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 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

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 Competitions Jacaranda Highland Dancers’ Competition, Grafton, 17 November 2014 Here’s Zoe in her new kilt at the Grafton Competition – you look beautiful Zoe! South Queensland Championships & Competition, Bracken Ridge, 18th/19th October Wonderful dancing by everyone who attended – I was proud of each and every one of you. Here’s Giselle at the competition: Registration for 2015 All dancers need to be registered at the beginning of each year. Our region now has a new Dancer Registrar – Helen Jimmieson. You will need to provide two identical passport size photos, sign the registration form, include your 2014 registration card, $35 and a stamped self addressed envelope, if you would like the registration card posted out to you. Upcoming Competitions Watch this space for 2015! Costumes If you would like to purchase a costume for your child, please contact either myself or Mrs Watt first, as the costumes the children were are specific and there are certain kilts that are not suitable for Highland Dancing. Pumps (dancing shoes) can be purchased from me for $65, although the price has recently increased and I will need to start passing on that cost to students as soon as my current stock is depleted. There’s a handy costume checklist at the end of this newsletter to print off and use for... 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 time for Mrs Watt who has resigned as Dance Registrar for the South East Queensland Regional Committee of Highland Dancing. Congratulations Mrs Watt on doing such a wonderful job in this very important role. Mrs Watt will still be very busy as she’s training our own Helen Jimmieson in this role. Congratulations Helen! Recent Competitions Barrier Reef Championships, Townsville, Saturday 30th August Hannah Watts, Emma Pomerenke, Amy Jimmieson and Courtnie McGrath-Kerr travelled to Townsville on the weekend to compete in the Barrier Reef Championships. They all danced extremely well and Amy and Courtnie both got second in their respective Championships – well done Ladies! Hannah placed fifth in her Championship, and Emma placed in both Swords and Seann Triubhas in her Championship and was 7th overall. All of our dancers received places in either Title Dances and/or Trophy Dances. I was very proud of how well they all danced. On Sunday we played tourists and visited the Aquarium, Science Museum and City Centre Markets.              QDSA Competition, Bracken Ridge, Sunday 24th August We had lots of dancers competing at the QDSA Competition and I was very proud of those who danced in their very first competition – well done! Always remember it’s not about getting a place but about enjoying yourself and trying to do your best. I... 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.