The RSOBHD recommends that, in all affected areas, all events are cancelled/postponed for the health & safety of our community.

As a worldwide governing body we are aware that the situation is changing on a daily basis and, therefore, the timeframe of this recommendation is until further notice.

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COVID-19 – UK Update

Many people will have seen the headline on Thursday 12th March that Scotland’s First Minister advised that mass gatherings of 500 people or more should be cancelled from the start of next week.  As far as we are aware the ban, at this time, is in relation to frontline emergency staff having to be in attendance at these events. As frontline emergency staff do not attend our events unless arranged by the organiser there is no direct impact.    However, this information is changing on an almost daily basis and we advise competition organisers to work with their venue and be guided by any restrictions put in place by the venue, local council or government.  We continue to try and get information directly from the Scottish Government to advise our event organisers.

Attendees at any events should follow advice given by health services and their local area/council.

Organisers of events outwith the UK will be guided by the restrictions put in place by their local area / government and supported by their national organisations i.e. ABHDI, FUSTA, OBHD(SA), ScotDance Canada, ScotDance New Zealand.

If you have queries regarding whether or not particular events are going ahead please contact the organiser directly. We will post via our Facebook page of any events that we have been advised are being cancelled/postponed.

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New Year Honours

Many congratulations to Margaret MacInnes, member of the BATD, who has been awarded the Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) in the 2020 New Year Honours list for services to Highland Dancing and the community.

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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Tattoo Dance Company Application Form 2020

Applications for the 2020 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Dance Company are now being accepted.

For further details please click on the application form below.

Applications close 17th January


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Christine Lacey MBE, 2019 Atholl Clasp Recipient

Congratulations to RSOBHD Chairman Christine Lacey MBE, who was awarded the Atholl Clasp for 2019. Christine was presented with her award by the Atholl Dancing Association Chairman, Liz Douglas, at the 2019 RSOBHD AGM.

Picture courtesy of Ronnie Cairns Photography.

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2018–2019 UK Champion of Champions

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 RSOBHD UK Champion of Champions and their teachers.

L to R:
Ellie Dalrymple, Senior Winner (Teacher Fiona MacNeil)
Robyn McMillan, Juvenile Winner (Teacher Lynne Hamilton)
Candice Walker, Adult Winner (Teacher Sarah Hendry)

Photo courtesy of Ronnie Cairns Photography

2018-2019 RSOBHD UK Champion of Champions

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Gladys MacDonald

The SOBHD are saddened to hear of the passing of Gladys MacDonald, a former member of the SOBHD Judges Panel, who passed away peacefully on Saturday 2nd November 2019.

Our thoughts are with Gladys’ family at this time.

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Joe Flannagan

The SOBHD are saddened to hear of the loss of Joe Flannagan, the husband of the previous SOBHD Director of Administration Helen Ford, who passed away on Wednesday 28th August 2019.

Joe’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 10th September at 3pm at Linn Crematorium, Lainshaw Drive, Glasgow G45 9SP.

Our thoughts are with Helen and Joe’s family at this time.

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2019 World Champions

Many congratulations to our 2019 World Champions: Rosey Watt, Macduff – World Juvenile Champion; Beret Dernbach, California – World Junior Champion; Marielle Lesperance, Nova Scotia – World Adult Champion.

Photograph courtesy of Ronnie Cairns Photography

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Paulina McMaster

The SOBHD are saddened to hear of the loss of Paulina McMaster, a member of the SOBHD Judges’ panel, who passed away on Wednesday 14th August 2019.

Our thoughts are with Paulina’s family and friends at this time.

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