Lessons

Fall Class Registration: Now Open!

As the days of summer start to wind down, it's time to register for Fall classes! We start up again Sunday Sept 8th at Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway). Classes are kept small so make sure to REGISTER today to save your spot! Here's all the info you need!

Sundays 10:00-11:30 AM: Int/Premier Levels - Breakdown of steps, focus on technique, stamina and strength

Sundays 11:30-1:00 PM: Nov/Int - Slower pace for returning premier dancers to remember steps and regain stamina as well as new novice dancers to learn. Working on Fling, Sword, Lilt, S. Trs., Flora, Basic Reels

Sundays 1:00-2:30 PM: Beginner - This level is for dancers with a little highland experience or other previous dance training (i.e. ballet). Will focus on slowly breaking down basic Highland movements and dances (Fling, Sword, Lilt.) Perfect for those who have just completed the Absolute Beginner workshop. 

Fall Session #1 - Sep 8, 15, 22 & 29, Oct 6, 20 & 27; 7 classes, $175, Max. 9 students per class

Fall Session #2 - Nov 3, 10, 17 & 24, Dec 1, 8 & 15; 7 classes, $175, Max. 9 students per class

Register for both sessions at once and get a free class! Pre-registration and full session payment required (no refunds). A SoS Society membership ($25 for the full 2019/20 season) is required will be added to the class fee. The fee for each regular session is payable at or before the first class of each session.

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

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.



The Power of Highland Dance

Did you know that our body language affects how we feel? Research has shown that posing in expansive postures for as little as two minutes can make us feel and perform better. It makes us feel more powerful, confident, assertive, less stressed and anxious, happier and more optimistic. Specific experiments have shown that holding “power poses” give the following benefits:

Image from Amy Cuddy’s book “Presence - Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges”

Image from Amy Cuddy’s book “Presence - Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges”

  • lowers the stress hormone cortisol and increases testosterone

  • increases our agility in abstract thinking

  • makes it easier to retrieve and focus on positive memories

  • makes us more likely to assert ourselves, to identify and seize opportunities, take risks and persist

  • toughens us to physical pain

  • elevates non-verbal presence, improving our performance in stressful situations like interviews

The crazy news is that you don’t even have to physically do the postures - you can IMAGINE them and experience the same benefits!

Now take a look at the basic positions and movements of Highland Dance. They are all Power Poses! With thousands of hours of power posing/dancing (often over swords!) under their belts, is it any wonder highland dancers go on to be the top of their professional fields?! Coincidence? We don’t think so!! The next time you are facing a challenging or stressful situation - try standing in first position or dancing a Highland Fling!

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Learn more about this fascinating research by watching Amy Cuddy’s viral TED Talk or reading her book “Presence - Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges”


Spring Highland Dance Classes Start Mar 3rd!

There may be more snow in the forecast, but Spring is just around the corner! Our 2019 Spring sessions start on Mar 3. . Register for both sessions and get a FREE class! Full details on the classes can be found HERE, and some quick details are below. Celebrate the new season with a Spring Fling!

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Sundays 10:00-11:30 AM: Premier

Sundays 11:30-1:00 PM: Novice/Intermediate

Sundays 1:00-2:30 PM: Beginner

Ongoing Sunday adult classes are held at Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway)

Spring Session #1 - Mar 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, Apr 7, 14 & 28; 8 classes, $200, Max. 9 students per class

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

Pre-registration and full session payment required (sorry no refunds). The fee for each regular session is payable at or before the first class of each session. Save your spot today as class size is limited! REGISTER online or CONTACT US for more info.

Are you at the Absolute Beginner Level? Want to learn the basics from the start?? Send us a message to get on the list for our next Absolute Beginner Workshop!