Emily Ritter, our newly appointed Lead Choreographer, has been dancing and choreographing from a young age. Her first Scottish dance choreographies were all set to the tune of Cotton-Eyed Joe and were created when she and her dance friends were supposed to be practicing highcuts in her living room. She soon graduated to choreographing group performances for the Kansas City St. Andrews Scottish Highland Dance Association. She also choreographed several solos that she competed at the B.A.T.D. Sadie Simpson Highland Scholarship and Highland Games across the country. She is very much looking forward to bringing her enthusiastic style to Shot of Scotch, and is working on a new choreography for the group that is part-jig, part-reel and very high-energy to match the frenzied pace of NYC.
It is officially Summer so that means it is officially competition season for Highland dancers everywhere! And the members of Shot of Scotch NYC have already been busy collecting medals and taking names!
Emily Ritter, Premier Highland dancer and SoS NYC member recently competed in her 20th Kansas City Highland Games; yup we said 20th! And if that isn't impressive enough Emily finished 3rd overall in the Highland dances and placed FIRST in the Highland Laddie during the National dances! GO EMILY!
Another competitive milestone came when our founding member, and BATD certified teacher Kendra Monroe, escorted two of her young dancers to their first Highland dance competition at the Rhode Island Scottish Highland Festival! The girls competed in the Primary and Beginner categories and performed beautifully! We wish them great success in their future competitive careers as Highland dancers!
Lastly up next Anna Fitzgerald, another Premier Highland dancer and SoS NYC member, will be competing this July at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games! We cannot wait to cheer you on Anna! Good luck!
This weekend Shot of Scotch NYC had the privilege to perform an original choreography by founding member Kendra Monroe at the Brooklyn Ballet "First Look". First Look is a spotlight for up and coming choreographers and dancers in the NYC area.
Three of our dancers, Abi, Anna and Kendra, got to perform both Friday and Saturday night in Brooklyn Heights at The Actors Fund Arts Center. We'd like to thank the Brooklyn Ballet for this opportunity to share our love of this Scottish art form. Also we'd like to thank fellow SoS NYC member and dancer, Carlie, for coming out to watch us Saturday night!
The 2015 New York Military Tattoo was a huge success! Shot of Scotch NYC was so incredibly privileged to dance two original choreographies in three separate shows this year! The choreographies were put together by former Highland Dancing World Champion, Rachel McLagan! Rachel and her dancers from Scotland's own Flings and Things along with the Celtic Cross Dancers from Canada joined us in this once in a lifetime event!
We also wanted to thank the ever talented and ambitious director of the event, Mr. Magnus Orr! This is your vision Magnus and we are so proud to be a part of it! Until next year! Slainte!
Name: Caroline "Carlie" Campbell
SoS Title: Dancer
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Real Life ID: Middle School teacher
Started Dancing: Age 5
Favorite Dance Memory: choreographing and performing dances for a "Brigadoon" production, summer 2009
Fun Fact: Carlie always uses "I am a Scottish Highland Dancer" as her fun fact. She also loves hiking and camping and has camped at the bottom of the Grand Canyon!
Carlie started dancing when she was 5 years old. She attended a Highland Games with her family, and enjoyed watching the dance competition. After the games, her parents asked her if she would rather start gymnastics, ballet, or Highland Dance lessons, and the rest is history! She continued performing and competing through high school and college.
After graduating in 2013, Carlie moved to New York to teach as part of a volunteer program. She has been living and teaching in the Crown Heights neighbourhood of Brooklyn since then. She was excited to learn about Shot of Scotch NYC through a friend in New York and has thoroughly enjoyed practicing and performing with them over the past few months. In the fall,Carlie is moving back to Kansas City to continue working in education. She plans to continue dancing, and maybe even start competing again, thanks to Shot of Scotch!