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!
Quote of the season:

“There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good."

-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!

Shot of Scotch Newsletter - Winter 2017

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Winter 2017

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SoS Van 2016 Year in Review

Merci 2016, Hello 2017!!

2016 was a busy year for us in Vancouver! We worked on collaborations old and new with the Royal Academy of Bhangra and the Seaforth Highlanders, put in countless hours of rehearsal at The Dance Centre, taught full adult recreational classes year-round, hosted two Whisky Fling fundraisers, danced at a scores of local festivals, events, parades and we even danced in the pouring rain twice! (A regular hazard of dancing outdoors in Vancouver!) Perhaps the jewel of 2016 though was our trip to Paris in October to perform and teach highland dance at the 8th Annual International Body Music Festival.

The IBMF is truly a gathering of world cultures. Over 200 festival-goers and artists from all over France, around the world were in attendance: Canada, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru, USA, Finland, Italy, Russia, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Cyprus, Turkey, Czech Republic, Germany and more. We were one of only three Canadian companies. Four members of SoS Vancouver, including Artistic Director and choreographer Susan Nase traveled to Paris to teach a master class of the percussive elements of Scottish highland dance as well as to present the original choreography of “Highland Dance Body Music."

Scottish Highland dancing has never been presented at this festival before. There was tremendous interest from the global group of students in attendance at the workshop to not only learn the Scottish jig dance steps, but also to absorb the history of the dance. The class ended with a long question and answer period with great questions asked and much discussion on the cultural roots of the Scottish dance form and it’s connection to Canada. It was wonderful to share this information with such a diverse and global community! The performances went equally well, with many audience members commenting on how unique, innovative and genuine the work presented was.

With such a busy schedule, 2016 really flew by and it's hard to believe we are already ringing in 2017! We've no plans to slow down this year though. We're starting the year off with January packed full of Robbie Burns celebrations and the Chinese New Year Parade. A heartfelt thank you to all of our supporters in 2016 and we are looking forward to more adventures in Scottish dance in 2017. Happy New Year!!

See pictures from our trip to the IBMF in Paris HERE!

Shot of Scotch New York City

SoS NYC 2016 Year in Review
2016 was a year of tremendous growth and joy for Shot of Scotch NYC. This year, we celebrated a birth, a wedding, impressive career, educational growth, an adorable new kitten, as well as celebrating The Shot of Scotch NYC 5 year anniversary in March at St. Andrew's Restaurant.
We danced through all these changes and were thrilled to participate in New York City's Tartan Week celebrations, including dancing two days at Ellis Island with the Clan Currie Society and marching down 5th Avenue at the annual Tartan Day Parade, led by Parade Marshall Sam Heughan of Outlander. We were proud to present an all-new choreography at Dixon Place's 8 in Show. Most recently we performed at the Sinterklass Festival in Rhinebeck, New York and at the Miracle on Madison celebration in Manhattan, and had the whole group together to perform at the Lincoln Square Winter’s Eve Festival.

As a group we have much to celebrate. Though, as individuals we have thrived in NYC, and well:

Kendra and her husband Ryan celebrated the birth of their first child this year. Campbell is our premier Shot of Scotch NYC baby and we are thrilled to welcome her into our arms. She enjoys practicing her Irish Jig face and has better turnout than any of us. It's no wonder, as Kendra was dancing well into her 8th month of pregnancy and began teaching with Monroe School of Highland Dance again when Campbell was a few weeks old.

Abi married the dashing Babak at a gorgeous ceremony at the Brooklyn Winery in August. The newlyweds honeymooned in Lagos, Portugal with Abi returning looking tanned and more relaxed than anybody in New York City. Abi is also celebrating her admittance to Hunter Graduate School for the Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practioner program- may her honeymoon relaxation get her through her studies ahead!

Anna graduated this year with a Professional Studies Diploma in Bassoon Performance from Mannes College The New School for Music and has since been hired as Faculty to the Mozartina Musical Arts Conservatory. Anna played a number of awesome performances for her work as a professional Bassoonist and also started the New York City School of Scottish Dance.

Annelise began a new position as the Outreach and Advocacy Counselor at the Central Queens YM&YWHA and pet a lot, and we mean a lot, of dogs in 2016.

Libby was thrilled to begin a new position as a Contracts Administrator at Buzzfeed this year. She has seen the Try Guys from a distance but has not met them yet; we're holding onto our hopes for 2017.

Blair is now halfway through her 3rd year at Juilliard. This summer she went to Canada for the Banff Music Festival where she studied Bassoon performance, and where she went on hikes nearly every day. Blair also adopted the beautiful kitten Luna this year; Luna enjoys cuddling, watching videos of birds, and kills it at the Snapchat filter game.

Emily was crowned the Queen of Ice Cream in 2016 during her visit to the new Museum of Ice Cream in New York City. She continues to work her dream job marketing children's books, and also became the proudest aunt ever to the adorable Magnolia, the Duchess of Ice Cream.

Marjorie enjoyed a wonderful vacation to Scotland and Ireland this year, where she danced with the Heart of Scotland dancers in Edinburgh. She says she did not see Nessie but admits to seeing a strange blur out of the corner of her eye while on the lake. Who knows what that could have been...

We are enormously grateful for all these opportunities to present Scottish dance and culture and are overjoyed by all the gifts 2016 has given us. Thank you for your support this last year and we enthusiastically look ahead to the promise of 2017.

With love from all of us at Shot of Scotch NYC,

Blair, Emily, Libby, Kendra, Abi, Marjorie, Annelise, Anna and Rachel

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

Lessons:

Sundays 10:00-11:30 AM Int/Premier Levels (Let's work!)

Sundays 11:30-1:00 PM Slow Novice/Int/Premier Levels (Minimum of 1 year dance experience)

Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway)

Winter Session - Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 19 & 26; 7 classes, $175, Max. 8 students

Spring Session - Starts Mar 2017 - Absolute beginner class starts!


Pre-registration and full session commitment required.

Member Rehearsals:


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!
Quote of the season:

“Dance is communication, and so the great challenge is to speak clearly, beautifully, and with inevitability. Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made. Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!.”

-Constanze Mozart

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Shot of Scotch New York Upcoming Events!


Public Event - Jan 19: RSCDS Burns Night, St. Bartholomew's 325 Park Ave

Public Event - Jan 27-29: Mohonk Mountain House: Scottish Weekend, New Paltz, NY

Private Event - Feb 4: Genesis Lodge Burns Night, Brooklyn, NY

Shot of Scotch Vancouver Upcoming Events!


Private Events - Jan 18 - Jan 25: Robbie Burns Season! Various events all over the Lower Mainland. Call us if you are still wanting to book dancers for your Burns event!

Public Event - Jan 29 : Chinese New Year Parade, Chinatown Vancouver, BC; 11 am

Public Event - Mar 18 : Celticfest Ceilidh, St. Mary's Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 3150 Ash St. Vancouver, BC; 6:30 pm
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