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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