We are disheartened to announce our Highland Dance Competition

for 2020 will be postponed until 2021

      The Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (RSOBHD)- worldwide governing body in Scotland sanctions our competition. They have canceled all competitions worldwide for the remainder of 2020 due to health and safety concerns. 

As our competition is a sanctioned event and must be approved and registered with RSOBHD in order for the dancers to advance through levels we have to follow their protocols. All  dance judges come through RSOBHD as well. 

      Scotdance USA is also recommending cancellation of dance competitions in the U.S. until 2021 for these reasons.  

      Moab Celtic Festival Board of Directors agrees the health and safety of our dance competitors, spectators and all other attendees at the event is the most important consideration. We feel cancelling the competition for the 2020 year is for the best.

      Our festival has truly been blessed and we are thrilled with the dance competition participation we have had in previous years. We know how much hard work and dedication goes into perfecting  your dancing skills and are disappointed we will not be able to see your great efforts at the festival this year.

      Thank you for the time spent by volunteers to make the competitions happen every year. Also thanks so much to each of you for continuing to support us through this difficult time.

      We look forward to 2021 with great anticipation! We can’t wait to see all the pointing ghillies return next year!!  Please be safe and take care of yourselves!


** We have invited Irish dancers for entertainment but no sanctioned competition will be held.

 If you have any questions or concerns, please email Richelle Augustine at chelleaug@gmail.com.

Highland Dance Registration



Scottish Highland Dancing is a celebration of the Scottish spirit. The dances are a spectacular combination of strength, agility, movement, music, and costume. Unlike other dance mediums, Highland dances are generally danced solo and in competition. Dancers typically dance to traditional Scottish music such as Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes and Jigs all played by an accompanying bagpiper. The dances are made up of different parts, called steps and there are usually four or six steps to a dance. The dances are great fun and anyone, not just those with a Scottish heritage, who thrills to the sound of the bagpipe can join in and learn the dances. (fusta.com)

For more information about Highland Dance, please visit fusta.com.

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