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!
Save the dates! New York Tattoo is back and better than ever! May 22nd and 23rd, Shot of Scotch NYC will be joining performers from Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the USA in this once in a life time show!
A Tattoo is a military performance of song and dance, and was traditionally called a "doe den tap toe" Danish for "turn off the tap", a signal for bartenders to stop serving troops and send them back to the barracks! In the past the troops would march back to the barracks to the sound of drums. Naturally over the years this drum performance became more elaborate until we developed our modern day Tattoo.
So if you are in the NYC area come and join us for this spectacular show!
Join Shot of Scotch NYC on Wednesday April 29th for an evening to benefit the International Internship Program of the Glasgow Girls Club! Come on out for a fun night of Scottish Film, Scottish Dancing, Scottish Music, Scottish Eats and Scottish Whisky! That's a lot of Scottish! Tickets are on sale now so don't hesitate! This wonderful event will take place at the Lower East Side Girls Club: 402 East 8th Street from 6:30pm to 9:00pm! We look forward to dancing for this cause and we can't wait to see you all there!
Shot of Scotch NYC wants to thank everyone for such a successful and fun NYC Tartan Week 2015! We were busy celebrating Scotland all over NYC and were proud to bring the art of Scottish Highland dancing to Scottish enthusiasts throughout the NYC area!
We kicked off the week dancing for the starting line of the annual Scotland Run sponsored by NYRR. Then midweek two of our dancers, Kendra and Libby, performed for the St. Andrews Society of New York. Then we started off our weekend performing at the Pre-Parade Ceilidh hosted by the Caledonia Club of NY! Next up, the big show, SoS NYC was proud to march with thousands at the 17th Annual NY Tartan Day Parade, featuring our Grand Marshal Graham McTavish! And if that wasn't enough we rounded out our weekend performing at the Lunch Time Series at Bryant Park alongside the very talented Oban High School Pipe Band! Phew! We will be resting up a bit before another string of shows so stayed tuned everyone and once again thank you for all of your support!