We're Celebrating Canada Day... Bhangra Highland Style!

Canada turns 150 tomorrow and we're celebrating the best way we know how... with multiculturalism!! We're sharing the Celebration Stage at Exhibition Hall A inside Canada Place tomorrow at 5 pm with the Royal Academy of Bhangra!

Shot of Scotch Vancouver and the Royal Academy of Bhangra first started working together in 2013 and the Bhangra Highland Fusion has become a favourite ongoing project for both our companies ever since. Though coming from vastly different cultures, we find common ground between Scottish Highland Dance and Punjabi Bhangra through the joy of dance. Both dance forms require extraordinary strength, endurance, agility and grace. This project is rooted in multiculturalism, exchange, learning, understanding and sharing - all core Canadian values! 

You might have noticed our fusion project pop up on your Facebook feed lately - the video taken from our performance at the BC Highland Games has gone viral with nearly 1 million views to date, over 15 thousand shares and thousands of amazing likes, loves and comments! We are so proud to represent Canada and Highland dancing in this unique and exciting way!

Join us tomorrow at Canada Place as we celebrate this amazing country we live, dance and celebrate culture in! 

 

Summer Highland Classes - Registration Open!

SUMMER CLASSES:

Don't lose your highland groove over the summer months! We're switching things up this summer so you can take your vacations AND keep dancing through the summertime. There are two weekday classes to drop into that will feature a rotating roster of Shot of Scotch Vancouver company member teachers! Full detailed breakdown of teachers to be posted soon - stay tuned!

Tuesdays 8:00-9:30 PM: Open Level Drop in with Class Card (All levels welcome, must have some highland experience)

Thursdays 7:30-9:00 PM: Open Level Drop in with Class Card (All levels welcome, must have some highland experience)

Are you at the Absolute Beginner Level? Want to work on the basics?? Contact us to be on the list for our next Absolute Beginner Workshop! 

All summer classes are held at Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St. Vancouver, BC)

Jul Classes - Jul 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27; 8 classes

Aug Classes - Aug 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 & 31; 10 classes

10-Class Card valid Jul and Aug - $250+GST

5-Class Card valid Jul ONLY - $125+GST

5-Class Card valid Aug ONLY - $125+GST

Pre-registration and class card commitment required. The cost for class cards is payable at or before the first class of each session. 

Private and semi-private lessons are also available. Save your spot today! REGISTER online or CONTACT USfor more info.

Shot of Scotch Newsletter - Spring 2017

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Spring 2017

Shot of Scotch New York City

Allow me to introduce myself...

A guest column by our newest member, Myra Harrison

For as long as I remember, I have been highland dancing. I grew up in Hamilton Ontario Canada and began private lessons with my older sister when I was 3. Shortly after, I began dancing at Sandra Bald Jones Dance studio. Though, I was not a competitive dancer, I worked hard to learn as much as I could and completed my SDTA medal tests to achieve bronze through Scottish Award 5 over the years. I began performing with the Schiehallion Dancers, a dance troupe formed of people from the studio, taking part in both smaller shows and large performances like the Canadian International Military Tattoo. I also had the opportunity to travel with the group to Virginia where we collaborated with local and Scottish teams on a performance in the Tattoo there. Some of my favourite dance memories are from that trip to Virginia, where I had the chance to spend a week with the team and meet people from all over the world.

I stopped dancing when I moved out for University in 2010 and just picked it back up when I moved to New York City in the summer of 2016. New York is an amazing city with so many people here who come from very different backgrounds and hometowns. It is no surprise that I found this group of people who are passionate about performing highland dance. I was very excited to simply find adult classes with MSHD in NYC but to also find a performance team was the cherry on the cake. I am eager to be getting back the technique I had before I stopped dancing, though it definitely has been a challenge. I am so unbelievably grateful to have met the people I have had the pleasure of dancing with, and am excited to make more dance memories.

Shot of Scotch Vancouver

NEW WORKSHOPS!
Have you always wanted to try Highland dancing as an adult, but didn't know where to begin? We are thrilled to offer a 4-week Absolute Beginner workshop to get you started! In this workshop, we'll go through all the basic arm and feet positions, introduce your body to the basic movements of highland dance and work slowly through a 4-step Highland Fling! After the 4 weeks, you'll be prepared and confident enough to join our regular Sunday beginner/novice classes. The Absolute Beginner workshop classes will be taught by SoS Vancouver Artistic Director Susan Nase and run Sundays 2:00-3:30 pm throughout April.

For those dancers already in the highland dance swing of things, we've got a workshop to help you take your dancing to the next level! Shot of Scotch Vancouver founding member Alison Ward will be teaching Core and Cardio for Highland Dancers on Tuesdays throughout Apr and May! Let's move!! The focus will be on stamina, strength and improving the dances you already know! Alison has been practicing Pilates since 2000 and teaching as a certified instructor since 2006. In addition, Alison is a fully qualified Highland Dance Instructor and has over 30 years of various dance and theatre experience. As a competitor, she trained at a high championship level and won several titles at provincial, national and international levels. Her ability to cross train with Pilates has allowed her to continue dancing at a professional level well into her thirties.

Click HERE to learn more about these workshops and to REGISTER online!

NEW YORK

Lessons:

Weekdays 7:00 PM/ Adult all levels
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:

Thursdays 7:00 PM
Shetler Studios (244 W 54th St.)

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)

Spring Session #1 - Mar 5, 12, 19 & 26, Apr 2, 9, 23 & 30; 8 classes, $200, Max. 8 students

Spring Session #2- May 7, 14 & 28, Jun 4, 11, 18 & 25; 8 classes, $175, Max. 8 students

Workshops:


Core and Cardio w Alison Ward - Apr 4, 11, 18 & 25, May 2, 9, 16 & 23; 8 classes, $160 ($120 if already registered for a Sunday ongoing session!)

Absolute Beginner Highland - Apr 2, 9, 21 & 30; 4 classes, $100

Workshop classes held at Scotiabank Dance Centre. Pre-registration and full session commitment required.


Rehearsal info:

Wednesday evenings 8:00-9:30 pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

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


Contact us to learn more!
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-Edwin Denby

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Shot of Scotch New York Upcoming Events!


Public Event - Saturday, April 1, 2017 4pm: St. Andrews Society Tartan Takeover, St. Andrews Bar, 140 West 46th Street, New York, NY

Public Event - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 7:30pm: Wight Hot Pipes & Scottish Octopus, Connolly's Pub & Restaurant, 121 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Public Event - Thursday, April 6, 2017 (all day): Tartan Day on Ellis Island

Public Event - Friday, April 7, 2017 6pm: Pre-Parade Ceilidh, Abigail Adams Auditorium, 417 E 61st St, New York, NY (ticketed event)

Public Event - Saturday, April 8, 2017 11:15am: Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace, Bryant Park Fountain Terrace, Bryant Park, New York, NY

Public Event - Saturday, April 8, 2017 2pm: The 19th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade with Grand Marshal, Tommy Flanagan, 6th Avenue between 45th and 55th Streets, New York, NY

Public Event - Saturday, April 8, 2017 4:30pm: Post Parade Party, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd Street, New York, NY (ticketed event)

Public Event - Sunday, April 9, 2017 (all day): Tartan Day on Ellis Island

Public Event - Sunday, April 23, 2017 (all day): West Point Military Tattoo, Trophy Point Amphitheater, 117-119 Washington Rd, West Point, NY

Private Event - Saturday, May 6, 2017: University of St. Andrews NY Alumni Club May Ball Gala, New York, NY

Public Event - Saturday, May 20, 2017 (all day): NYC Dance Parade & Festival, Broadway & 19th Street, New York, NY & Tompkins Square Park, Avenue A & E 7th St, New York, NY

Shot of Scotch Vancouver Upcoming Events!


Public Event - May 12, 2017: Ceilidh to Conquer Cancer, Polish Cultural Centre, 4015 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC

Public Event - Jun 17, 2017: BC Highland Games, Percy Perry Stadium, 1290 Pipeline Rd, Coquitlam, BC
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NEW! April Absolute Beginner Highland Dance Workshop!

Have you always wanted to try Highland dancing as an adult, but didn't know where to begin? We are thrilled to offer this 4-week Absolute Beginner workshop to get you started! In this workshop, we'll go through all the basic hand and feet positions, introduce your body to the basic movements of highland dance and work slowly through a 4-step Highland Fling! After the 4 weeks, you'll be prepared and confident enough to join our regular Sunday beginner/novice classes.

Class Details:

Classes taught by SoS Van Artistic Director Susan Nase

Sundays 2:00-3:30 pm - Apr 2, 9, 23 & 30; 4 classes, $100+GST

All Absolute Beginner workshop classes are held at Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St. 7th floor, Zagar Studio)

Pre-registration and full workshop commitment required. The workshop fee is payable at or before the first class on Apr 2nd. The workshop will be kept to a maximum of 8 students to give each student ample attention, growth opportunity and individual challenges. 

Register today to save your spot!

Spring Class Registration!

We might still be recovering from ice and snow, but Spring is just around the corner! It's time to register for Spring classes! Our regular Sunday morning classes with Susan Nase will start their next session on Mar. 5th. Be sure to register soon as these classes fill up quickly and we cap them at only 8 students to give plenty of individual attention and focus to all students!

NEW this Spring, we are thrilled to announce a special 8-class workshop with Alison Ward! She will be teaching Core and Cardio for Highland Dancers throughout Apr and May! Alison is a certified Pilates instructor and premier level highland dancer that has been with SoS Van since the beginning. Don't miss this chance to take your highland dance fitness to the next level with her!!

Full details on both the regular Sunday classes and the new Core and Cardio workshop can be found HERE on our lessons page. Register today to save your spot!