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Newsletter - September 2015

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September 2015
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September - 2015

 

BACK TO DANCE!

With the summer over and school starting its time to start getting back into dance! Whether its coming back after a summer or starting something new, September always seems like the month to challenge your skills.

Both the Vancouver and New York chapters of Shot of Scotch are reopening their doors for students to come and learn Highland Dance! We offer many types of classes from absolute beginner to advanced intermediate for both children and adults. You can find our current classes available here or check our our website or facebook pages for more information. And as always Contact Us if you have any questions!

VANCOUER

SUMMER WRAP UP
Shot of Scotch Vancouver had a very busy summer full of performances and shows! It’s been exciting meeting new people and showing off what we love.Three of our major performances were with; the Royal Academy of Bhangra at their end of year show, the Scotiabank Dance Centre, and the Tssawassen Sun Festival.

We had the pleasure of dancing our Bhangra Highland Fusion again with the Royal Academy of Bhangra at their End of Year studio show "Colours of Punjab 2015". It was so great to see so many people under the same roof with such a love of dance and to be invited to join their celebration. The culture and enthusiasm for Bhangra was contagious. They honoured us by presenting us with an Appreciation Award and we truly can’t wait for the next performance.

We then were invited to join Scotiabank Dance Centre to perform at their booth for the Granville Street Social. It was a pleasure to represent the Highland Dance community with our national dance set of Blue Bonnets, Village Maid, and Tribute to J.L. McKenzie. The booth itself was greatly educational and showed off all the different types of dance and groups who practice and perform at the centre with various performances throughout the day.


Complete with sunshine, quick changes and even a pie eating contest, we had great time at the Tsawwassen Sun Festival! We were able to show off to the community a variety of different dances and to create an awesome dance set we are proud of.

We hope that you were able to catch us at one of our performances! If not then stay tuned for future events by subscribing to our Newsletter or following us on Facebook and Instagram. If you are interested in booking us for a public or private event then please contact us!

The Dance Centre Booth @ the Granville Social, 2015

NEW YORK

Shot of Scotch Goes to the Games
This Summer Shot of Scotch NYC has been busy traveling around the United States in order to support local Highland Games and Highland Dance Competitions! We are doing our best to keep the art of Highland Dancing alive and going to these local Games is one way that we enjoy supporting this beautiful dance form!
 
Over the last few months members of our group have traveled to Missouri, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Long Island and Upstate New York to compete, support their students competing and support Highland Games in their hometowns! 
 
Yet with all of this traveling under our belt, our most memorable Games of the summer was the one we all went to together, the Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games! On August 22nd seven of our members attended the Long Island Games to perform three dance shows, teach two classes and run our own booth with raffles, SoS swag and information about our company! It truly was a wonderful day and a phenomenal experience to promote Shot of Scotch NYC together! 

A few of our favorite moments from this event were: Debuting Emily’s original choreography “The New York Jig”, convincing the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment to let us borrow their swords and Anna singing the words to the Highland Fling while dancing! Overall the Games were a success for all that attended and we cannot wait to go back next year!

Long Island Highland Games, 2015

NEW YORK

Lessons: 


Kids classes - 
private lessons and a monthly group class 9/19 5-6pm.

 
Adult classes -  
Tuesdays advanced 7-8:30pm

Wednesday absolute beginner 7-8pm 

Thursdays intermediate/advanced 7-8:30pm
 
Monthly sign up required.  Classes are available for every level of dance experience (no experience to Premier dancer). 


Member Rehearsals: 

Friday evenings 6:30-7:30pm at Champion Studios
Accepting new members who have reached the premier level of dance.

Sign up here!

VANCOUVER

Lessons:

Sundays 10:00-11:30 AM Novice/Int/Premier Levels(Minimum of 1 year dance experience required, must know Fling, Sword, Lilt, S. Trs.)

Sundays 11:30-1:00 PM Absolute Beginner Level (No dance experience necessary! Newcomers welcome!)

Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway)

Fall Session #1
Sep 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 18, 25, Nov 1
7 classes, $175, Max. 8 students

Fall Session #2
Nov 8, 15, 22, 29 & Dec 6, 13, 20
7 classes, $175, Max. 8 students

Member Rehearsals: 

Wednesday evenings 8:00-9:30pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre.
Accepting new members who have reached the premier level of dance.

Sign up here!
Quote of the month:
 
"Life is short and there will always be dirty dishes, so let's dance.”  
―  James Howe

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November 7 - Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra Ceilidh at the Highland United Church, North Vancouver
 
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Shot of Scotch Vancouver: Choreography - "Ceilidh-Ready"

Recently performed at the BC Highland Games "Ceilidh-Ready" was choreographed in 2015 by Emma Reid and Kathleen Hall. The dance plays with the typical idea of balance and symmetry in highland dancing -- you'll see that sometimes, the dancers are in sync with each other, while other times, they are deliberately doing the opposite movements. 

The dance was awarded first prize at both the Bellingham indoor competition in February and the Bellingham Highland Games in June, and has been performed for several audiences throughout the lower mainland. Special thanks to Kate McRae for her assistance in polishing this piece.



Competition Season!

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!

New York Military Tattoo 2015!

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!