"With so many choices of activities and sports available for children, Highland dance is one that provides enduring benefits that reach far beyond learning the traditional dances of Scotland.
Considered both a sport and an art form, Highland dance builds strong and flexible bodies, improves agility, coordination and balance and increases bone density. More importantly Highland dance imparts lessons that last a lifetime. Dancers learn goal-setting, self-discipline, resilience, and adaptability."
-- Raising the Barre, A Research-Based Guide to Teaching Highland Dancing
Scottish Highland dancing boosts brain power!
Children who choose to do Highland Dancing tend to excel in school because it is one of the very few activities that use cross lateral integration exclusively to perform movements. This practice significantly improves reading and math skills.
Highland Dancing Builds Strong Bodies!
Scottish Highland Dancing Builds Character!
Scottish Highland dancing is the perfect combination of art and sport. It combines the technical elements, grace, and beauty of dance with the strength and coordination found in the competitive aspects of sport. You do not have to be of Scottish heritage to participate in this form of dance. Whether your interest is in performing or competing, Highland dancing is for you! Boys and girls of all ages and skill levels perform and compete together throughout the year at local, national, and international events.
Wearing the traditional kilt and dancing to bagpipe music, your child will develop the skills that will give them valuable experiences that can have a positive impact throughout their lives.
Competition is at the heart of Highland dancing and all dancers are encouraged to compete- although it is not required. The skills acquired through competition and performance are invaluable in life and are a large part of what makes Highland dancers and alumni into successful lawyers, medical professionals, engineers, educators, published authors, clergy, first responders, elected officials and members of professional dance companies.
Jessica Bach began dancing and competing in 1999, thanks to an exposure to Highland dancing through her grandfather's "Irish" pub which had Highland dancers and bagpipers perform every St. Patrick's Day. Her competitive and performance career has included such highlights as performing at Epcot Center in Disneyworld, winning various awards, and dancing in theatres at the premier for the Pixar film Brave.
In 2010, Jessica became a Member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (B.A.T.D.), which is the Highland dance version of a teacher's certificate. She also became a member of the ScotDance USA, the organization for Highland dancing teachers in the U.S. In 2017, Jessica was elected as the Western Regional Delegate for ScotDance USA which gives her a seat on the National Board of Directors.
Today, Jessica travels more extensively than ever in order to attend performances, competitions, and workshops with her dancers to help make them as successful as possible. Her students' successes and perseverance are what continue to drive her to be the best teacher she can be! She credits her teacher and mentor, Kyla Groeschel, for providing her the tools to excel as a dancer and teacher and to begin the road to becoming a Highland dancing judge.