Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games

2023 Highland Dance Competition


Judge and Workshop Instructor: Pamela Moisley


Competition Organizer: Patricia Nuzzo

Email: highlanddance@tucsoncelticfestival.org

Cell #: 520-591-8257


Trophy Sponsorship: $35.00

Medal Set Sponsorship: $15.00



Rillito Raceway Park

4502 N 1st Ave.

Tucson, AZ 85718



Saturday, Nov, 4 2023

Gates Open at 8:00 AM

Registration at 9:00AM

Competition starts at 9:30AM

Pre-Premier workshop to follow competition

Pre-Premier Workshop: 1 Hour


Premier Workshop with Judge:

Sunday, Nov, 5 2023

Gates Open at 8:00 AM

Workshop Begins at 9:00 AM

Premier: 1.5 Hours


Location: Dance Competition Venue


Terry Burke Memorial Trophy is a special choreography competition in memory of Terry Burke and sponsored by Patricia Nuzzo. Please see competition rules for requirements.


Competition Rules

  • Competition will be governed by RSOBHD and ScotDance USA rules.

  • All dancers must have a valid SDUSA or Scotdance registration number to enter. A valid 2023 card is required to receive awards. 

  • Dancers without a valid 2023 registration card will not be allowed to compete. 

  • Pre-Premier cards will be collected at registration

  • Change in classification must be received by Oct 30, 2023. 

  • This is a non-refundable entry. 

  • Organizers reserve the right to cancel, split or combine, add events or makes changes within the RSOBHD rules. 

  • Competitors will dance in reverse order of entry. 

  • All competitors are expected to comply with SDUSA Code of  Ethics. 

  • Any dancer causing delay will forfeit entry in any event. 

  • Any attempt to approach a judge or piper on behalf of a competitor may result in disqualification. 

  • Dancers must be in competition dress to accept all awards. 

  • Decisions of the judge are final. Protests must be made in writing and submitted to the Executive Secretary with a fee of $5.00 before the end of the competition. Fee will be returned if protest is sustained. 

  • All dances count toward aggregate trophies each day and is awarded to the dancer in their class and age category with the highest points. 

  • Premier Under 12 and Pre-Premier dancers will receive medals for 1st through 6th places. 

  • Oldest Premier class will receive cash awards and medals.  

  • Aggregate trophies are based on the number of dancers and age groups.   

  • Premier age groups will be based on total number of registrations. 


  • Terry Burke Memorial Choreography Trophy is open to Premier dancers in both solo and group.

  • Special choreography music must be Celtic in nature and no more than 3 minutes long. Music must be able to be played using a bluetooth connection.

  • The Jean and Phil Donnachie Memorial Trophy is a perpetual trophy awarded to the Premier dancer who has earned the most aggregate points.  Less than six premier dancers within an age group will require a dance off for the trophy.

  • Most Promising Dancer will be awarded in the Beginner, Novice, and Intermediate categories. These cash awards will be judges choice.

  • Competitor numbers will be issued at registration. 


Photographs and videos taken by parents/friends must be limited to your own dancer unless you are given permission from the dancer’s parent/legal guardian.  


2023 Highland Dance Competition & Workshop Registration


Primary Dance Selection
*Dancer's Admission is included with their registration. All other guests will need to purchase an additional pass for admission.*
Additional Admission Tickets
Please read the Hold Harmless Agreement
I/We, the undersigned, hereby acknowledge receipt and acceptance of the above rules and policies and agree to abide by them. This registration is submitted for consideration by the Competition Organizer of the Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games. Please note that submissions take time to process, please wait for the confirmation. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience. E-signatures of parents or legal guardians is required for minors 18 years of age and younger.