Shot of Scotch Newsletter - July 2015

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July - 2015


FUSTA Nation Wide Choreography

Shot of Scotch NYC dancers and Shot of Scotch Vancouver co-founder Kathleen Hall was part of the nation wide Highland Dance choreography to "Everybody Dance Now" by the Red Hot Chili Pipers! We where so pleased to be a part of this huge undertaking, and we just love the final product! Special thanks to the FUSTA choreography committee and Discover Scottish Dance!! Now everybody get up and DANCE!!!
Everybody Dance Now- Scottish Highland Dancing

Shot of Scotch Vancouver

Shot of Scotch Vancouver was invited to join Razzmatap onstage to perform our new theatre set! We had the great pleasure to dance with the many tap, jazz, ballet, and irish dancers from around Vancouver to help support and fundraise for the Parkinson Society of BC.

Our first performance was called "Highland Feet". It is a dance of music and rhythm created by the feet of the dancers. Choreographed by Susan Nase, it shows off the highland, national, jig, and hornpipe step times by combining the many types of dance. Without the traditional music to accompany we are able to create our own body music which gets to the core rhythm of what we love to do.

The second performance started with the traditional national dance called "All the Blue Bonnets are over the Border," which tells the story of the Scottish regiment known as the "Blue Bonnets" for their colourful hats. It is said to be danced by the women who are left behind while the soldiers march off to war in England, and is performed in the softer "national" dress outfit. In our modern rendition of this piece, we used live music, both vocal and percussion. We immediately followed it with a new choreography, "Highland Pride," which is a broadswords dance -- that is, it is danced by multiple dancers over multipe swords. The sword dance traditionally tells the story of soldiers going off to fight in battle, so it pairs well with the "Blue Bonnets," but is a strong, upbeat regimental dance.

Highland Feet - Choreographed by Susan Nase, Performed by Susan Nase, Kathleen Hall, Emma Reid, and Sarah Grant

Blue Bonnets Over the Border - Music and Dance arrangements by Susan Nase, Vocals performed by Alison Ward and Susan Nase - percussion by Alyssa Howald and Susan Nase, Danced by Meredith Miller.

Highland Pride - Performed by Kathleen Hall, Liz Durward, Emily Dietrich, Emma Reid, Sarah Grant, Julia Haddon - Choreographed by Kate MacRae. 

Special Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the show!

Shot of Scotch New York

Emily Ritter, our newly appointed Lead Choreographer, has been dancing and choreographing from a young age. Over the years, she has created many 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.

Emily Ritter, 2015


Shot of Scotch New York!

July 31 & Aug 7 - Fife and Drum Taptoe Concerts, Trenton NJ - 7pm

We will be joined on stage with dancers Elena Giacoletti, Katherine Giacoletti, and newest addition to Shot of Scotch, Trisha Bacon.

August 22 -  Long Island Scottish Festival, Old Westbury Gardens, NY - 8am - 5pm

Shot of Scotch Vancouver!

July 25 - Colours of Punjab 2015 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm
August 3rd - Tsawwassen Sun FestivalWinskill Park, Tsawwassen - 12:30 pm



Wednesday Only (adult/all levels welcome) 7-8pm

"Summer Break"  no classes

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.

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Sundays 10:00-11:30 AM 

Adv. Beginner level (Fling, Sword, Lilt, S. Trs.)
Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway)

Summer Session - July 12, 19, 26, & Aug 2nd

August - "Summer Break" no classes

Stay tuned for fall classes!

Member Rehearsals: 

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

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Quote of the month:
“Nobody Cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion”
Martha Graham

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2015 FUSTA Choreography Project!

Shot of Scotch NYC had a blast filming for the 2015 FUSTA Choreography Project! We filmed early this morning on the "Wooden Pier" in Brooklyn, New York. We were blessed with sunshine and gorgeous views of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. After we were done filming we decided to take the opportunity to take a few candid shots! We hope you enjoy! 

We would also like to thank FUSTA for the opportunity to be involved in their choreography project this year, and we can not wait to see the final cut! The video will be out this summer and is set to the tune of "Everybody Dance Now" performed by the fabulous Red Hot Chili Pipers!