Vancouver

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.



SoS Van Auditions - FAQs

Are you thinking about applying to join Shot of Scotch Vancouver? Do you have questions for us about your application and joining SoS Van? Let us help you by answering some commons ones we've received! If you have other questions, please contact us!

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As a member of SoS Van, you'll have the opportunity to dance at world-class events, be part of ground breaking choreographies, work with pipe bands and live musicians on a regular basis, and be a part of a dedicated awesome team of dancers. We are a professional performance company which means you will be paid for your talents. Since we formed 6 years ago, we've performed all over the lower mainland BC as well as travelled to Paris, NYC, Nanchang China, Washington state and Vancouver Island! Shot of Scotch Vancouver’s mission is to provide community-based opportunities for adult highland dancers to continue to dance at a high level beyond their competitive careers. We have had members ranging in age from 18 to their mid-40’s. We are a supportive and united team of highland dancers that love to share our passion of dance with our communities.

You have until June 30th to send us your application! Applicants will be contacted in June and new members will start rehearsals in July or Aug. Dancers away during summer months are still encouraged to apply as a Sept start date is possible. All audition application details can be found HERE.

Q: When you say "Premier-Level" required, what does that mean?

A: We ask that all dancers applying are at a "premier level" - however we say that without regard to your competitive history. What we require is that all dancers are very familiar with the traditional premier dances (including nationals, jigs and hornpipes) and with a little training can get into solid SOBHD technical shape. We do not expect championship form from all dancers but cannot take time in rehearsals to teach steps that a premier level dancer would already know. Collectively we are working to constantly improve our technique, strength and endurance. The amount of time spent in a premier category while competing (or not competing) isn't important to us.

Q: I am a currently a competitive dancer, can I still apply?

A: This depends on the level of focus you have on your competitions. If you are competing regularly and are mainly focused on championships, we think that's fantastic and fully support you doing it - but we would prefer you apply to join us after you have hung up your championship ghillies. We are looking for dancers that are fully committed to performance dance (at a high technical level) and won't feel too stretched between competition and SoS Van projects. That certainly doesn't mean that you can't still enter a competition here or there just for fun, but we want your main highland project to be working with SoS Van.

Q: What if I have other dance training? Do you want to know about that?

A: Other dance training and performance experience is definitely an asset! Please tell us all about your training on the application form.

Q: How much of a time commitment do you expect from an Apprentice member?

A: We currently rehearse once per week on Wednesday evenings in downtown Vancouver. Apprentice members are given more flexibility in attendance than our full members, but we would like for them to attend as frequently as possible. Ideally our apprentice members are in training to take on full member positions. Occasionally extra rehearsals are needed to prepare for special performances, but we know everyone is very busy and try to get as much done on Wednesday nights as possible. We are currently doing at least 1-2 performances a month, but not all members attend every performance. Approximately every 2 years we have planned for a large performance trip that is available (though not mandatory) to all members. We expect new members to be with the company for a minimum of one full year, ideally much longer.

Q: I have a regular day job - is that a problem?

A: Having a dedicated daytime work schedule is not at all a problem! We rarely do have day time commitments and when we do, there are a few of us that have more flexible schedules. Knowing in advance when you are available or not is what's most important.

Join Shot of Scotch Vancouver!

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We’re recruiting! We are currently accepting submissions for new apprentice company members to join our professional adult dance company this summer. Shot of Scotch Vancouver performs regularly across the lower mainland and travels internationally as well. In the past several years we have performed in the USA, Paris and China, collaborated with numerous pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians and dance groups of all ethnic backgrounds. Dancers are paid for their work and get to perform at a variety of events ranging from very traditional to wildly innovative and contemporary. 

Ideal SoS Van members are enthusiastic about performance and excellence in dance, and are open to exploring new avenues of expression through traditional Scottish dance. Though our dancers must maintain a level of fitness to enable them to perform at a high standard, we strongly encourage dancers both actively dancing and those who have taken a short break from premier level dance to apply. We are looking for a combination of technique and performance qualities.

Are you a highland dancer of at least 18 years of age who has reached premier-level quality (regardless of prior competitive history) and is interested in focusing more on performance than competition? We’d love to meet you! We have regular weekly practices on Wednesday evenings in downtown Vancouver and are looking forward to welcoming new dancers to our rehearsals this summer. Apply to join our fabulous team of performers!

All interested dancers please send the following to shotofscotchvan@gmail.com:

1. Unlisted YouTube video link of you dancing a 4 step highland fling. No costume needed; rehearsal clothes are fine.

2. Application form submitted online

Questions? Check out our FAQs or send them to us at shotofscotchvan@gmail.com 

Deadline: Extended to Jun 30, 2019!

Applicants will be contacted in June and new members will start rehearsals in July or Aug. Dancers away during summer months are still encouraged to apply as a Sept 2019 start date is possible.

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:

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  • 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”