Highland dancing has been described as a sport, dance and art.  Antigonish dancers have a long tradition of achievement and excellence.

The Antigonish Highland Dancing Association (AHDA) is a volunteer operated non-profit organization founded to promote, preserve and foster highland dancing in Antigonish.

The AHDA is proud to sponsor annual highland dancing competitions.  Since 1863, Antigonish has been hosting a dancing competition during the Antigonish Highland Games.  In July, the AHDA will once again sponsor the competitions during the Antigonish Highland Games: the Highland Heart Open Premiership and the New Scotland Open Premiership.  In November 2015, the AHDA sponsored the 40th annual competition.

Highland dancing can be a year round commitment but most new dance classes begin in the Fall.  Our dancers learn not only highland dancing but, they acquire many life skills, such as sportsmanship, discipline, leadership, teamwork and respect for others.

AHDA Membership Benefits:

  • The opportunity to dance in a non-competitive environment at the Annual AHDA Christmas Concert, Antigonish Highland Games Street Fair Concert, the Antigonish Farmers Market and other community events throughout the year.
  • The opportunity to take part in AHDA sponsored workshops, preferred registration and pricing, recitals and socials.
  • The opportunity to compete for the “Bill Cousins Memorial Award”, presented at the annual AHDA Fall competition to a pre-premier member of AHDA.
  • Will have their dance competition results submitted to the local newspaper and all social media outlets by the association.
  • Dancers are eligible to apply for an AHDA scholarship in their last year of secondary education. Association members are eligible to apply for a travel allowance if selected to represent Nova Scotia at the annual Canadian Highland Dance Championships.