Philosophy & Goals

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Through Highland Dancing, children are encouraged to grow as they work towards developing:

  • Their own individual potential
  • The ability to do their best at their own level
  • Satisfaction in “doing” and pride in “getting there”
  • Fun and Friendships
  • A collection of cherished memories

The school environment is supportive, encouraging and non-judgmental. Winning is always second to personal progress.

GOALS OF HIGHLAND DANCING

  • Development of the Mind: Children’s minds are developed through learning intricate dance steps combined to create complex dances. Highland dancers improve their memories through this process. Dancing also fosters the development of organizational, sorting and patterning skills, self-discipline, and personal responsibility for one’s own learning. These skills are transferable for use in many other life situations.
  • Development of the Body: Highland Dancing develops total body strength and stamina. Leg strength, foot control, presentation of head and arms, and body deportment all combine to promote an athletic yet controlled and graceful presentation.
  • Development of Character: The most important benefit! Dancers learn to set realistic goals and build confidence and self-esteem. Through participation in exams and competitions, they are motivated and inspired, and gain pride and satisfaction from their achievements. They learn sportsmanship in accepting winning and defeat graciously, while experiencing camaraderie and genuine peer support and encouragement.

PARTICIPATION IN HIGHLAND DANCING CAN BE ENJOYED FOR A LIFETIME!