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.

The Dance Centre Member Spotlight Interview with Susan Nase

We have been rehearsing and running classes out of The Dance Centre in Downtown Vancouver since our very first rehearsal in 2013. This July, their Member Spotlight featured our Artistic Director Susan Nase! In her interview she discusses her inspiration, the company's inception and our plans for the upcoming season. Read it all here!

Q & A with Artistic Director Susan Nase
1. Who is Susan Nase in a sentence? 

My bio will tell you that I’m a prairie-born Scottish Highland dancer, tap dancer, singer and engineer, but what feels more true is to describe myself as a connector, a creator and an advocate of culture.

2. What was your path to creating Shot of Scotch Vancouver?

Shot of Scotch was first started while I was living in NYC. There is a ton of Irish culture there, but very little Scottish so SoS was formed as an outlet for me to continue to Highland dance. The group in NYC grew from three founding members to a large active company in only two years. When my work visa expired, I moved back to Canada and the Vancouver branch of Shot of Scotch was born.

3. Tell us a bit about the work the company does.

Our work creates opportunities for exploration and connection that lie beyond the limits of traditional Highland dance which is very structured, athletic, and rigid. The work we do honors the traditions and technique, but challenges the boundaries of traditional settings by incorporating movements and creation techniques of other dance and creative disciplines to create innovative, challenging works often in close collaboration with other dance artists or musicians.

4. Do you have any memories of moments or people that have influenced your artistic trajectory?

I am constantly being influenced and inspired by other artists in any number of disciplines! My experience of living in NYC for over 4 years, impacted me greatly. I was surrounded by emerging, established and legendary artists, many of which I remain in close contact with today. From time spent with them, I learned that anything is possible and to just show up and do the work. Day after day, week after week, just keep creating. Commit to the artistic vision and believe in yourself. 

5. Do you have any ritual that you carry out each day?

Coffee! Every morning I have my espresso, green smoothie and I write in my journal. Often yoga or my newest effort – jogging (slowly) around the sea wall gets included in the morning ritual. I feel very grateful to live and work in this beautiful ctiy.

6. Any plans for the coming season?

Shot of Scotch has just become a non-profit society, so we have so many new ambitions and plans! In addition to our regular traditional performances in and around the lower mainland, we are working to create, present and tour a full-length show. We’re developing several ongoing collaborations with the VPD Pipe Band and Royal Academy of Bhangra and we’re very excited to be part of the Discover Dance Series next Apr.

7. I am a Dance Centre member because …

The Dance Centre has been our home since our first rehearsal in 2013. We’re grateful for the support we receive here as well as feeling connected to the broader dance community in 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!


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.