This is the age a new dancer will compete at if they are under the age of 7. On their seventh birthday, the dancer will move up to the beginner level.
This is the level new dancers will compete at until they gain six stamps on their FUSTA card. These stamps are given when the beginner places 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the highland dances at six separate competitions. When the beginner has attained all six stamps, they move up to the novice level.
Like the beginner level, dancers will compete at this level until they gain six stamps on their FUSTA card, at which point they move up to the intermediate level.
Dancers at this level will compete for one year (beginning at the dancer’s first competition date at this level). After the one year, the dancer will move up to the highest level–premiere.
This is the highest level. At this level the dancers can compete at Championships, unless they are under the age of 7.
For further details, please visit FUSTA’s website.
Please note that it is typical for a new dancer to receive lessons for about a year before they begin to compete.