- Membership Questions
- What is Saturday Practice and why is it important?
- What are some other ways I can become part of the Scottish community in Kansas City?
- Where do I find information about upcoming events (including competitions and performances) for the KCSAHDA?
- What are class, competition, and performance dress standards?
- When will the first competition/performance be?
Q: Membership Questions:
Why should I or my dancer become a member of the KCSAHDA?
A: Benefits include: discounted fees for local workshops, grants for competitions, and grants for eligible dancers at the United States Inter-Regional Championships and B.A.T.D. Sadie Simpson Scholarship. Full members also receive the benefit to vote and hold office which affects the future of the association. Full membership is available to dancers, teachers, and family members.
Associate membership is available for those who would like to support the association’s efforts but do not wish to hold office or vote on business. Associate members reserve the right to sit in on the association’s meetings, participate in social functions, and receive newsletters distributed by the association.
When is membership available/due?
Membership is available at any time. Print the registration form and mail it to the KCSAHDA secretary. Renewal registration is due by January 31st each year.
Q: What is Saturday Practice and why is it important?
A: Saturday Practices are free practices open for members and non-members to attend. These practices offer feedback from multiple instructors, allow for interaction between studios, and give potential students a feel for Highland dance. View our scheduled practices here.
Q: What are some other ways I can become part of the Scottish community in Kansas City?
A: The KCSAHDA works with the Kansas City Saint Andrew Society, the Kansas City Saint Andrew Pipes and Drums, and the Kansas City Scottish Highland Games and Celtic Festival to promote Scottish heritage in and around Kansas City.
Q: Where do I find information about upcoming events (including competitions and performances) for the KCSAHDA?
A: You can find information on the KCSAHDA Calendar or “like” us on Facebook for updates on performances, competitions, and other events. All members receive newsletters with information on upcoming events.
Q: What are class, competition, and performance dress standards?
A: Class dress standards typically are t-shirt or tank top, athletic shorts, knee high socks, and ghilles. Warm ups are acceptable during cooler weather, but must be taken off after warm up time is over. Hair is to be held back out of the dancers’ face. Practice skirts are encouraged for dancers working on Nationals and Jig. Standards may vary between teachers.
Competition dress standards for Highland, National, and Character dances can be found here. Generally, for competitions females wear their hair in a bun. Males wear their hair combed neat, so it does not distract from his overall appearance.
Performance dress standards depend on the teacher in charge, and it is best to contact the teacher. When in doubt of what is expected, competition standards are the default.
Q: When will the first competition/performance be?
A: The first competition/performance will be decided by the dancer’s teacher. The dancer needs the knowledge of the dance(s) being performed, the correct outfit, and the teacher’s approval.