"Championship" competitions are special competitions which must be sanctioned by the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD) and are only danced by Premier dancers. Differences between a normal competition and a Championship include:

  • Dancers always dance the same four Highland dances: Highland Fling, Sword, Seann Truibhas, Reel;
  • Dancers are judged by three judges, their overall score for each dance being an average of the three scores;
  • The winner of a Championship class is noted as the "Champion";
  • The 2nd to 6th overall winner are also usually noted as the "1st runner-up" to "5th runner-up";
  • To ensure all dancers are being judged against the same standard, every year the SOBHD establishes specific steps which must be danced by all dancers in a Championship, regardless of where it is being held in the world.

The 2017 Championship steps for the year can be viewed here
2017 premiership steps can be viewed here.