bhangra fusion

Fusion! Fusion! Fusion!

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It's no secret that we love a good cultural mashup and this season we've had the pleasure to present three of our existing favourites and one new creation! In the past month we've revised our Bhangra, Taiko and Serbian fusions with the Royal Academy of Bhangra, Onibana Taiko and Skud Zavicaj. We brought both the Bhangra and Taiko fusions to the BC Highland Games in Coquitlam on June 16 and were guest performers at Skud Zavicaj's year-end show June 29 at the Cultch Theatre in East Vancouver. If you missed all of those, you can still catch us perform our Taiko Highland fusion a the Powell Street Festival at noon on Aug 4th! 

"Our goal in creating a collaborative fusion is to stay true to the integrity of each cultural art form, but to play with the commonalities in order to create something new and exciting" says SoS Van artistic director Susan Nase. The newest of our fusions was created for Small Stage's Summer Series on Robson and included live music with bagpipes and dhol. See the video HERE!

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SoS Vancouver's 5th Anniversary Ceilidh!

Happy 2018! In March this year our Vancouver branch of SoS turns 5! What an incredible 5 years it's been! We're throwing a Ceilidh to celebrate and we're inviting all of our friends that we've collaborated with over the years. Mark your calendars for Mar 3rd!

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Celtic folk band Blackthorn will perform along with the Vancouver Police Pipe Band. Our friends from the Royal Academy of Bhangra and more surprise guests will also be there! Bring your dancing shoes for some good old fashioned ceilidh dancing and get ready for a walk down memory lane as the Shot of Scotch company dancers perform some of our favourite pieces from the past 5 years.

Early bird tickets will save you some money so grab yours soon! Email us at shotofscotchvan@gmail.com or contact one of the SoS Vancouver dancers to get your ticket. See you there!

$20 until Feb. 3rd, then $25 (Limited $30 tickets at door)

We're Celebrating Canada Day... Bhangra Highland Style!

Canada turns 150 tomorrow and we're celebrating the best way we know how... with multiculturalism!! We're sharing the Celebration Stage at Exhibition Hall A inside Canada Place tomorrow at 5 pm with the Royal Academy of Bhangra!

Shot of Scotch Vancouver and the Royal Academy of Bhangra first started working together in 2013 and the Bhangra Highland Fusion has become a favourite ongoing project for both our companies ever since. Though coming from vastly different cultures, we find common ground between Scottish Highland Dance and Punjabi Bhangra through the joy of dance. Both dance forms require extraordinary strength, endurance, agility and grace. This project is rooted in multiculturalism, exchange, learning, understanding and sharing - all core Canadian values! 

You might have noticed our fusion project pop up on your Facebook feed lately - the video taken from our performance at the BC Highland Games has gone viral with nearly 1 million views to date, over 15 thousand shares and thousands of amazing likes, loves and comments! We are so proud to represent Canada and Highland dancing in this unique and exciting way!

Join us tomorrow at Canada Place as we celebrate this amazing country we live, dance and celebrate culture in! 

 

Vancouver Island Vaisakhi Mela 2016

Vancouver Island friends, we're coming your way tomorrow Sat May 7th, to perform our Bhangra Highland Fusion with the Royal Academy of Bhangra at Vaisakhi Mela 2016! We perform around 12 pm and 4 pm with some strictly Scottish sets thrown in throughout the day too. Come join us for the cultural fun! FREE admission!!

Shot of Scotch Newsletter: Spring 2016

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Spring 2016

Shot of Scotch New York City

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Starting April 1st through April 10th, Shot of Scotch NYC kept especially busy. It was, after all, that time of year again: NY Tartan Week! The week started off at St. Andrews Restaurant and Bar at a NY Tartan Week Press Event. The next morning we "kilted-up" in Central Park as four of our dancers performed traditional dances at the starting line of the NYRR Scotland Run. Midweek, we took the ferry from Manhattan to dance at the annual Tartan Day on Ellis Island celebration honoring the life and legacy of John Muir. On Thursday the 7th, we left our kilts behind in exchange for some plaid leggings, as we performed on the same stage as the Highland Divas. The show at the Cutting Room was a hit and we hope that it is just one of many performances to come with these talented singers. On Friday night we were so pleased to be invited back to the annual (and sold out in minutes) Pre-Tartan Day Parade Ceilidh hosted by the Caledonian Club. Saturday brought on the Tartan Day Parade as well as the rain, and a lot of it. All our Premier dancers, family, friends, and students marched and danced along with us up 6th Avenue making the most of the very Scottish weather! The following day was our final event of the week where we ended up on Ellis Island again for another performance. A special thanks to Clan Currie for extending the invitation to dance this year on two different occasions. Additionally, a thank-you to two Premier dancers traveling from Scotland and Florida to perform with us at many of the events!

Shot of Scotch NYC Dancers (with family, friends, and students) before the rainy Tartan Day Parade on April 9, 2016

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Spring Travels

It's Spring and we have caught the travel bug! We have just returned from a beautiful weekend in Friday Harbor, WA where we teamed up with pipers Mike Chisholm and John Ralston at the San Juan Singers Spring concert. Under the direction of Angel Michaels, the choir took us on a journey of Scottish and Irish folk tunes; songs of glory, betrayal, love found and lost. Shot of Scotch Vancouver dancers Alison and Susan showed off a few traditional Scottish dances including the sword dance and joined the choir for an Irish tune with our (Scottish) version of the Irish jig. The community of Friday Harbor were so welcoming and we had a wonderful time being a part of this concert. After two nearly sold out shows and a weekend of sunshine exploring the San Juan Island though, we are happy to be back in Vancouver and are already preparing for our next trip! We'll be back on a ferry May 7th, this time heading to Victoria to present our Bhangra Fusion with the Royal Academy of Bhangra at the Vaisakhi Mela 2016 festival. We hope to see you there!

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NEW YORK

Lessons:


May, June, July
Wednesday (beginner adult) 7-8 pm
Thursday (intermediate adult) 7-8:30 pm

Monthly sign up required. Classes are available for every level of dance experience.
*Youth Lessons &
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VANCOUVER

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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)

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


Pre-registration and full session commitment required. Register soon as classes for Spring Session #2 are filling up quickly!

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

Shot of Scotch New York!


Private Event - May 14: University of St. Andrew's Alumni Club May Ball

Public Event - May 21: Dance Parade (Park Ave and 22nd Street) 1pm

Public Event - June 18: Mermaid Parade, Coney Island, 1pm

Shot of Scotch Vancouver!


Public Event - April 29: International Dance Day, Vancouver Public Library, Main Concourse, 350 West Georgia St. 12:00 pm

Public Event - May 7: Highland Bhangra Fusion presented at Vaisakhi Mela 2016, Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stellys Cross Rd, Central Saanich BC, 11:00 am and 4:00 pm

Public Event - June 18: BC Highland Games, Percy Perry Stadium, Town Centre Park, Coquitlam.
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