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Spring Adult Highland Classes Start Mar 6th!!

The blossoms are starting to come out, daffodils can be seen around the city and we're about to spring into some new highland dance class sessions!  We've got room in both our absolute beginner and our novice/int/premier classes.  Don't miss out though, spots are filling up quickly!! Register now for both Spring sessions and get one class FREE! Here's what you need to know:

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)

Spring Session #1 - Mar 6, 13, 20, & Apr 3, 10, 17, 24            7 classes, $175, Max. 8 students

Spring Session #2 - May 1, 8, 15, 29 & Jun 5, 12, 19, 26         8 classes, $200, Max. 8 students

The cost for each session is payable at or before the first class of each session.  Pre-registration and full session commitment required. Register for both Spring sessions at once and save! Pay only $350+GST for all 15 classes - that's one FREE class! Private and semi-private lessons are also available. Save your spot today! Contact us for more information and to register.

Adult Highland Student Spotlight: Meet Laura!

Name: Laura

“Real life” ID: Engineering Project Manager

Dancing for: 15+ years

Q: Did you dance as a child or teenager?

A: Yes - I started dancing when I was 4 and danced almost every week until I left home at 17! I was never a competitive dancer, I always just danced for the love of it.

Q: What made you want to sign up for highland dance lessons as an adult?

A: I LOVE TO DANCE!!! I always have. It's a great form of exercise, it helps me to de-stress and switch off, and I hoped it would help me meet some new people when I moved to Vancouver... It did!

Q: Has the experience been what you expected it to be? Why?

A: Yes and No. Dancing is as fun and challenging as it ever was! There is a stronger focus on warming up and cooling down than I'm used to though, as well as working on strengthening and taking care of our bodies - but as I'm 10 years older now, I very much appreciate being able to walk the day after a class. :)

Q: What is your favourite highland dance and why?

A: As much as I complain about it, I love the sword dance. It is technically intricate, and a real test of physical and mental strength. I'm always so proud of myself when I get to the end!

Q: Do you have Scottish/Celtic roots in your family? Is that important to you?

A: I'm born and raised in Aberdeenshire where my family still live. I'm the only Scot, although my brothers are adopted Scots :) We even made our own Hampson tartan back in 2007 which is in the tartan register and I own one of the 5 handmade kilts in the world made from that tartan!

Q: What are your goals/plans for highland dancing?

A: Keep improving and having fun!!! I'm getting fitter and stronger all the time, and over the past year have improved dramatically in terms of my technique. I love when I've been working on something, try it out in a dance and then Susan notices! It always makes me feel proud.

Q: Any other thoughts to add?

A: Highland may seem like a slightly odd style of dancing to some people... it's demanding on so many levels, and we are always striving to be the best we can be. There are war dances, show dances and dances that tell stories, and each of the dances is steeped in history and has a cultural significance. I love that I am able to keep this history alive and gain so much enjoyment at the same time!

 

Adult Highland Student Spotlight: Meet Paula!

Name: Paula

“Real life” ID: Research Manager

Dancing for: 2 years

Q: Did you dance as a child or teenager?

A: Ballet as a small child and Scottish Country Dancing as an adult.

Q: What made you want to sign up for highland dance lessons as an adult?

A: I love the energy and the patterns of highland dances but it was not easy to find a teacher willing to teach adult beginners.

Q: Has the experience been what you expected it to be? Why?

A: So much more than I expected! There is time spent on technique but the class is geared to adult dancers. Susan is really fun and very inspiring. I can't believe how many steps and dances I have learned in the 2 years.

Q: What is your favourite highland dance and why?

A: The Sword Dance is my favourite because it takes so much energy and concentration and there is always the chance that the practice swords could go flying. When you get through the dance it is exhilarating!

Q: Do you have Scottish/Celtic roots in your family? Is that important to you?

A: I have Scottish roots on both sides of my family. I grew up with Scottish music and grand-parents who had lots of stories of growing up in Scotland so it has always been part of my life.

Q: What are your goals/plans for highland dancing?

A: To improve my technique and master the steps that I am currently struggling with, to have 2-3 dances that I could show off, and to continue having heaps of fun in class every week.

Q: Any other thoughts to add?

A: Highland dancing is not beyond the reach of adults as long as you approach it realistically and don't expect instant results. It is so much fun and such good exercise for your body and your brain that more adults should take it up!