Highland dancing is the unique dance form for Scottish bagpipes. The Highland Fling and Sword Dance date back to the Middle Ages and have a ritual, war-like, masculine character. In the eighteenth century, ballet influenced dances like Seann Triubhas (“old trousers”), the Scottish Lilt and Flora McDonald’s Fancy, giving them a graceful, feminine character. Vigorous dances like the Sailor’s Hornpipe and the Irish Jig were borrowed from neighboring cultures, but are mainstays at Highland games.
Hill Country Highland Dancers hold classes twice
weekly for boys and girls ages 6 to adult.
They compete in Highland games at all levels, and
perform at events throughout central Texas.
Certified teacher Mike Downer is a member of the Scottish
Official Board of Highland Dancing and the British Association of Teachers of