The Ultimate Scottish Highland Dance experience… with lots of added magic.
Ok let’s go through our IGSHD checklist…
✔ Tartan Mickey or Minnie ears (a must for any discerning Scottish Disney fan)
✔ Phone full of Disney soundtracks (with a whole playlist dedicated to Brave)
✔ Your biggest Disney smiles (if you haven’t quite mastered this, the second you get there you will)
✔ Lots of tissues (this is more for parents and family members, trust us it’s emotional)
✔ As much festive spirit as you can take (It’s Christmas at Disney… if you don’t like Christmas, or Disney… well… we are not sure what to say here)
Ok you’re pretty much all set (you just need a sprinkling of Pixie dust, we have plenty of that don’t worry), now it’s time to get excited for the most magical Scottish Highland Dance event of the year!
Come and join us at this magical time of the year and enjoy all the Disney Christmas festivities! With the exclusive, and oh so spectacular, Disney themed Choreomagic challenge at its heart, the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance is like no other Scottish Highland Dance competition you have ever been to! (unless you are one of the amazing dancers that come back year on year of course… we like to call them our ‘Braveanistors’, they suffer from both O.D.D (Obsessive Disney Disorder) and P.D.D (Post Disney Depression) which means they can’t not be at Disney for more than a few weeks).
Packed to the magical brim with themed Disney content and opportunities, the IGSHD really ticks all the boxes for a fun filled experience that you and your family and friends will simply never forget.
Let’s go through some of the spellbinding opportunities that you could be a part of!
Where to start?
Well we might as well start with our favourite part of the whole weekend… Choreomagic! Ok so… imagine taking your favourite Scottish Highland Dance moves, adding all the modern choreo you want, a sprinkling of amazing costumes and then, best of all, it’s all Disney themed! You’re still not even halfway to all the magic you’re going to experience! Add Disney judges (that have years of experience planning, choreographing and dancing in Disney shows) and Disney themed trophies, and you have a challenge like no other.
You can enter as a solo, duo or group across a wide range of categories and age groups, meaning there’s a chance for everyone to take part. So get your thinking hats on (with Mickey ears obviously) ...will it be, Yo Ho a Pirates Life for you as Captain Jack Sparrow? Or maybe you won’t be able to ‘Let it Go’ as Anna or Elsa (or both as a Duo!). Talking of Duos, why not get your Hakuna Matata on as Timone and Pumba, or is it time to drift up into the sky as Carl and Ellie from Up? We have never had Up! As a Choreomagic entry and would really like one, just saying, hint hint). For groups, you could be the entire cast of Mary Poppins (including the penguins, especially the penguins, please) or something a little more modern you say? Then we look forward to the first ever Scottish/Mexican combination performance from COCO (we can imagine the mix of kilts and sombreros already). We also have an amazing Christmas themed section so you can really turn up the festive spirit with your take on your favourite Christmas themes and music!
(there’s more you ask?) our unique judging means every aspect of your performance is taken into account with awards for not only 1st to 3rd place, but also special awards for Best Costume Characterisation, Best Storytelling Through Choreography and Best Musical Interpretation! All set in a modern theatre (newly opened in 2019) with plush comfy tiered seating, state of the art audio and stage lighting, giving you a show experience like no other on the Scottish Highland Dance circuit!
Ok, still want more magic? Then we have just the thing for you! A Magical Pre-Parade!
So picture the scene…
the sun is just starting to set, the Disneyland park is twinkling and sparkling with the flicker of Christmas lights all around. Crowds of people from all around the world are lining the streets 10 deep in excited anticipation, Sleeping Beauty’s castle is shimmering in all its festive glory in the dusk light and a few flakes of magical Disney snow is still drifting through the air from the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Then in the distance you hear it…
The familiar sound of festive bagpipes from afar, smiles broaden across the faces of enchanted onlookers as the parade rounds the bend, a sea of tartan of every colour and pattern, dancing their way through the Disneyland Park proud and full of Disney sparkle, clapped and cheered along by family and friends (plus a lot of new friends enjoying the show).
This only touches on the pure joy of being part of the IGSHD Disney Pre-Parade, emotions will be on a high for both dancers and family and friends; your faces are going to ache from smiling and we can guarantee it will be the proudest moment of your dancing career! A real achievement, something extra special to round off a weekend of joyous competition and performances. Parents and guardians, teachers, friends and family members, prepare yourself, if there is one thing for certain, it's that your chests will swell with pride and your cheeks be covered in tears as you watch your dancers light up the Disneyland park.
We cannot wait for you to experience all the Disney magic the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance has to offer
Once again, we are proud to host The RSOBHD Magics Highland Dance Competition and The RSOBHD Paris International Highland Gathering Championships!
The International Gathering of Highland Dance will once again be hosting The Magics Highland Dance Competition and The Paris International Gathering Championships, giving you lots of amazing opportunities to compete in traditional Highland Dance across the weekend.
The RSOBHD Magics Highland Dance Competition
This unique competition, 'The Magics' during the weekend of the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance 2020 (now in its 10th year) at The Millesime Montvrain Theatre. The Gathering has become an integral part of the Scottish Highland Dance calendar with competitors having been welcomed from all over the world.
The RSOBHD Paris International Gathering Championships
As we enter our 11th year, we are excited and honoured to announce that this year’s gathering will again play host to The Paris International Highland Gathering Championship, the only RSOBHD Championship to be permanently held in mainland Europe promoting the profile of Scottish Highland Dancing. The Championships will be run by Grampian Festivals (Rhona Lawrence) who will be responsible for the operation of the Championship event having successfully run Highland Dancing Championships for over twenty years.
Itinerary and new structure!
Our brand new packages and structure have been designed based on feedback from dancers and spectators alike, allowing you to maximise your ‘Disney’ time as well as enjoy the competitions! With 4 nights in resort and a minimum of 3 days Hopper park passes (you can upgrade and add additional days park passes), you can decide the perfect way to enjoy the most magical Scottish Highland Dance event of the year… your way! Plus, don’t forget on competition days, we will be running a shuttle service* back and forth to a selected Disney hotel so you can make the most of every moment of your stay!
Thursday - Hotel Arrivals
We will be on hand all day to manage your check-ins and ensure you get settled in, you will be able to use your Hopper park passes from today so depending on your arrival time, you can decide to start your Disney adventure right away, or save it for a different day to maximise your in-park time (or bolt on an additional days park ticket and get the best of both worlds)!
Friday - ChoreoMagic Challenge
It’s time to get comfy in our amazing theatre, sit back and enjoy a day of magical Disney themed performances with the exclusive ChoreoMagic Challenge with new rules and more prizes.
Saturday – The RSOBHD Paris International Highland Gathering Championship and The RSOBHD Magics Premier Highland Dance Competition
The Paris International Highland Gathering Championship gets underway along with The Magics Premier Highland Dance competition, or if you’re not competing or spectating, it’s a full day to enjoy the Disney theme parks.
Sunday Morning – The RSOBHD Magics Primary, Beginners, Novice and Intermediate Highland Dance
A morning of exciting Highland Dance Competition with The Magics, or if you’re not competing or spectating, it’s a full day to enjoy the Disney theme parks.
Sunday Afternoon - IGSHD Pre-Parade - Disneyland Park
With all the competitions complete, we head over to the Disneyland park for our finale (don’t forget you need to save at least one days Hopper park pass for today if you are taking part in the Pre-Parade**), tissues ready, it’s going to get emotional..it’s Pre-Parade time! Our meet time is usually around 4pm* so you have plenty of time to get ready for the big event! Exciting!!!
Monday - Hotel Departures
It’s the last day… nooooo (no one ever wants to leave Disney), but don’t worry, if you choose to save a park ticket for your last day (or bolted on an additional days ticket) you can enjoy all the Disney festive fun before you head off home. Plus your hotel has a free baggage concierge, so you can check out in the morning, leave your bags safe and tick off all those bucket list thrill rides and Christmas shows in the Disney parks before you have to say goodbye.
don’t forget, even on days when you're not heading into the Disney parks, you can enjoy entertainment, restaurants and Disney shopping in the amazing Disney Village (no park ticket required and open till late!). Take a stroll around the Christmas Village market and make yourself feel a little sickly with all the yummy festive fare. Dance the night away in Billy Bobs, take in some festive entertainment on the Disney Village stage or sit back and relax in one of the many bars and restaurants! Plus, shopping… soooo much shopping, get all those last minute Disney Christmas stocking fillers with an endless selection of Disney shops and souvenirs!
*Shuttle service is only available when booking a official TU2TM Brave package, timings and details to be confirmed closer to the event. Pre-Parade meet time to be confirmed closer to the event. **Subject to audition
The magic of Disneyland Paris at Christmas included!
No other place in the world brings families together like Disneyland® Paris. Compete and perform in the brand new Millesime Montevrain Theatre and then head over to Disneyland Paris and have some Disney festive fun! Take in the seemingly endless sights, shows and attractions that Disneyland Paris has to offer while enjoying the excitement of special Disney themed Scottish Highland Dance challenges and performances! Christmas time is the best time to visit Disneyland Paris, with a huge array of seasonal shows, meet and greets, parades and attractions on offer; you will be spoilt for festive choice! Add to this a sprinkling of snow on main street USA and you can’t help but get in the Christmas spirit! All the Disney parks, Disney Village and hotels will be decorated for the season adding to those warm, Christmassy feelings, PLUS enjoy a Christmas market with stalls throughout the Disney Village and a special festive food market in the Walt Disney Studios park (we recommend the mulled French wine and luxury hot chocolates).
Register your interest today!
We envisage places to fill quickly and capacity to be limited. To register your interest today please contact us on the details below.