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FUSTA Registration Guidelines - 2018

Please read these guidelines before going to the registration forms. NOTE: Your applications must be signed by your teachers. Photocopies of signatures are not allowed.

All competing dancers must register annually (late fee penalty, postmarked after February 15 will be collected). All cards will be validated with a sticker and for 2018 the sticker will be WHITE with GOLD lettering. All cards expire on December 31 and new cards must be applied for before competing at the dancer's first competition of the next year.

Following are the general guidelines for registration. Regional Registrars, organizers and teachers are requested to remember that everyone is expected to follow the guidelines. We should err on the side of the dancer when making reasonable and fair exceptions.

  • Every highland dancer who wishes to compete must register under the worldwide (international) registration scheme. All competing dancers must register annually. A late fee penalty will be collected for all annual registrations postmarked after February 15. Brand new dancers registering in Primary or Beginner categories may submit their registration at any time during the year.
  • For U.S. citizens (or legal residents) the official body for registration is FUSTA. Dancers should register in the region of residence. Dancers who are taking instruction from a foreign teacher should contact the National Registrar.
  • Dancers must obtain a registration form (which includes the Code of Ethics) from their teacher, their Regional Registrars, or the FUSTA website. Dancers may be requested to resubmit their registration form if they do not use a current version of the form. (It is advisable that the dancer should keep a copy of the completed form for their records.)
  • Date of Birth to be verified on initial registration via submission of a copy of an official document showing date of birth (e.g. birth certificate, passport). If previously registered prior to 2016, then verification is required.
  • A teacher is defined as the qualified person who is actually teaching the dancer on a regular basis.
  • The teacher must be qualified by one of the official examining bodies i.e., BATD, UKA, and SDTA, and be a current member (in good standing) of that body.
  • Undecided and previously registered dancers who have allowed their registration to lapse will be assessed the late fee if registration is postmarked after February 15, 2018.
  • The teacher must personally sign each registration form. Photocopied signatures will not be accepted. It is understood that this signature indicates the teacher has reviewed and approved the dancer's registration for the coming year.
  • If the dancer changes teachers during the year, it is the responsibility of the dancer to notify the National Registrar, in writing. National Registrar will contact regional registrar and FUSTA Secretary.
  • If a dancer attends any class, workshop or seminar, including tuition by electronic methods, e.g. Skype, that dancer cannot compete in front of any adjudicator who has instructed at such training sessions, for a period of 3 months after the last class, workshop, seminar, or tuition method, electronic or otherwise.
  • All dancers should present their registration card to the competition organizer prior to competing. If no card is produced, the dancer is allowed to compete however, the dancer MUST produce the registration card to the dance organizer within 10 days from the date of the competition.
  • It is the responsibility of the organizer to report the name and address of dancer(s) who competed without a registration card in hand at the time of the competition to the National Registrar within 10 days of the date of the competition.
  • The card must be produced whether or not a prize was won.
  • Prizes must be withheld until a card is produced.
  • Prizes and registration card will be returned to the dancer within 10 days of receipt of the card, unless other arrangements have been made. Any expense incurred will be the responsibility of the dancer.
  • It is the responsibility of the organizer to check each card, ensure it is valid and to stamp cards of Beginner dancers who place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any of the Highland Dances (Highland Fling, Sword Dance, Seann Triubhas, Reel, or Special or Trophy Fling) and also date below stamp. For the Novice and Intermediate categories, their cards will be stamped at every competition where they win a 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize in any dance and date below stamp.
  • Wrongfully stamped cards: the organizer returns the card to the registrar with an explanation of the error and the registrar will write up a new card filling in all the appropriate spaces. There is no charge for this.
  • Organizers should mark the card with the date (in space provided) if the competitor is receiving their first competition stamp. This is located on the back of the registration card in the space provided along the side.
  • If the competitor is using the 12 month rule, in the Beginner, Novice, and Intermediate categories, it is 12 months from the date of the first competition stamp.
  • All cards issued in the US will have the address of the National Registrar rather than dancer's home address.
  • Participants will dress appropriately and modestly when in public at Competitions.

Dancers who move up from one class to another during the year will not pay an additional "upgrade" fee, if they have already submitted their annual registration for the year. They will, however, need to send a signed registration form, new photo, their old card and a SASE to obtain the upgraded card.

Immediately upon moving up, dancers should request a new card.

Regional Registrars must provide a new card within three weeks of receiving the paperwork from the dancer or teacher.

Dancers and teachers may not request rush registrations - turnaround time is three weeks.

When a Beginner, Novice or Intermediate dancer loses their card, they can receive a replacement in that category for ONLY 6 months from the date of original registration for that category. This does not apply to any dancer who lost their card prior to 2001. After 6 months the dancer automatically advances to the next category.

If a Premier dancer loses their card, they can receive a replacement card by submitting a registration form and the necessary information.

The loss of a Registration card should be reported immediately. Lost cards are subject to a $20.00 replacement fee. To receive a replacement card dancers must provide a new registration form, new photo and SASE.

The status of a Beginner, Novice or Intermediate dancer is held until the competitor either (a) gains a first, second or third prize in SIX separate competitions in their respective category, or (b) until TWELVE months following the first stamp in that category whichever 'a' or 'b' is the later, after which the competitor is then classified as the next category of dancer (e.g. Beginner to Novice,. Novice to Intermediate, or Intermediate to Premier.

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FUSTA Dancer Registration Applications

2018 Forms Here


  1. If a dancer intends to compete in a Regional Selection Competition, other than where they are registered, they will follow the process outlined below. As indicated on the registration form they must contact the National Registrar by January 31st. This will need to be done on an annual basis as long as they live and/or register in another Region or country.
  2. The National Registrar will send the dancer the new Request for Change of Regional Selection Competition Form. The form must be completed and mailed back to the National Registrar by February 15th of the then current year.
  3. The dancer must indicate on the Request for Change of Regional Selection Competition Form the following information:
    1. In which Region the dancer intends to compete for the Regional Selection Competition.
    2. Whether it is by "birth" (in which case a copy of their birth certificate must be attached to the form) or by residence (in which case if the dancer is using their temporary address, i.e., college students, then they will also need to indicate their permanent address along with their temporary address along with all other pertinent information requested).
  4. The dancer will send the completed form and information back to the National Registrar, who will contact all other necessary FUSTA and competition officials.
  5. The FUSTA Secretary will then contact the dancer by March 1st of the current year to inform them that they have completed all the necessary information and that FUSTA is pleased to inform them that they will be competing in the ______________ Regional for the year ____ .
  6. Dancers who do not indicate otherwise, will only be eligible to compete in the Regional Selection Competition in the Region of their permanent address.
  7. Dancers applying to change their Regional Selection Competition, due to a change of residence, must reside in the new region for a consecutive six (6) months immediately prior to the date of the new region's Regional Selection Competition.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact the National Registrar.

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FUSTA Membership Form
(for Teachers and Judges)

FUSTA Regional Membership Forms - 2018

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