Support the Dancers

Whether you're a dance parent or friend, there are many ways to show your support for the Portland Metro Scottish Highland Dance community. PHDA is always in need of monetary funds and volunteer time!


Your tax-deductible donation will make a huge difference for the dancers. Funds go toward the expenses of running competitions, including judge's fees, medals and trophies. Your donation will also help support PHDA Scholarships (see below). 

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The PHDA is proud to offer Scholarships to our dancers. If you would like your donation to go specifically to one or both of these Scholarship funds, please make a notation with your donation.

Spirit of Dance Scholarships
(Pre-Premier Dancers)

The PHDA Board has designated that a percentage of fundraising dollars to be awarded to Pre-Premier dancers in the form of dance scholarships. Each time a Pre Premier dancer competes in one of the three PHDA indoor competitions and/or attends a PHDA sponsored workshop, the dancer’s name will be entered into a drawing to be held at the spring competition. The PHDA will award a minimum of two scholarships annually.

NW Regional Representative Scholarships 
(Premier Dancers)

A dancer who qualifies to represent the NW Region at the USIR is eligible for Regional Representative funds. The dancer must be a member of the PHDA, and has competed in two PHDA competitions during the year.

Please note that the amount of both the Spirit of Dance and NW Regional Representative Scholarships may vary from year to year based on funds available at that time. 


It takes the support of volunteers to organize and run PHDA competitions and fundraisers for our dancers. PHDA is entirely run by members who kindly volunteer their time and expertise. 

We require 8 members to fill our Board annually and approximately 20 other members to volunteer in some capacity at each of our 3 dance competitions each season. 

We ask that every PHDA member volunteer at (at least) 1 competition per season. Each competition volunteer position has at least 2 members assigned, which allows parents to watch their dancers on stage and assist with costume changes as needed.

Sign up to volunteer when you register for a competition or email

What volunteer positions are needed at competitions?

  • Set Up - Put out chairs for parents, set up judge's table, etc.
  • Snack Bar - Assist hungry dancers & parents by selling snacks during the competition.
  • PHDA Fundraisers - Develop a fundraising project or assist a fundraising coordinator.
  • Check-In Table - Check FUSTA cards and pass out competition numbers.
  • Dance Steward (marshal) - Ensure that the dancers get on stage at the correct time and in the correct order.
  • Runner for Tally Table - Carry the scoring sheets from the judge's table to the tally table.
  • Tally Table (scrutineer) - Translate judge's scores into placings according to SOBHD guidelines.
  • Awards - Assist in passing out ribbons & trophies.
  • Clean Up - Take down signs, banner, judge's table, etc.
  • Program - Create and print copies of the program.