The Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers of Chicagoland, founded in 1981 are “ethnic artists”of Highland Dance.
They perform the colorful, expressive and physically demanding traditional Scottish Highland and National Dances.
Ensembles of Thistle & Heather dancers have performed for half-time at a Chicago Bulls Game, at the Heartland International Tattoo and in “Dance Chicago”. The dancers annually appear in the ChicagoThanksgiving Day Parade, at Daley Plaza for St. Andrew’s Day and Tartan Day, and at the Museum of Science and Industry for Christmas Around the World. Additionally many of the dancers compete at the local, regional, national, and international level.
Highland Dancing provides participants the opportunity to gain poise, self-confidence, stage presence, ethnic tradition, uniqueness, self-discipline, aerobic exercise, lifelong friendships and a variety of other positive benefits.It is the desire of the Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers to make Scottish dancing accessible to as many students as possible. Dancers need not be of Scottish heritage to participate.