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SoS Van Visits NYC for Tartan Week!!

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What better way to celebrate the 20th Annual NYC Tartan Week than by reuniting the NYC and Vancouver branches of Shot of Scotch?! A couple of the Vancouver dancers took a trip to NYC earlier this month to perform and soak in all the Tartan Week festivities alongside the SoS NYC dancers and other visiting guests including the Celtic Cross Dancers from Ottawa. We had a fabulous time performing at the Pre-Parade Ceilidh, at Bryant Park and of course, marching in the Tartan Day Parade along 6th Avenue! We even snuck in a day or so of tourist fun around the city. :) Huge thank you to the SoS NYC team for inviting and hosting us - we had a wonderful time and hope to reunite again soon... maybe in Vancouver next time??!

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Shot of Scotch Newsletter - Spring 2017

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Spring 2017

Shot of Scotch New York City

Allow me to introduce myself...

A guest column by our newest member, Myra Harrison

For as long as I remember, I have been highland dancing. I grew up in Hamilton Ontario Canada and began private lessons with my older sister when I was 3. Shortly after, I began dancing at Sandra Bald Jones Dance studio. Though, I was not a competitive dancer, I worked hard to learn as much as I could and completed my SDTA medal tests to achieve bronze through Scottish Award 5 over the years. I began performing with the Schiehallion Dancers, a dance troupe formed of people from the studio, taking part in both smaller shows and large performances like the Canadian International Military Tattoo. I also had the opportunity to travel with the group to Virginia where we collaborated with local and Scottish teams on a performance in the Tattoo there. Some of my favourite dance memories are from that trip to Virginia, where I had the chance to spend a week with the team and meet people from all over the world.

I stopped dancing when I moved out for University in 2010 and just picked it back up when I moved to New York City in the summer of 2016. New York is an amazing city with so many people here who come from very different backgrounds and hometowns. It is no surprise that I found this group of people who are passionate about performing highland dance. I was very excited to simply find adult classes with MSHD in NYC but to also find a performance team was the cherry on the cake. I am eager to be getting back the technique I had before I stopped dancing, though it definitely has been a challenge. I am so unbelievably grateful to have met the people I have had the pleasure of dancing with, and am excited to make more dance memories.

Shot of Scotch Vancouver

NEW WORKSHOPS!
Have you always wanted to try Highland dancing as an adult, but didn't know where to begin? We are thrilled to offer a 4-week Absolute Beginner workshop to get you started! In this workshop, we'll go through all the basic arm and feet positions, introduce your body to the basic movements of highland dance and work slowly through a 4-step Highland Fling! After the 4 weeks, you'll be prepared and confident enough to join our regular Sunday beginner/novice classes. The Absolute Beginner workshop classes will be taught by SoS Vancouver Artistic Director Susan Nase and run Sundays 2:00-3:30 pm throughout April.

For those dancers already in the highland dance swing of things, we've got a workshop to help you take your dancing to the next level! Shot of Scotch Vancouver founding member Alison Ward will be teaching Core and Cardio for Highland Dancers on Tuesdays throughout Apr and May! Let's move!! The focus will be on stamina, strength and improving the dances you already know! Alison has been practicing Pilates since 2000 and teaching as a certified instructor since 2006. In addition, Alison is a fully qualified Highland Dance Instructor and has over 30 years of various dance and theatre experience. As a competitor, she trained at a high championship level and won several titles at provincial, national and international levels. Her ability to cross train with Pilates has allowed her to continue dancing at a professional level well into her thirties.

Click HERE to learn more about these workshops and to REGISTER online!

NEW YORK

Lessons:

Weekdays 7:00 PM/ Adult all levels
Garment District , NYC


Monthly sign up required. Classes are available for every level of dance experience.

Youth Lessons & Private Lessons available as well!

Member Rehearsals:

Thursdays 7:00 PM
Shetler Studios (244 W 54th St.)

Accepting new members who have reached the Premier level of dance.

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VANCOUVER

Class info:


Sundays 10:00-11:30 AM Int/Premier Levels

Sundays 11:30-1:00 PM Beg/Nov/Int Levels

Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway)

Spring Session #1 - Mar 5, 12, 19 & 26, Apr 2, 9, 23 & 30; 8 classes, $200, Max. 8 students

Spring Session #2- May 7, 14 & 28, Jun 4, 11, 18 & 25; 8 classes, $175, Max. 8 students

Workshops:


Core and Cardio w Alison Ward - Apr 4, 11, 18 & 25, May 2, 9, 16 & 23; 8 classes, $160 ($120 if already registered for a Sunday ongoing session!)

Absolute Beginner Highland - Apr 2, 9, 21 & 30; 4 classes, $100

Workshop classes held at Scotiabank Dance Centre. Pre-registration and full session commitment required.


Rehearsal info:

Wednesday evenings 8:00-9:30 pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre.

Accepting new member applications from those who have reached the premier level of dance.


Contact us to learn more!
Quote of the season:

“There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good."

-Edwin Denby

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Shot of Scotch New York Upcoming Events!


Public Event - Saturday, April 1, 2017 4pm: St. Andrews Society Tartan Takeover, St. Andrews Bar, 140 West 46th Street, New York, NY

Public Event - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 7:30pm: Wight Hot Pipes & Scottish Octopus, Connolly's Pub & Restaurant, 121 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Public Event - Thursday, April 6, 2017 (all day): Tartan Day on Ellis Island

Public Event - Friday, April 7, 2017 6pm: Pre-Parade Ceilidh, Abigail Adams Auditorium, 417 E 61st St, New York, NY (ticketed event)

Public Event - Saturday, April 8, 2017 11:15am: Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace, Bryant Park Fountain Terrace, Bryant Park, New York, NY

Public Event - Saturday, April 8, 2017 2pm: The 19th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade with Grand Marshal, Tommy Flanagan, 6th Avenue between 45th and 55th Streets, New York, NY

Public Event - Saturday, April 8, 2017 4:30pm: Post Parade Party, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd Street, New York, NY (ticketed event)

Public Event - Sunday, April 9, 2017 (all day): Tartan Day on Ellis Island

Public Event - Sunday, April 23, 2017 (all day): West Point Military Tattoo, Trophy Point Amphitheater, 117-119 Washington Rd, West Point, NY

Private Event - Saturday, May 6, 2017: University of St. Andrews NY Alumni Club May Ball Gala, New York, NY

Public Event - Saturday, May 20, 2017 (all day): NYC Dance Parade & Festival, Broadway & 19th Street, New York, NY & Tompkins Square Park, Avenue A & E 7th St, New York, NY

Shot of Scotch Vancouver Upcoming Events!


Public Event - May 12, 2017: Ceilidh to Conquer Cancer, Polish Cultural Centre, 4015 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC

Public Event - Jun 17, 2017: BC Highland Games, Percy Perry Stadium, 1290 Pipeline Rd, Coquitlam, BC
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Shot of Scotch New York City

Making Highland Dance Modern

A guest post by Shot of Shot NYC Choreographer: Emily Ritter

Traditional Scottish Highland dance evokes images of men in kilts dancing over swords as they prepare for battle, bagpipes blaring in the distance. It’s an art form that has been around for centuries and is steeped in tradition. But rarely do people think of Highland dance as a modern art form.

This was my challenge for Shot of Scotch’s August performance at Dixon Place in New York City. The performance, “8 in Show,” was established to showcase emerging and established choreographers of all dance forms. As Shot of Scotch NYC’s Choreographer, I wanted to engage a modern audience in new ways for this performance, mixing traditional Highland dance with a modern look.

To do this, I spent nearly a year putting this piece, titled “Dance Upon My Tomb” together. First came the music, the inspiration for the title and feel of the dance. This tune was paired with a traditional Scottish chant to create the feel of the mystic Scottish Highlands. Once this haunting feel was established, the dance began to take shape as I molded traditional Scottish dance moves in new and different ways. Highcuts were done from the floor while entrechats were done with our hands. To symbolize breaking out of the traditional rigidity of Highland dance, our arm movements started out stilted and grew more fluid throughout the piece. The ending is a burst of traditional movements across the stage, as we ultimately embrace the long and glorious history of Highland dance.

Once the choreography was established, our final challenge in creating a compelling feel was choosing the right costumes and set. A mysterious stone henge formation was chosen as the backdrop to bring the Scottish Highlands to the stage. Struggling to find existing costumes that fit the feel of the dance, I sewed the skirts myself, combining a traditional tartan with a more modern look.

Creating “Dance Upon My Tomb” was a challenging and rewarding experience. It inspired me and the other performers to look beyond the traditional vision of Highland dance. I hope to use this experience in the future with more choreographies for Shot of Scotch NYC.

Watch a video of the choreography here!
"Dance Upon My Tomb" performed by Anna Fitzgerald, Annelise MacLeod, Libby Maylen, and Emily Ritter

Shot of Scotch Vancouver

Seaforth Highlanders of Canada: Highland Homecoming Tattoo
 
It's every highland dancer's dream to be part of a Tattoo and we had the great honour to be part of the Seaforth Highlanders homecoming to their newly renovated Armoury on Sep. 24. The 80 year old building had undergone many upgrades over the past 4 years and the Highland Homecoming marked the official return of the Seaforths to their home station. The Tattoo portion of the day included stellar performances by the Seaforth Highlanders Pipes and Drums, The Vancouver Police Pipe Band, The Band of the 15h Field Regiment, Chor Leoni Men's Choir and of course Shot of Scotch Vancouver! 

We were represented not only by SoS company members that danced a set of dances with the Seaforth Pipes and Drums, but also by a handful of our adult students! As part of the finale, 6 Shot of Scotch Vancouver students, 4 company members and 6 Seaforth regiment members danced a Broadsword that stole the show. The Seaforths, having never done any highland dance before, had only four rehearsals to learn and perfect this dance. They did an amazing job! With an estimated 1000 people in the audience, including our Minister of National Defence, Harjit Singh Sajjan, it was a thrill to be part of this event!


See a glimpse of our Broadsword performance HERE!
 

NEW YORK

Lessons: 

 
Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 PM
Garment District , NYC


Monthly sign up required.  Classes are available for every level of dance experience.
*Classes offerings subject to change due to class enrollment

Youth Lessons & Private Lessons available as well


Member Rehearsals: 

Monday evenings 7:00-8:00 PM 
York Live Arts and Ripley Grier 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)

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

Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway)

Fall Session #2 - Nov 6, 13, 20 & 27, Dec 4, 11 & 18; 7 classes, $175, Max. 8 students

Winter Session - Starts Jan 2017

Pre-registration and full session commitment required. 

Member Rehearsals: 

Wednesdays 8:00-9:30 PM
Scotiabank Dance Centre
Accepting new members who have reached the premier level of dance.

Sign up here!
Quote of the season:
 

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”

- Friedrich Nietzsche

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Public Event - Nov 28: Winter's Eve Festival, Lincoln Square, New York City, NY

Public Event - Dec 3: Sinterklaas Festival & Parade, Rhinebeck, NY

Shot of Scotch Vancouver Upcoming Events!


Public Event - Oct 17-23: International Body Music Festival, Paris, France

Public Event - Nov 12 : Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra Ceilidh, Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver, BC

Public Event - Nov 19 : St. Andrew's Ball 2016, Diamond Ballroom, 1495 West 8th Avenue, Top Floor, Vancouver BC
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Injury Prevention: An interview with champion dancer and friend of Shot of Scotch NYC, Laura Donlan

Shot of Scotch was founded on the basis of love for Highland dance, by members incidentally holding careers in completely different fields, but focused on keeping our Scottish community thriving. Shot of Scotch co-founder, Kendra Monroe, recently had the opportunity to sit down with a renowned dancer in the Highland community that holds the same ideals - and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy! Laura (Donlan) Delamarter, an accomplished Premier Highland dancer from Baldwinsville, NY, began her career at the wee age of eight. She would later compete in championships across the United States, Canada, and even qualify for a highly coveted spot at the world championships at the prestigious Cowal Highland Gathering.

In our interview, Laura links her Highland and professional careers, and sheds light on how dancers can enjoy the art of dance well into adulthood.

 

 

KM: How did you decide to pursue your career as a Physical Therapist?

LD: When I was younger I had Achilles tendinitis and went to physical therapy for it. Physical therapy helped so much and got me back to dancing again and it was at that time I decided to I wanted to help other people continue to do what they love.

 

KM: How did you start Highland Dancing?

LD: My mom is a highland dance teacher and she taught at our house all the time. So I grew up watching dancers and decided that's what I wanted to do! There was a small group of highland dancers in Vermont where I grew up. It wasn't a very common activity- most people I met had no idea what highland dancing was.

 

KM: Did your childhood dancing career play a role in your chosen career path?

LD: It definitely did. Being involved in highland dancing has made me aware of proper stretching, warm-up and exercise techniques which is tied into physical therapy. Also experiencing physical therapy because of a dancing injury really opened my eyes to a great career path

 

KM: How has your profession helped your dancing and athletics?

LD: I have learned many different stretching techniques, soft tissue techniques and just general training methods because of physical therapy.

 

KM: What other physical activities do participate in?

LD: I have done some obstacle course races such as the Tough Mudder and have done some 5ks. I really enjoy being outside and being active, so kayaking and hiking is something I like to do also!

 

KM: Do you train any differently as an adult than you did as a younger competitor?

LD: There is a big difference between how I train now, compared to my younger days. I do more cross training now than I did when I was younger. I would dance almost everyday when I was young and now I dance three or four times a week and alternate with going to the gym. I have also learned how to practice smarter when I dance now.

 

KM: Do you feel training in general has changed since you were a young competitor?

LD: I think dancers and teachers are more aware of over training and how cross training is important to help with strength and injuries

 

KM: How do you best avoid injury? And what are your best injury prevention tips?

LD: One of the reasons I cross train now is to avoid over-use injuries which are very common with dancers. I also made sure to warm up properly and stretch after both practicing and competing. Rest days are very important also and I think many dancers don't take enough rest days.

 

KM: How do you overcome/treat your injuries?

LD: I have had a couple injuries this year- calf strain and a bad ankle sprain. I did some cross training and strengthening during this time because I couldn't dance. For a muscle strain rest is important along with stretching. I will admit I am not a very good patient and get impatient when I have injuries!

 

KM: What is your best piece(s) of advice to dancers (and athletes) that want to remain active throughout their adult life?

LD: Listen to your body- if you have an ache or pain don't ignore It and hope it will go away. Rest, ice, stretch. Whatever you need to do to keep healthy!

 

KM: What are your professional goals?

LD: I would love to specialize and treat more dancers because dancing is such a unique sport and many physical therapists don't understand it. I would also like to take more courses in sports and conditioning.

 

KM: What are your highland dancing goals?

LD: I love dancing and just want to keep improving my dancing. I would love to go back to Scotland again and dance at Cowal. As long as I still enjoy it and am still improving I will keep dancing :)

 

KM: Outside of performing, training, and competing, what other ways are you involved in the Highland Dance community?

LD: I have taught a few workshops for both dancing and cross training. I contribute different exercises to the eastern region newsletter. I am looking forward to being involved in the 2018 USIR.

 

KM: You obviously have a passion for Highland Dance.  How has it specifically enriched your life?

LD: I have had so many great travel experiences- too many to count, which has allowed me to see so much of this country and Scotland.  I have made some of my best friends through dancing as well. Dancing has given me more confidence, focus, determination and has given me so much happiness.

 

KM: What advice do you have for parents who would like their children to start Highland Dancing?

LD: I think highland dancing is a great sport to get your children involved in.  It's fun, can give you the opportunity to travel and make great friends. It helps kids learn self discipline, focus and helps with coordination as well. It really forces kids to use their heads too-lots of thinking is involved in learning new steps and improving technique.

 

KM: What advice do you have for an adult (of any age) who would like to learn to Highland Dance?

LD: I would say it's never too late to start dancing! Listen to your body and give yourself rest days and cross train. As we get older injuries are more common and take longer to recover from.

 

KM: Thanks so much for taking the time to chat, Laura! When can NYC expect to host you next and see your beautiful dancing?

LD: I will be at the tartan day parade in April! I participated a few years ago and it was a lot of fun- looking forward to it next year!

 

Old Barracks Museum, Fife & Drum Taptoe Concert Series

This Summer, Shot of Scotch NYC has the unique privilege of performing at the Fife & Drum Taptoe Concert Series held in the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, NJ. Last night four of our dancers, Anna Fitzgerald, Annelise MacLeod, Emily Ritter and Marjorie Stewart performed a mixture of traditional Highland and National dances for a very enthusiastic crowd! 

A Taptoe is similar to the Tattoo style of military performance. 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 Taptoe. The Fife & Drum Taptoe will also be featuring Scottish musicians and fife and drum performances, set in the background of an 18th century military barracks! 

If you missed last nights performance then mark your calendars for our upcoming show on Friday August 7th at 7pm. We will be mixing up the set list this time so even if you saw our first show come on down for another great performance!  This time we will be joined on stage with dancers Elena Giacoletti, Katherine Giacoletti, and newest addition to Shot of Scotch, Trisha Bacon! We hope to see you at the show!

Tickets available at: http://barracks.org/CalendarofEvents.htm