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 are 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 has been described as a sport, dance and art. Antigonish dancers have a long tradition of achievement and excellence both nationally and internationally.
Highland dancing can be a year round commitment but most new dance classes begin in the Fall. There are 80+ AHDA dancers in Antigonish between the ages of 4 and 21. Our dancers learn not only highland dancing but, they acquire many life skills, such as sportsmanship, discipline, leadership, teamwork and respect for others.