Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came to the Holiday Tartan Tea! It was great fun for everyone. 

See more photos on Facebook. Thank you Ken Jones for these photos!











Fall Competition is this Saturday!


This Saturday, Oct. 25th, is the Fall Competition. Dancer check-in begins at 9:15 am. The competition will begin promptly at 10:00 am. 


Upcoming Event - The Holiday Tartan Tea

We invite you to join us for the Holiday Tartan Tea on November 8th. This event is a benefit for the PHDA. There will be a High Tea with delicious teas and lunch, a Silent Auction with various items (just in time for the Holidays!), and Highland dance and piping performances.

We need your help with the silent auction! Do you have an item you'd like to donate to the Holiday Tartan Tea? You can bring it to the competition. Please label the item with the market value.


Donate Auctions Items for the Tartan Tea

In order for this year’s Tartan Tea to be a success, we will need your help in aiding to our silent auction!

Do you have an item you'd like to donate to the Tartan Tea? Here are some examples of the most popular items from the past that you may consider:

  • Alcohol
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Dolls, Doll Apparel
  • Theme Gift Baskets - Fitness, Chocolate, Tea, Coffee, Gift Cards, Sweet/Savory treats, Movie Night, Dance wear
  • Jewelry, Accessories
  • Handmade Items
  • Homemade Goodies
  • Getaways – Beach, Cabins, Wine Tour


Items should be labeled, your preferred display and will require the market value.

Remember, networking is key when it comes to gathering items. Please ask your friends, family, co-workers, anyone you can think of who may be able to donate.

Ready to donate? Contact Nancy Truszkowski at nancy-t@comcast.net. OR you can bring it to the Fall Competition on October 25th.

Thank you for your support of the Portland Highland dancers!

Holiday Tartan Tea

We invite you to join us for the Holiday Tartan Tea on November 8th. This event is a benefit for the PHDA. There will be a High Tea with delicious teas and lunch, a Silent Auction with various items (just in time for the Holidays!), and Highland dance and piping performances.

The Holiday Tartan Tea is brought to you by volunteers of the dance association, local dance teachers and their dance students. This promises to be a fun event!

Do you have an auction item you can donate? Bring it to the Fall Competition on October 25th. Dancers who want to serve or perform please contact your dance teacher to sign up.

Holiday Tartan Tea

Saturday, November 8th at 12:00pm.

Location: 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Great Hall
1624 NE Hancock Street
Portland, OR 97212

Individual Tickets: $25
Reserve a table for 8: $190

Contact Nancy by phone or email to reserve your spot. 503.292.6240, nancy-t@comcast.net


Thank you for your support of the Portland Highland dancers!

Entry Forms, Dance Schedule, and New Events

We are pleased to announce the competition dates for the 2014-2015 dance season. Fall Competition will be on Oct .25th. Winter Premier Competition and Pre-Premier Festival on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14th. The Spring Competition will be April 25th.


Primary/Beginner Debut


Designed for dancers who are not quite ready to compete but who would benefit from a performance opportunity at one of the dance competitions. No entry fees are required.  There will be no judge’s critiques, prizes or participation gifts. Dancers may debut at only one competition.  Dance teachers will contact the competition organizer with names of students ready to debut. Talk to your dance teacher is you would like to participate.


2015 Winter Premier Competition, Pre Premier Festival and Premier Workshop


New this year, a festival exclusively for Pre Premier dancers. The Winter Competition will feature a competition for Premier dancers Saturday morning and a festival for Pre Premier dancers in the afternoon. 


A festival looks very much like a competition but there are no prizes awarded.  Instead dancers receive written comments from the judge for each dance. At the end of the festival, the judge will share general comments with the dancers and audience before the dancers receive their personal written comments. This is a wonderful opportunity for Pre Premier dancers to get personalized feedback.


The Premier workshop will be on Sunday, February 15, 2015. Workshop Instructor will be Mary Munro, Burnaby, BC.


We look forward to you joining us for a fun filled dance season!

Thank you!

Thank you for a wonderful dance season! We'd like to thank the teachers, dancers and volunteers. Your support makes it possible for us to have indoor competitions, an annual workshop, and dance scholarships.

Here are links to a few of the Highland Games in our region. The FUSTA website has a compete list of events in the US. Read the PDF here.


Good luck to all the dancers in their summer competitions!

2014 President's Award Recipient is Virginia Johnson

Every year, since 2009, the PHDA President chooses one person from the Portland Scottish Highland dance community to receive the President's Award for their ongoing support of Highland dance.

The 2014 President's Award went to Virginia Johnson, a longtime supporter of Scottish Highland Dance.

Virginia's family was one of the small group of families and dance parents in the 1950's that formed the Portland Highland Dancing Association. The Johnson family included Virginia, bagpiper Bob, Pipe Major of the Portland Scottish Pipe Band, and Highland dancers Ann and Connie.

The dance association was created to provide opportunities for dancers to appear before a certified judge at local competitions as well as enjoy other activities during the school year in addition to attending lessons. Competitions were held monthly in a variety of locations and a judge was brought in. Six competitions were held during the season with aggregate trophies awarded at the end. Virginia's name appears on the articles of incorporation of the association.

Virginia continued her interest in Scottish Highland dance and has served as president of the Portland Highland Games Association and has been a recent president of the St. Andrews Society of Oregon.

Virginia's daughter, Ann Johnson, has continued the tradition of supporting Highland dance in the Portland area as a dance instructor for over thirty years. Ann is also on the Scottish Official Board adjudicator’s panel, former FUSTA President and a SDTA Examiner.

Virginia is honored to be the recipient of the President's Awards and believes that this splendid organization will continue to successfully provide opportunities in Highland dance in our community.

Competition and Workshop this weekend!

This Saturday is the final PHDA dance competition of the 2013-1014 season!

There will be a Pre-Premier dance workshop on Saturday immediately following the dance competition and there will be Premier workshop on Sunday with our judge Rebecca McKinnon. There's still time to register for the workshop. Bring your registration form and check to the competition. View the Workshop Registration form (pdf).

Dancer check-in for the competition begins at 9:15 am. First call for dancers is 9:45 am. The dancing begins at 10:00 am. View the Spring Competition Platform Schedule (pdf). Competition will at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Located at 162 NE Hancock, Portland, Oregon 97212

Best of luck to all the competitors and have a fun weekend of dancing!

2013 President's Award Recipient

Sherry Case and President Jim Patterson
Every year, since 2009, the PHDA President chooses one person from the Portland Scottish Highland dance community to receive the President's Award for their ongoing support of Highland dance.

The 2013 President's Award went to Sherry Case of Portland, Oregon.

Sherry has been an active member of PHDA since 1982, beginning as a dancer, then as both a teacher and parent. She held the office of PHDA President for two terms. Sherry also teaches with her daugher, Jocelyn Case, at the Case School of Highland Dance in NE Portland.

Sherry has been particularly involved with fundraising, running the snack bar, and even partnering to make a quilt that was raffled off. She has also helped created a line of clothing promoting Highland dance that dancers still wear to this day.

Her biggest event was to propose, chair and cater the first PHDA Tartan Tea and Silent Auction 6 years ago. The fundraiser proved so popular that the association continued it for four more years, making PHDA thousand of dollars that was used for running competitions and financially assisting Portland dancers who attend the USIR.

Sherry would like to thank President Jim Patterson for choosing her for this honorable award.

Thank you Sherry for all your hard work and support of Portland Highland Dancing!

Join us for the spring dance workshop!

Join us for the annual workshop on April 12 and 13th, 2014, with Rebecca McKinnon. The workshop is available for Pre-Premier and Premier dancers. Rebecca is a SOBHD Adjudicator and Director of McKinnon School of Dance in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Rebecca & student Katie Lee, when Katie
won the 2011 Junior World Championships


Rebecca began dancing at the age of 4 and enjoyed a successful competitive dancing career for over 20 years. She is a member of both the BATD and the SDTA. In September of 2003, Rebecca became the Executive Member for Alberta with ScotDance Canada. 

She has taught students who have won numerous championships around the world, including the Canadian Interprovincial, the North American, the Scottish Open, the British Open, the Commonwealth, and the Junior World Highland Dancing Championships. Outside of the dancing world, Rebecca is a teacher with Edmonton Public Schools.  

Register for the workshop here!  


Saturday April 12th workshop will be held following the Spring Competition for Pre-Premier dancers. Sunday April 13th workshop will be for Premier dancers.