Founded in 1947 and incorporated in 1978, the Manitoba Highland Dancers' Association (MHDA) is a non-profit organization run by volunteers.

This organization provides our dancers with high caliber competitions, honoraria, scholarships and workshops.   We rely on membership fees, donations, grants and fundraising events.   The association functions on a year round basis, coordinating 7 competitions each year (two of which are championships).   The MHDA runs these competitions starting in the Fall and ending in the early summer.   Each year the association runs the Manitoba Closed Championships, where dancers are selected to represent Manitoba at the Inter-Provincial Championships held each year in the month of July.

Our dancers, ranging in age from four year to adulthood, are taught by a body of certified highland dance teachers.   All teachers are members of ScotDance Manitoba, a provincial affiliate of ScotDance Canada, and governed by the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing.



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Congratulations to Laura Unruh

2015 10-Under 12 Champion


It has been 27 years since Manitoba has had a Canadian Highland Dance champion!

Laura UnRuh competed at the ScotDance Canadian Championship Series in London, Ontario where she danced her way to victory in the 10 and under 12 years class.




Congratulations to Lauren McCombe

Runner-Up in the 21 Years and Over Class

Lauren shared the winner's circle with Marielle Lesperance, who is this year's World Champion as well!

This is the first time in 18 years that a Manitoban has been a runner-up in the adult age group.







The 2004 SDCCS Scholarship Committee received 6 very worthy Premier scholarship applications this year.

The Committee is very pleased to announce that Katie Omand is the recipient of the Premier scholarship for 2015.

Katie demonstrated her dedication and love for highland dance through:

-           Starting a highland dance class at her school, teaching and choreographing her fellow students, topping it off with a performance for the whole school;

-          Actively participating in MHDA competitions; 

-          Attending many dance-outs with MHDA and Ena Sutton; 

-          Volunteering with MHDA by helping at the Tartan Tea and at competitions.

Katie’s Mum Lisa is also a very active volunteer with MHDA. 

It is through the efforts of volunteers that MHDA can run its competitions and Manitoba will host the ScotDance Canada Championship Series again in 2016.

The $500 scholarship was presented to Katie at an Ena Sutton dance practise.

Congratulations Katie!

We encourage all of the other applicants to keep up their great work demonstrating their love for highland dance and promoting highland dance in the community and to apply again in future years.

There were no applicants this year for the Pre-Premier scholarship.




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You can reach us at:

Manitoba Highland Dancers' Association
Box 2491 Stn Main
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A7


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