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.

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... read more

Cairngorm Newsletter – 20 November 2014

Hello The year is almost over but we still have some dancing to do! Congratulations to everyone who competed in competitions in Term 4 – you all did a great job and it is wonderful to see so many of our new, younger dancers up on stage doing their best! Recent... read more

Newsletter September 4 2014

Cairngorm Newsletter – 4th September 2014 Well, Term 3 has been a big one, with lots of competitions – everyone has done a great job, and in particular, congratulations to everyone who danced in a competition for the first time – well done! It’s also been a busy... 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.