Hiking in the Highlands

Highland Dancing is Scotland’s traditional dance started in the 19th century.

Today, dancers aspire to dance with grace, strength, ease and endurance. Highland Dancing requires precise footwork, flawless control as well as upper body, arm and leg strength. Dancing is a great way to improve flexibility, confidence, coordination and self-discipline all while getting fit!

Cotter Academy of Highland Dancing heavily focuses on cultivating a nurturing and fun environment for students to develop technique and strength.

​Classes are available to all genders from the age of 2. Beginners to Advanced students are welcomed!


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Highland Dancing Group Classes
Highland Dancing Group Classes

Weekly group classes are held throughout school terms.

Students are placed in classes according to their age and skill level.

Highland Dancing Group Classes

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Private lessons are ideal when focusing on your technique.

Lessons can be arranged upon request.

Highland Dancing
Private Lessons
Highland Dancing
Private Lessons

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Highland Dancing
 (Tiny Tots) & Primary
Highland Dancing
 (Tiny Tots) & Primary

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A class designed for the littlest of leapers.

​Classes introduce children as young as 2, to the wonderful world of dance.

Children learn basic dance principals such as timing and tempo. Little leapers classes also aid in the development of motor skills such as hopping, jumping, coordination, discipline and listening skills.

Highland Dancing Competitions

Highland Dancing competitions are held throughout the year.


We encourage dancers to compete in at least one per term, ensuring students set goals and work towards them every week.

 Students work their way up the competition ladder:

- Primary (4-6 years)
- Beginners
- Novice
- Intermediate
- Premier (with restriction)
- Premier (open)

Highland Dancing Competitions

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Highland Dancing
Highland Dancing

The academy performs at black-tie events, local school fetes & community events. Displays comprise of traditional highland dances and choreographed items.

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Exams are held in June. Cotter Academy uses the NDAA syllabus, with exams beginning at pre-grade and running through to teachers.


Exams are comprised of barre, centre-work, theory and dances. Students are encouraged to sit one exam per year.

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Highland Dancing
Highland Dancing
Highland Hustle!

Looking for a fun and funky way to keep fit?

Highland Hustle is for you!

Highland Hustle is a fun, dance-based fitness workout for all shapes and sizes!

It’s ideal for adult beginners wishing to get fit and active in a unique way and requires NO DANCE EXPERIENCE.

There are multiple intensity options, so you can work at your own pace

Highland Hustle!
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Highland Dancer Feet

Monday - Paddington

4:15pm - 5:00pm - Primary (experienced) & New Beginners

5:00pm - 6:00pm - Beginners & Novice

5:30pm - 6:30pm - Intermediate & Premier

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Tuesday - Springfiled Lakes

3:15pm - 3:45pm - Tiny Tots (2-3 yrs)

3:45pm - 4:15pm - Primary (4-6 yrs)

4:15pm - 5:00pm - New Beginners (7+)

5:00pm - 6:00pm - Experienced Beginners (7+)/ Novice

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Wednesday - Paddington

4:45pm - 5:15pm - Primary (4- 6yrs)

5:15pm - 6:00pm - Beginners

6:00pm - 7:00pm - Private Lessons Available via Booking

7:00pm - 8:00pm - Highland Hustle


Saturday - Paddington

8:00am - 8:30am - Tiny Tots (2 - 3yrs)

8:30am - 9:00am - Primary (4 - 6yrs)

9:00am - 9:45am - Highland Hustle (Adults Fitness)

10:00am - 11:00am - Primary (experienced) and New Beginners (7+)

11:00am - 12:00pm - All levels- must know all beginner level dances



My daughter has been learning with Amalia at Cotter Academy for over 2 years. My son has also started this year after seeing how much his sister loves going. Amalia is an amazing teacher who genuinely cares about her students and strives to help them achieve their best. All students are welcoming and my kids have made some beautiful friendships. I highly recommend Cotter Academy.

Anna E

Our 2 daughters go to Cotter Academy of Highland Dancing and have come on in leaps and bounds with confidence and fitness and have a great time. It's a credit to Amalia who is great Highland teacher.

Paul & Mhairi Lindsay

I’ve done highland dancing for most of my life, am a former dancing teacher myself and I now have a little boy who’s danced with Amalia for almost 3 years. I can say from the perspective of a dancer, teacher and a mum that Amalia is just fantastic, I couldn’t speak more highly of her. She’s was a champion herself only years ago - which makes her fairly unique as a studio owner - and she’s a judge so she knows what’s expected of dancers in competition. She’s knowledgeable and firm but lovely and kind, and my little boy absolutely loves his classes and his dancing.

Erin W





Free trial


If you are new to Highland Dancing and would like to get a taste of what Highland is all about and what we can offer you at Cotter Academy of Highland Dancing, there is a 1 class free trial available for any age group for any class.

Just register your interest using the button below and we'll have you booked in at a time that suits you.

casual highland classes

If you have a busy schedule and are unable to commit to a term account, we offer Highland Dancing classes on a casual basis.


These classes can be booked online and class prices are as follows:

2-5 years - $13

6 years + - $15

High School - $15

Adult - $15

Use the button below to book now.

Term Accounts

Our 10 week term accounts run alongside QLD school terms and offer the best value for money as they give access to all available classes within an age group for the entire term.

Term account pricing is as follows:

2-5 years - $150

6 years + - $180

High School - $190

Adult - $220

Please contact us for further info or enrol online today using the button below.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are an ideal way to

help build a dancer's overall ability and skill level.

The focus of a private lesson is on an individual’s technical weaknesses which aid in the development of strong technique.

Students are able to have weekly private lessons or a few before competitions and exams.

Please get in touch to enquire further or book a private lesson.


Realize Your Dancing potential

Cotter Academy of Highland Dancing is comitted to helping you realise and achieve your dancing goals.

Enquire now to get started. We'll see you soon!