SoS Van Visits NYC for Tartan Week!!

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What better way to celebrate the 20th Annual NYC Tartan Week than by reuniting the NYC and Vancouver branches of Shot of Scotch?! A couple of the Vancouver dancers took a trip to NYC earlier this month to perform and soak in all the Tartan Week festivities alongside the SoS NYC dancers and other visiting guests including the Celtic Cross Dancers from Ottawa. We had a fabulous time performing at the Pre-Parade Ceilidh, at Bryant Park and of course, marching in the Tartan Day Parade along 6th Avenue! We even snuck in a day or so of tourist fun around the city. :) Huge thank you to the SoS NYC team for inviting and hosting us - we had a wonderful time and hope to reunite again soon... maybe in Vancouver next time??!

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Shot of Scotch Newsletter - Spring 2018

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Spring 2018

Shot of Scotch Vancouver

Celebrating 5 Years of Shot of Scotch in Vancouver!

What a tremendous evening we had celebrating our 5th Anniversary on Mar 3, 2018! Our ceilidh was sold out well in advance and was packed with dance, music, laughter, friends and love. Wow - what a night! We are so grateful to have had so many guest performers join us for the evening including Blackthorn, the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, the Royal Academy of Bhangra, Onibana Taiko and Alison Moen who led us all in ceilidh dancing.

Thank you to everyone who came out to our ceilidh, to all of our tireless volunteers who helped it to run so smoothly, to Manto Artworks for capturing so many beautiful moments from the evening on camera, and to all of our supporters who have helped us in so many ways year round to become the company we are today. We couldn't do this without you - THANK YOU!! Cheers to 5 years!! Click HERE to see our photo gallery of the evening!

Shot of Scotch New York City

Tartan Week in New York City: Are you ready?

The 20th anniversary of Tartan Week in NYC is fast approaching and Shot of Scotch NYC can’t wait for the festivities to begin! This year, we will be performing at the Pre-Parade Ceilidh on Friday, April 6th, and at Bryant Park before the parade on April 7th. And of course, you can catch us in the parade on 6th avenue on the afternoon of April 7th, sharing our love of Highland dancing with the people of New York City and people from around the world!

Tartan Week started in 1998 after the United States Senate declared April 6th National Tartan Day, a day to celebrate Scottish culture. Since then Tartan Week has grown to include many events throughout New York City to celebrate the music, dance, and other parts of Scottish culture. This year some of these events will include things like ceilidhs, book signings, author talks, teas, whisky tastings, genealogy research help and other exciting events. If you’re in the New York City area be sure to stop by and see us dancing! 

NEW YORK

Class Info

Weekday evenings
Garment District , NYC


Monthly sign up required.  Classes are available for every level of dance experience.

Youth Lessons & Private Lessons available 
as well!

Member Rehearsals:

Tuesdays 7:00 PM
Garment District
(subject to change)

Accepting new members who have reached the Premier level of dance.

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VANCOUVER

Class Info

Sundays 10:00-11:30 AM Int/Premier Levels

Sundays 11:30-1:00 PM Beg/Nov/Int Levels 

Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway)

Spring Session #2 - May 6, 13, & 27, Jun 3, 10, 17 & 24; 7 classes, $175, Max. 9 students

NEW Absolute Beginner Workshop coming SOON!

Contact us for details!

Member Rehearsal:

Wednesdays 8:00-9:30 PM
Scotiabank Dance Centre


Accepting new member applications from those who have reached the premier level of dance.

Contact us to learn more!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Shot of Scotch New York Upcoming Events!

Public Event – April 16th, 2018: NY Caledonian Club PreParade Ceilidh, Abigail Adams Auditorium, 417 E 61st Street, New York, NY; 7:00 pm

Public Event – April 7th, 2018: Pipes & Drums on the Fountain Terrace, Bryant Park, New York, NY; 11:15am

Public Event – April 7th, 2018: Tartan Day Parade, Avenue of the Americas from 44th – 55th Streets, New York, NY; 2:00-4:00pm
 
Public Event – April 8th, 2018: Tartan Day on Ellis Island with Clan Currie

Public Event – April 22nd, 2018: West Point Military Tattoo, Trophy Point, West Point Military Academy; 11:00am – 6:00pm

Public Event – May 19th, 2018: Dance Parade, 21st Street and Broadway – Avenue A, New York, NY; 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Public Event – May 19th, 2018: DanceFest, Tompkins Square Park, New York, NY; 3:00pm –7:00pm

Public Event – June 16th, 2018: Mermaid Parade, Coney Island, New York, NY; 1:00pm

Public Event – August 25th, 2018: Long Island Scottish Festival & Games, Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury, NY; 8:00am – 5:00pm

Shot of Scotch Vancouver Upcoming Events!


Public Events - Apr 6 & 7, 2018: SoS Vancouver visits NYC for Tartan Week!!!

Private Event - Apr 26, 2018: Canadian Produce Brunch, Vancouver Convention Centre
 
Public Event - Jun 16, 2018: BC Highland Games, Percy Perry Stadium, 290 Pipeline Rd, Coquitlam, BC

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Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance."

Confucius, Chinese Philosopher

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SoS Vancouver Open Call Auditions!

Calling all dancers!

Interested in joining Shot of Scotch Vancouver as a member?

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Are you a highland dancer who has reached premier-level quality (regardless of prior competitive history) and is currently interested in focusing more on performance than competition? We’d love to meet you! We have regular weekly practices on Wednesday evenings in downtown Vancouver and are currently accepting submissions for new apprentice company members!

Ideal SoS Van members are enthusiastic about performance and excellence in dance, and are open to exploring new avenues of expression through traditional Scottish dance. Though our dancers must maintain a level of fitness to enable them to perform at a high standard, we strongly encourage dancers both actively dancing and those who have taken a short break from premier level dance to apply. We are looking for a combination of technique and performance qualities.

We are currently looking for 2 dancers who are excited to join our professional dance company this summer. We perform regularly across the lower mainland and travel internationally as well. In the past several years we have performed in the USA, Paris and China. Dancers are paid for their work and get to perform at a variety of events ranging from very traditional to innovative and contemporary. Join our fabulous team of performers!

All interested dancers please send the following to shotofscotchvan@gmail.com:

1. Unlisted YouTube video link of you dancing a 4 step highland fling. No costume needed; rehearsal clothes are fine.

2. Application form submitted online

Questions? Send them to us at shotofscotchvan@gmail.com 

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Celebrating 5 years of Shot of Scotch in Vancouver!

What a tremendous evening we had celebrating our 5th Anniversary on Mar 3, 2018! Our ceilidh was sold out well in advance and was packed with dance, music, laughter, friends and love. Wow - what a night! We are so grateful to have had so many guest performers join us for the evening including Blackthorn, the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, the Royal Academy of Bhangra, Onibana Taiko and Alison Moen who led us all in ceilidh dancing.

Thank you to everyone who came out to our ceilidh, to all of our tireless volunteers who helped it to run so smoothly, to Manto Artworks for capturing so many beautiful moments from the evening on camera, and to all of our supporters who have helped us in so many ways year round to become the company we are today. We couldn't do this without you - THANK YOU!! Cheers to 5 years!! 

Click HERE to see our photo gallery of the evening!

Shot of Scotch Newsletter - Winter 2018

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Shot of Scotch New York City

Mohonk Mountain House: Scottish Weekend

January 26-28 marks the sixth year, SoS NYC will be invited back to share it's passion of Highland Dance along side other Scottish artists during this celebratory weekend. We hope to see you at the beautiful backdrop, Mohonk Mountain House, as we celebrate Robert Burns and this years theme of Neil Gow. 
"The halls of the Mountain House echo with the sound of bagpipes, as the Mohonk grounds transform into the highlands of Scotland! Our Scottish Weekend features award-winning musicians, concerts, Scotch whisky tasting, the “Address to the Haggis”, a ceilidh, and opportunities to participate and learn about Scottish music, Scottish country dance, bagpipe-playing, Scottish Highland games, and kilt-making. Our MC and historian, Thomas Keith, will be giving a lecture on Robert Burns as well as hosting our classic Scottish concert."
If you are unable to make it to Mohonk, please see our other upcoming performances at the bottom of this newsletter!

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Shot of Scotch Vancouver

SoS Vancouver's 5th Anniversary Ceilidh

It's hard to believe, but in March this year our Vancouver branch of SoS turns 5! What an incredible 5 years it's been! We're throwing a Ceilidh to celebrate and we're inviting all of our friends that we've collaborated with over the years. Mark your calendars for Mar 3rd! Celtic folk band Blackthorn will perform along with the Vancouver Police Pipe Band. Our friends from the Royal Academy of Bhangra and more surprise guests will also be there! Bring your dancing shoes for some good old fashioned ceilidh dancing and get ready for a walk down memory lane as the Shot of Scotch company dancers perform some of our favourite pieces from the past 5 years. Early bird tickets will save you some money so grab yours soon! Email us at shotofscotchvan@gmail.com or contact one of the SoS Vancouver dancers to get your ticket. See you there!

NEW YORK

Class Info


Weekday evenings
Garment District , NYC


Monthly sign up required.  Classes are available for every level of dance experience.

Youth Lessons & Private Lessons available 
as well!

Member Rehearsals:

Tuesdays 7:00 PM
Garment District
(subject to change)

Accepting new members who have reached the Premier level of dance.

Sign up here !

VANCOUVER

Class Info

Sundays 10:00-11:30 AM Int/Premier Levels

Sundays 11:30-1:00 PM Beg/Nov/Int Levels 

Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway)

Winter Session - Jan 7, 14, 21 & 28, Feb 4, 18 & 25; 7 classes, $175, Max. 9 students

Workshops:

Core and Cardio with Alison Ward - Thursdays Feb & Mar, 8 classes, $160

Drop-ins allowed for registered Sunday students ONLY.

Member Rehearsal:

Wednesdays 8:00-9:30 PM
Scotiabank Dance Centre


Accepting new member applications from those who have reached the premier level of dance.

Contact us to learn more!
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Shot of Scotch New York Upcoming Events!


Public & Private Events - Jan 20-30, 2018: Robbie Burns Celebrations! Book now to secure your event date!

Public Event - Jan 25, 2018: RSCDS Robert Burns Night, St. Bartholomew's Church, 325 Park Ave. New York, NY; 7:30 pm


Public Event - Jan 26 - 28, 2018: Mohonk Mountain House- Scottish Weekend, New Paltz, NY

Public Event - Jan 27, 2018: The New York Times Travel Show, Jacob K. Javits Center, 655 W 34th St. New York, NY

Private Event - Feb 3rd, 2018: Genesis Lodge Burns Supper

Public & Private Events - April 1 - 8, 2018: NYC Tartan Week. Stay tuned for more details!

Shot of Scotch Vancouver Upcoming Events!


Public & Private Events - Jan 20-30, 2018: Robbie Burns Celebrations! Book now to secure your event date!

Public Event - Jan 24, 2018: Celebrating Robbie Burns, Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave. North Vancouver BC; 7:00 pm

Public Event - Jan 25, 2018: A Salute to Robbie Burns, Pan Pacific Vancouver 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC; 6:30 pm
 
Public Event - Jan 31, 2018: Taiko Highland Fusion at the Instruments of Change Benefit , Imperial Theatre, 319 Main St, Vancouver BC; 7:00 pm

Public Event - Mar 3, 2018: SoS Vancouver 5th Anniversary Ceilidh, Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave, Vancouver BC; 7 pm

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Quote of the season:

I dance out of need as much as love. If I don’t move through time and space to music something is absent from my life. Often I can’t hold myself back, and in my kitchen, a hallway, a public space I will start to dance—for me it is innate."

- Sarah Lamb, Principal Dancer with the Royal Ballet

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