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Shot of Scotch Newsletter - December 2015

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December 2015



This month both Shot of Scotch Vancouver and Shot of Scotch NYC decided to do spotlight interviews with some of their long-term adult students. Both companies feel a special bond with their students and really wanted to take the time to sit down and chat with a few of them. We hope these brief stories give some insight into each student and help to inspire some new students to join! Highland dancing really can be tailored for anyone and we look forward to seeing some new faces in the New Year!

Happy Holiday’s and warm season’s greetings from all of us at Shot of Scotch!

Shot of Scotch Vancouver

Adult Highland Student Spotlight: Meet Paula & Laura!
We’re always so inspired by our highland students! This month we’re delighted to introduce you to two of our hardest working adult students Paula and Laura. We sat down with them to find out what motivated them to sign up, what keeps them coming back week after week and what role highland dance plays in their lives.
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 grandparents 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 to be instant results. It is so much fun and such good exercise for your body and your brain that more adults should take it up!
Find out what Laura, a student who danced in childhood and returned to highland dance as an adult had to say by clicking HERE

Paula, 2015

Shot of Scotch New York

An Interview With Adult Highland Dance Students, Sunni and Anna!

This month we were excited to take the time to get to know our adult Highland dance students outside of the studio! We are constantly impressed with their progress throughout their time spent with us. And we truly hope their stories inspire more people to try Highland dance!

Name: Sunni
"Real life" ID: In-house counsel at Google
Dancing for: Approaching 2 years

Q: What got you interested in Highland Dance?
A: It was really popular in Canada where I grew up. The girls would perform during school assemblies and I'd watch, mesmerized by their kilts and energy. I'm terribly uncoordinated so never thought I could learn. Then (a good decade or so later) I found out about classes from a fellow Canadian in NY (thank you, Heather!)

Q: Do any of your friends or family members Highland Dance?
A: I taught my 83 year old grandma the first few steps to the Fling. She "does" this every morning as exercise (slowly and minus the jumping). Does that count?

Q: Do you have any Scottish heritage/background?
A: No unless you count wearing a kilt as a school uniform for 3 years and listening to Scottish bands like Belle & Sebastian and Camera Obscura.

Q: Have you ever been to Scotland?
A: Yes! I was lucky to visit a friend in Edinburgh during the Fringe. Amazing to see Highland Dancers on the Royal Mile performing besides fire stick jugglers! Wonderful place and people, so warm and inspiring. Also loved eating at The Auld Hoose.

Q: What is one of your favorite things about learning how to Highland Dance?
A: Community, especially when you've got a teacher who can coach you to competence. Honestly, everyone I've met is supportive and interesting and wonderfully accomplished in their own right. Plus it guarantees a great workout.

Q: Have you ever competed?
A: No and I probably won't. I'm just happy to learn (see note re: terribly uncoordinated).

Q: What other activities do you like to do for fun?
A: I read and write middle grade and young adult books on the sly.

Q: Fun Facts!
A: I once worked as a mascot for a telephone company. Worst job ever.

To learn all about Anna and how she found Highland dancing through her love for music, click HERE!

Sunni, 2015



December & January
Tuesday (advanced adult) 7-8:30 pm  
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 (no experience to Premier dancer).

*Private Lessons for children upon request

Member Rehearsals: 

Monday evenings 7-8pm at New York Live Arts and Ripley Grier Studios
Accepting new members who have reached the premier level of dance.

Sign up here!


Sundays 10:00-11:30 AM 

Adv. Beginner level (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)
NEW Winter Session - Jan 10, 17, 24, 31 & Feb 14, 21, 28
7 classes $175, Max. 8 students

Member Rehearsals: 

Wednesday evenings 8:00-9:30pm at Scotia Bank Dance Theatre.
Accepting new members who have reached the premier level of dance.

Sign up here!
Quote of the month:
“Never dance in a puddle when there's a hole in your shoe (it's always best to take your shoes off first).” 
― John D. Rhodes

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Shot of Scotch New York!

Private Event - December 16th : International Advertising Association Winter Gala

Public Event - January 22-24: Scottish Weekend at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY

“The halls of the Mountain House echo with the sound of bagpipes, as the Mohonk grounds transform into the highlands of Scotland—join the celebration of all things Scottish. Our Scottish Weekend offers special performances and Scottish specialties at meals throughout the weekend!”
For reservations, please call 855-590-9829

Public Event - February 2016 Five Year Anniversary Ceilidh/Party in NYC 
Stay tuned or email shotofscotchnyc@gmail.com to be kept updated 


Shot of Scotch Vancouver!

Public Event DPPB 42nd Annual Burns Supper 

January 22, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Sacred Heart School, 3900 Arthur Drive, Delta, BC

Private Event - Burns Celebration at Fleetwood Villa, Surrey BC

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