Visit the dance stage on Saturday and Sunday, where you can experience the beauty and grace that is Scottish Highland Dance. The dances are a spectacular combination of strength, agility, movement, music, and costume. Highland dancing was traditionally performed by men but is now performed by both men and women. It is one of few arenas where men and women compete equally. The tremendous strength, stamina, and technical precision that accomplished dancers exhibit on stage comes from years of independent training and collaboration with experienced and dedicated teachers. 

Some of the best dancers in the country will compete for honors and scholarships in a wide variety of classic dance routines that are as old as the Scottish hills. 


Saturday - Approximately 11:30am to 12pm  whenever there is a break during Highland Dance competition, a demonstration of two Scottish Country dances - City of Belfast and Reel of the Royal Scots will take place. We may demonstrate a third dance if time permits and we have yet to select the third dance. We'll have live music provided by the Good Thymes Ceilidh Band for the demonstrations.  This demonstration will last about an hour.

Learn To Dance

Saturday - Approximately 2:30pm to 3:00pm after the Highland Dance competition is completed attendees can join experienced Scottish Country dancers from the area to learn and dance several Scottish Country dances. We'll review a variety of dances. For each, we'll teach the dances and demonstrate, then walk through the dances slowly, and finally add music so that everyone can dance.
On Sunday - whenever the Highland Half Marathon activities are finished at approximately 10:30am to 11:00am attendees can join us for more dancing at the dance tent/stage.  Again on Sunday we will teach, walk-through, and dance a variety of dances.   Audience participation is encouraged!


Competing Dancers - Register Here



The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society is an International group dedicated to preserving and promoting Scottish Country Dancing.



Local dance groups dance the first Saturday each month at Boyd's Jig and Reel at 4:30pm in the Old City of Knoxville, Tenn.

Johnson City

Local dance groups dance each Tuesday evening at 7:30 PM at Munsey Memorial Methodist Church in downtown Johnson City Tenn.