Dancers are 4 years and/or under 7 years old
Dancers stay at this level until they have a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in any of the 4 Highland dances (Fling, Sword, Sean Triubhas and Reel) at 6 different competitions. Beginner cards are not stamped for any 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in any National dances (Flora and Lilt). Beginners may still compete and win awards in the Flora and Lilt and these placings will count towards any overall aggregate award. Dancers may stay at this level for at least 6 months.
Dancers stay at this level until they have a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in any dance at 6 different competitions. Dancers may stay at this level for at least 6 months.
Dancers stay at this level for one year from the date of the first intermediate competition.
Dancers at the highest level
There are age classifications in each group, so each dancer competes not only against dancers of a similar standard but also against dancers in their age group.