Vancouver

Summer Drop-in Highland Classes!

Register today for summer drop-in classes! Keep your strength and cardio going through July and August! Summer classes are open to beginner, novice, intermediate and premier levels and will focus on improving technique of the basic movements of highland dance and strengthening the dances you know. Enjoy a rotating roster of SoS Van teachers and drop-in to the classes that work with your summer schedule!

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Open Level Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 pm

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

Jul Classes - Jul 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30; 7 classes

Aug Classes - Aug 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29; 9 classes

10-Class Card valid Jul and Aug - $250

5-Class Card valid Jul and Aug - $125

Take more than 10 classes this summer and add more drop-ins for $20/class!

Pre-registration and SoS Society membership ($5) required. The cost for class cards is payable at or before the first class. 

REGISTER online or CONTACT US for more info. Private and semi-private lessons are also available.



June Absolute Beginner Workshop!

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Have you always wanted to give Highland Dancing a try but didn't know where to begin? Looking for a new activity to get you moving before the summer? No experience is necessary! This June we are thrilled to offer a 4-week workshop for absolute beginners! Learn all the basic positions and movements from the very beginning and walk away knowing how to dance a 4-step Highland Fling! If (when) at the end of the workshop you have been bitten by the Highland Dance bug, you'll have all the foundation you need to join our ongoing beginner classes. Go ahead and register today! We can't wait to dance with you!

Thursdays 6:30-8:00 pm

Jun 6, 13, 20 & 27; 4 classes, $100

Scottish Cultural Centre (8886 Hudson Street Vancouver, Ballet Studio)

Save your spot today as class size is limited! REGISTER online or CONTACT US for more info.



SoS Van Auditions - FAQs

Are you thinking about applying to join Shot of Scotch Vancouver? Do you have questions for us about your application and joining SoS Van? Let us help you by answering some commons ones we've received! If you have other questions, please contact us!

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As a member of SoS Van, you'll have the opportunity to dance at world-class events, be part of ground breaking choreographies, work with pipe bands and live musicians on a regular basis, and be a part of a dedicated awesome team of dancers. We are a professional performance company which means you will be paid for your talents. Since we formed 6 years ago, we've performed all over the lower mainland BC as well as travelled to Paris, NYC, Nanchang China, Washington state and Vancouver Island! Shot of Scotch Vancouver’s mission is to provide community-based opportunities for adult highland dancers to continue to dance at a high level beyond their competitive careers. We have had members ranging in age from 18 to their mid-40’s. We are a supportive and united team of highland dancers that love to share our passion of dance with our communities.

You have until June 30th to send us your application! Applicants will be contacted in June and new members will start rehearsals in July or Aug. Dancers away during summer months are still encouraged to apply as a Sept start date is possible. All audition application details can be found HERE.

Q: When you say "Premier-Level" required, what does that mean?

A: We ask that all dancers applying are at a "premier level" - however we say that without regard to your competitive history. What we require is that all dancers are very familiar with the traditional premier dances (including nationals, jigs and hornpipes) and with a little training can get into solid SOBHD technical shape. We do not expect championship form from all dancers but cannot take time in rehearsals to teach steps that a premier level dancer would already know. Collectively we are working to constantly improve our technique, strength and endurance. The amount of time spent in a premier category while competing (or not competing) isn't important to us.

Q: I am a currently a competitive dancer, can I still apply?

A: This depends on the level of focus you have on your competitions. If you are competing regularly and are mainly focused on championships, we think that's fantastic and fully support you doing it - but we would prefer you apply to join us after you have hung up your championship ghillies. We are looking for dancers that are fully committed to performance dance (at a high technical level) and won't feel too stretched between competition and SoS Van projects. That certainly doesn't mean that you can't still enter a competition here or there just for fun, but we want your main highland project to be working with SoS Van.

Q: What if I have other dance training? Do you want to know about that?

A: Other dance training and performance experience is definitely an asset! Please tell us all about your training on the application form.

Q: How much of a time commitment do you expect from an Apprentice member?

A: We currently rehearse once per week on Wednesday evenings in downtown Vancouver. Apprentice members are given more flexibility in attendance than our full members, but we would like for them to attend as frequently as possible. Ideally our apprentice members are in training to take on full member positions. Occasionally extra rehearsals are needed to prepare for special performances, but we know everyone is very busy and try to get as much done on Wednesday nights as possible. We are currently doing at least 1-2 performances a month, but not all members attend every performance. Approximately every 2 years we have planned for a large performance trip that is available (though not mandatory) to all members. We expect new members to be with the company for a minimum of one full year, ideally much longer.

Q: I have a regular day job - is that a problem?

A: Having a dedicated daytime work schedule is not at all a problem! We rarely do have day time commitments and when we do, there are a few of us that have more flexible schedules. Knowing in advance when you are available or not is what's most important.

Shot of Scotch Newsletter -- Spring 2019!

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Spring 2019

Shot of Scotch Vancouver

Open Call Auditions - Join SoS Vancouver!

We’re recruiting! We are currently accepting submissions for new apprentice company members to join our professional dance company this summer. Shot of Scotch Vancouver performs regularly across the lower mainland and travels internationally as well. In the past several years we have performed in the USA, Paris and China, collaborated with numerous pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians and dance groups of all ethnic backgrounds. Dancers are paid for their work and get to perform at a variety of events ranging from very traditional to wildly innovative and contemporary. 

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. Read more about how to apply HERE!

Shot of Scotch New York

Let's Get our Dancing Shoes On
 
Shot of Scotch NYC is ready for Tartan Week! For us that means visiting dance friends, parading down 5th Avenue and most importantly the Ceilidh! Traditionally a ceilidh was any kind of social gathering. As Scots immigrated to the US, ceilidhs have become important venues for people to celebrate their Scottish culture with dancing, music, food, and drink. Every year we look forward to the Pre-Parade Ceilidh hosted by our friends at the New York Caledonian Club where we get to showcase both our traditional and choreographed dances. At this event we also get to rub elbows with others who are just as passionate about Scottish arts as they lead us in ceilidh dances like The Gay Gordons and, a personal favorite, Strip the Willow. I can’t wait to see you all there!
Dance quote of the season:

When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.

- Wayne Dyer

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 Premier Level

Sundays 11:30-1:00 PM Nov/Int Levels 

Sundays 1:00-2:30 PM Beg Level 

Spring Session #1 - Mar 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, Apr 7, 14 & 28; 8 classes, $200

Spring Session #2 - May 5, 12 & 26, Jun 2, 9, 16 & 23; 7 classes, $175

Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway)

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 5th, 2019: NY Caledonian Club PreParade Ceilidh, The Altman Building, 135 W 18th Street, New York, NY; 7:00 pm

Public Event – April 6th 2019: Pipes & Drums on the Fountain Terrace, Bryant Park, New York, NY; 10:30am

Public Event – April 6th, 2019: Tartan Day Parade, Avenue of the Americas from 44th – 55th Streets, New York, NY; 2:00-4:00pm


Public Event – April 7th, 2019: Tartan Day on Ellis Island with Clan Currie, all day


Public Event – April 28th, 2019: West Point Military Tattoo, Trophy Point, West Point Military Academy; 11:00am – 6:00pm

Public Event – May 18th, 2019: Dance Parade, 21st Street and Broadway – Avenue A, New York, NY; 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Public Event – May 18th, 2019: DanceFest, Tompkins Square Park, New York, NY; 3:00pm –7:00pm

Public Event – June 22nd, 2019: Mermaid Parade, Coney Island, New York, NY; 1:00pm

Public Event – August 24th, 2019: Long Island Scottish Festival & Games, Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury, NY; 8:00am – 5:00pm

Shot of Scotch Vancouver Upcoming Events:


Private Event – Apr 6 2019: Vimy Memorial Service & Annual Seaforth Reunion Dinner, Seaforth Armoury, 1650 Burrard St, Vancouver BC

Public Event – Jun 15 2019: BC Highland Games, Lafarge Lake Park, 1240 Pipeline Rd, Coquitlam, BC (close to Percy Perry Stadium) 

 

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Take more chances. Dance more dances.

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Join Shot of Scotch Vancouver!

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We’re recruiting! We are currently accepting submissions for new apprentice company members to join our professional adult dance company this summer. Shot of Scotch Vancouver performs regularly across the lower mainland and travels internationally as well. In the past several years we have performed in the USA, Paris and China, collaborated with numerous pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians and dance groups of all ethnic backgrounds. Dancers are paid for their work and get to perform at a variety of events ranging from very traditional to wildly innovative and contemporary. 

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.

Are you a highland dancer of at least 18 years of age who has reached premier-level quality (regardless of prior competitive history) and is 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 looking forward to welcoming new dancers to our rehearsals this summer. Apply to 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? Check out our FAQs or send them to us at shotofscotchvan@gmail.com 

Deadline: Extended to Jun 30, 2019!

Applicants will be contacted in June and new members will start rehearsals in July or Aug. Dancers away during summer months are still encouraged to apply as a Sept 2019 start date is possible.