Cairngorm Dancers

About Us



BonnieTartan_HighlandDancer_wHighland Dancing is an Activity for all that helps to develop coordination skills; develops concentration levels; increases heart rate and therefore assists with the maintenance of a healthy weight; provides opportunities for children to develop self confidence, learn about goal setting, achieving and celebratingtheir achievements.

Highland Dancing stimulates the brain in many ways. The nature of the dance form is perceptual motor in nature and provides learning paths between the feet, arms and the brain. Highland Dancing helps to correct postural problems in students who struggle with balance, turned in feet and poor posture.

The cultural and historical nature of the dance, costuming and steps engages students in their new learning as does the “difference” of the activity from the norm. For more information on how you can help your children attain greater success across the full spectrum of physical, social,emotional and academic learning.

Newsletter 2, 2017

Term 1 is almost over and Easter will be upon us before we know it. Thank you to all those who supported the fundraiser. I hope you all enjoy your cookie dough. Congratulations to those who have competed in the first competition for the year, Thistles. I was very pleased with the dancing and conduct of each student who attended. Sections were very hard as the range of ages in each section was broad. Next competition for the year will be Allora and then Toowoomba. All programs are available on the sqrchdi website as they become available. Please let me know if you enter your child in a competition so I can ensure they know the dances that they will be competing in well, or if they need extra steps, ensure that they know these as well. I wish you all a wonderful Easter break.... read more

2017, 2

2017 will see some major changes to Cairngorm Dancers, in that this year we will be offering Adult exercise classes at Burpengary.  This will be an alternative to the gym with some Highland Dancing thrown in. If anyone is interested in these classes please email me on First term will be 10 weeks long for those having lessons at Burpengary and 9 weeks for those having lessons at St. Joseph’s at Bracken Ridge. I hope to get to know you all and welcome those who are new to Highland Dancing this year.... read more

January 2015 Newsletter

Hello – and Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed our fantastic concerts and Christmas party! Our dancers all danced so well and put in a great effort on two hot days and it was great to see everyone have fun afterwards. We’ll let you know when the Concert DVDs are ready. Cairngorm Dancers Photo Shoot Thursday, 22nd January, 2015 (4pm – 7pm) As part of Triscia’s birthday present this year, we presented her with a voucher for a professional photo shoot. Come along the evening before Summer School starts to help make a memorable present! Group shots will be taken in choreography costumes, kilts etc. Individual photos can be organised and purchased on the day. If you don’t have a costume, one will be provided for your child. Triscia would like all dancers, regardless of how long they have been learning, to be included in this photographic present. More details to come – please keep this date free so that all dancers can be included in this wonderful opportunity! Summer School 2015 If you haven’t been to a Summer School, you don’t know what you’re missing dancers! Each year I organise a dancing specialist teacher from overseas to come and teach Australian highland dancing students at our studio. We have dancers come down from Townsville, from interstate and from other studios to participate in this fantastic opportunity. You’ll get to work on your dancing with a professional overseas coach, meet other dancers and just have a great time! You can choose one, two or three days dancing, plus a private lesson – get your details and payment... read more

Teachers Profile

Triscia Riding

Teacher and Principal

Triscia Riding is a fully qualified world wide adjudicator who has adjudicated throughout the world and in 2009 was asked to represent Australia on the world wide judging panel for the world championships.  She has taught workshops in America, Dubai and throughout most States of Australia.  Triscia is a QSDA and VSDA qualified examiner.  Triscia has 30 years teaching, 27 years years examining and 26 years adjudicating experience.  As a competitor Triscia competed in Australia, England and Scotland winning or being placed in the top 3 overall at many championships both here and overseas.


Val Watt


Val Watt is an honorary Adjudicator with over 30 years teaching, examining and adjudicating experience.  Val Watt commenced dancing at the age of 2 and has been involved in dancing in one form or another ever since.  Val Watt ran a successful Highland Dancing Studio for many years before combining with Triscia Riding and then retired from regular teaching commitments about 10 years ago.  Val Watt now assists with teaching as needed and also helps with the financial side of the studio.  Val Watt has a wealth of knowledge and information regarding Highland Dancing and can help parents with what is allowed with regard to costumes when competing.  Val Watt is also the current Dancer Registrar for the South Queensland Regional Committee of Highland Dancing and all questions regarding the registration scheme should be directed to her.

Second Hand Costumes

 If you wish to advertise a costume for sale please forward a picture along with size details, wanted price and contact details to:







Monday Tuesday
Burpengary St Joseph’s
3.30-4.30 Beginners 7.30-8.00 All levels
4.30-5.30 Advanced Beginners & Novice 12.30-1.15 Beginners
5.30-7.00 Intermediate & Premier 3.00-4.00 Beginners
4.00-6.00 Advanced class
Wednesday  Thursday
 Burpengary  St Joseph’s
3.15-4.00 Semi-Private 12.30-1.15 Beginners
4.00-5.00 Private 3.00-4.00 Beginners
5.00-5.45 Semi-Private 4.00-5.00 Advanced
5.45-6.30 Semi-Private Burpengary
6.30-7.30 Semi-Private  6.00-7.00 Semi-Private
 7.00-8.00 Adults
Friday  Saturday
 Burpengary  Burpengary
 4.00-5.00  Private 8.30-9.30  Beginners
9.30-11.30  Semi-Private lessons
11.30-12.30  Advanced Class
12.30-3.00  Private lessons

* Privates available upon request

**Classes held on public holidays and pupil free days are subject to change

***Lessons held on Saturdays are subject to competitions and seminars

Please check newsletter for dates that lessons will not be held on.