Shot of Scotch New York
An Interview With Adult Highland Dance Students, Sunni and Anna!
This month we were excited to take the time to get to know our adult Highland dance students outside of the studio! We are constantly impressed with their progress throughout their time spent with us. And we truly hope their stories inspire more people to try Highland dance!
"Real life" ID: In-house counsel at Google
Dancing for: Approaching 2 years
Q: What got you interested in Highland Dance?
A: It was really popular in Canada where I grew up. The girls would perform during school assemblies and I'd watch, mesmerized by their kilts and energy. I'm terribly uncoordinated so never thought I could learn. Then (a good decade or so later) I found out about classes from a fellow Canadian in NY (thank you, Heather!)
Q: Do any of your friends or family members Highland Dance?
A: I taught my 83 year old grandma the first few steps to the Fling. She "does" this every morning as exercise (slowly and minus the jumping). Does that count?
Q: Do you have any Scottish heritage/background?
A: No unless you count wearing a kilt as a school uniform for 3 years and listening to Scottish bands like Belle & Sebastian and Camera Obscura.
Q: Have you ever been to Scotland?
A: Yes! I was lucky to visit a friend in Edinburgh during the Fringe. Amazing to see Highland Dancers on the Royal Mile performing besides fire stick jugglers! Wonderful place and people, so warm and inspiring. Also loved eating at The Auld Hoose.
Q: What is one of your favorite things about learning how to Highland Dance?
A: Community, especially when you've got a teacher who can coach you to competence. Honestly, everyone I've met is supportive and interesting and wonderfully accomplished in their own right. Plus it guarantees a great workout.
Q: Have you ever competed?
A: No and I probably won't. I'm just happy to learn (see note re: terribly uncoordinated).
Q: What other activities do you like to do for fun?
A: I read and write middle grade and young adult books on the sly.
Q: Fun Facts!
A: I once worked as a mascot for a telephone company. Worst job ever.
To learn all about Anna and how she found Highland dancing through her love for music, click HERE!