About Us

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 seven 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 Canadian 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.

Are you looking for a dance teacher for the upcoming year?
CLICK HERE for a list of teachers in your area.

The MHDA has been constituted and formed to:

  1. Promote the Scottish Culture in Manitoba through the medium of dance.
  2. Preserve Highland Dancing in Manitoba.
  3. Encourage the provision for opportunities in the development of skills and technical competence in the field of Highland Dancing.
  4. Administer, organize and regulate competitions.
  5. Ensure that the Manitoba Championships are held on an annual basis.
  6. Solicit and receive financial contributions and public support in order to obtain the necessary financial resources to support its objectives.


History of the MHDA
Constitution and Bylaws (PDFs)
History of Highland Dancing
Opportunities for Sponsorship

Would you like to send us a donation?

We are a registered Non-Profit organization, and can provide a tax-deductable receipt.

Or, download the sponsorship package
for more information.

With the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council