Learn to Dance


Dance Teachers

In Vermont:

Lessons in Essex Junction and St. Johnsbury: Heather Morris, Heather Morris School of Dance

Lessons in Shelburne and St. Albans: Kristin Kirkpatrick, Kirkpatrick School of Highland Dance

Lessons in Graniteville: AmyBeth Fredricksen, Lillie School of Highland Dance

Lessons in Montpelier area: Lisa Schrenk

Lessons in Hinesburg: Danielle Pezzimenti, Thistle Down School of Highland Dance


For dance teachers elsewhere.


Dance Camps

Nova Scotia: The Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts offers one and two week sessions in July and August that offer Highland dance instruction. You can also have instruction in another discipline of the Celtic arts and crafts (including Cape Breton step dancing).

New York: The Braemar Summer School offers Highland Dancing and Kilt Making workshops at the end of June each year. The camp is held on the campus of the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York. Dance classes are for children ages 8 - adult and are grouped by ability. Participants stay in the campus dorm rooms and are grouped according to age. Kilt making classes require some experience in sewing and at the end of the camp students go home with a finished kilt. Attendees says it's a lot of fun. Many of our dancers have attended dance camp over the years and have learned new skills and made new friends.

Ohio: The Ohio Scottish Arts School runs a dance camp during the last week of June (after the Ohio Scottish Games ends).

Ontario: Kingston School of Scottish Music and Dance offers instruction in dancing, piping, and drumming at Queens University.

Prince Edward Island: The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada offers sessions for Pre-Premier dancers and Premier dancers during July.

If you know of other dance camps please send SAHDVT information on them.


Medal Tests

Medal tests provide an opportunity for the dancer to be judged against a standard as opposed to another dancer. Plus, the examiner provides written comments for each dancer. A good description of these exams can be found in the book A Parent's Guide to Highland Dancing.