The Halifax Highland Dancing Association, HHDA, was established in 1978 to promote Highland Dancing in Halifax and surrounding areas. HHDA is a not for profit, parent sponsored organization that relies entirely on its volunteers.


In addition to promoting longstanding cultural traditions, highland dancers learn and appreciate the athletic and performance challenges, competition, and camaraderie of the sport.


HHDA is the proud sponsor of the Halifax Highland Open Championship, Citadel Open Premiership and Spring Competition each year.  Benefits of membership include, in addition to competitions, workshops with top ranked Canadian and international teachers and adjudicators and scholarship opportunities.


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2014/2015 HHDA Executive

President – Joanne Treen

Vice President – Kari Shannon

Past President – Glenda Huxtable

Secretary – Beverly Chapman

Treasurer – Jennifer Woolaver

Members at Large – Shelley McNeil, Carolyn Spears, Ruth Thurston, Elizabeth Hughes Keddy, Sandra Hotchkiss, Shannon Richards, Jennifer Rudolph, Eleanor Jamieson, Bev Martin, Jennifer Worthen, Erin Brien, Heather Daigle, Sandy Hamlyn, Andrea Matheson, Heather Dunning, Heidi Devlin, Jeanette Smith, Jessica MacLeod

World Champion Finalist!

The HHDA congratulates Sara McKegney on her top 20 finish at this year's World Highland Dancing Championship!

HHDA members represent at the 2014 SDCCS!

(Back Row, L-R) Emily Daniel, Teresa Treen, Julia Shannon, Aquila Gibbons

(Front Row, L-R) Anna McNeil, Robyn Treen, Olivia Woolaver, Olivia Riesgo


The HHDA would like to congratulate its members on their success at this year's NS Championships and Provincial Selection Meet. Trophy winners include:

(Back row, L-R) Aquila Gibbons - NS Champion & Provincial Rep, 18 & Under 21, Sara McKegney - 1st Runner-Up & Provincial Rep, 18 & Under 21, Emily Daniel - 2nd Runner-Up & Provincial Rep, 18 & Under 21, Sarah Hickman - 1st Runner-Up & Provincial Rep, 16 & Under 18, Stephanie Goodwin - 1st Runner-Up & Provincial rep, 21 & Over, Olivia Riesgo - 2nd Runner-Up & Provincial rep, 14 & under 16

(Front row, L-R) Anna McNeil - 1st Runner-Up & Provincial rep, 12 & under 14 years, Leigh Huxtable - 4th Runner-Up, 18 & Under 21, Teresa Treen - 4th Runner-Up, 12 & Under 14, Julia Shannon - 5th Runner-Up, 12 & Under 14, Olivia Woolaver - 2nd Runner-Up & Provincial rep, 10 & Under 12.

The Executive of the HHDA would like to thank the following sponsors for their overwhelming support of our recent Championship, Premiership & Spring Competition. Please see below for links to their websites:






Heart of the

Highlands Dance Supplies

Medicine in


Power Vac





The Gaelic College

The Scots



A & R Engraving

Amethyst Scottish Dancers

Celtic Rhythm Dance Studio






High Liner Foods

Joyful Sounds Music Studio

Leaping Fingers & Tapping Toes Dance and Conditioning

Novident Dental Laboratory





Tim Horton’s



Worthen School of Highland Dance

Royal Canadian Legion

Calais Branch 162