Highland Dance Competition

jim akins

Jim Akins of the Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center in Franklin, NC, will speak on tartan, color terms, tartan history and fake tartans. He will also explain why clan tartans don't date “to the mists of time” as many clans claim but to around 1822. The Museum was founded in 1988 to be a reliable resource on tartans, Scottish dress and heritage in the United States as well as Canada. One of the founding purposes of the Tartan Museum is to dispel myths about tartans, which is a constant battle as these myths have been repeated for generations. Jim has served as president of the board of directors and as general manager of the gift shop at the Tartan Museum for 10 years.

Jim Akins
Highland Dance Registration

Scottish Highland Dancing is an exciting celebration of the Scottish spirit! The dances are a combination of strength, agility, movement, music and costume. They are generally danced solo and in competition unlike other dance mediums. Dancers typically dance to traditional Scottish music such as Strathspeys, Reels, Hornpipes and Jigs all played by accompanying bagpiper. Dances are made up of different parts, called steps and are usually four or six steps to a dance.

Highland dancing was traditionally performed by men but is now performed by men and women. It is one of few arenas where men and women compete equally. In most competitions, the number of women competing far exceeds the number of men.

In addition to perpetuating a great cultural tradition, highland dancers appreciate the athletic challenges, competitive goals, performance opportunities as well as the opportunity to meet and become lifelong friends with dancers from other areas, both nationally and internationally.

The Highland Dance Competition takes place Saturday, May 18.

9:30 a.m. Registration for all dancers
10 a.m. Competition begins for all dancers

Questions?

Kathryn Walker
[email protected] | Subject line: Smoky Mtn. Dance Questions
Cell:615-202-1058

jim akins

Jim Akins of the Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center in Franklin, NC, will speak on tartan, color terms, tartan history and fake tartans. He will also explain why clan tartans don't date “to the mists of time” as many clans claim but to around 1822. The Museum was founded in 1988 to be a reliable resource on tartans, Scottish dress and heritage in the United States as well as Canada. One of the founding purposes of the Tartan Museum is to dispel myths about tartans, which is a constant battle as these myths have been repeated for generations. Jim has served as president of the board of directors and as general manager of the gift shop at the Tartan Museum for 10 years.

Jim Akins

Special Awards

Most Promising Beginner
Novice Trophy Fling
Intermediate Hornpipe Challenge
Premier Dancer-of-the-Day Award