Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo


The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a world-class international, cultural event held annually in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Highland Dance Team is now accepting applications from Premier level dancers interested in taking part in the show.

Official Tattoo performances run from June 27 to July 4, 2020, inclusive. All dancers are required to to perform in every show. No exceptions. Please note that there are four matinee shows, four evening shows and two preview shows (June 25th and 26th) with a full audience. Full day practices are expected to commence on June 20, 2020. All dancers are expected to be in attendance by this date. A schedule for practices prior to June will be distributed upon acceptance to local dancers. Attendance at all rehearsals is mandatory for all dancers.

Dancers from the Halifax area must be a minimum of 14 years of age as of June 20, 2020. Dancers from outside the Halifax area are encouraged to apply and must be a minimum of 19 years of age as of June 20, 2020. Dancers from outside the Halifax area will receive Tattoo sponsored accommodations and food vouchers for lunch and dinner.

After submitting the form below, please email [email protected] with unlisted YouTube links of yourself dancing a 4+2 Seann Triubhas and a 5 step Hornpipe. Please use the 2020 SOBHD Championship steps for the Seann Triubhas. Hornpipe steps required are: 1st Step, Shuffle Over the Buckle, Diagonal Travel, Inverted Toe-Heel in 2nd, High Cutting (must dance split High Cuts).

Dancers will be evaluated based on both technique and presentation and dancers must be in their full hornpipe outfit, including hat, and kilt outfit with matching jacket and socks. Ghillies must be worn.


Please have your dance teacher send a letter of reference directly to [email protected]. This step is not necessary if a reference letter has been submitted within the previous three years as we still have your reference letter on file. The letter must not come from a dancer’s own email account. It should be a maximum of one page in length and address why the applicant is interested in being a part of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Highland Dance Team and why he/she should be considered. The letter should also speak to the applicant’s personality and how he/she:

  •  interacts with others and works in team-based scenarios;
  •  handles pressure, last minute changes, and long practices;
  •  respects punctuality, rules, authority figures and teammates.

All application forms, videos and reference letters must be submitted by midnight AST on January 31, 2020. Partial applications will be disqualified if not completed on time.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth McCorkell and Marla MacInnis at [email protected].

Apply to become a Tattoo Highland Dancer

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