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Shot of Scotch Newsletter: Summer 2016

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Summer 2016

Shot of Scotch Vancouver

We’re Going to Paris!

Shot of Scotch Vancouver has been invited to present original choreography at the International Body Music Festival (IBMF) in Paris France! This is a gathering of world-class artists from across the globe, taking place in Oct 2016. The IBMF specifically presents artists who create music using their bodies alone. This includes vocalists, dancers and body percussionists. This year’s line up includes artists from France, Brazil, Turkey, USA, Greece, Spain, Austria, Cuba, Columbia, Denmark, and South Africa to name a few! Shot of Scotch Vancouver will be one of only three Canadian companies attending this year’s festival. At the IBMF, we will present our ground breaking original Shot of Scotch Body Music Suite, something unique and unseen before. This is the creation of our Artistic Director Susan Nase, also a professional tap dancer and vocalist. In addition to performing, we will teach a master class of Scottish highland dances.

The suite shares a strong demonstration of our traditional roots and then strays from those roots to play in the world of body music. Traditionally, highland dance is accompanied by bagpipe music making it a primarily visual art form. The delicate sounds of the brushing of the feet, the stomp of the jig shoe, the slide of the foot along the leg, are left for rehearsal rooms only. It was these “unheard” sounds that inspired director Susan Nase to create the Shot of Scotch Body Music Suite. What would happen if highland dance was composed based on the rhythms made by our footwork? The suite explores this idea and also expands to the idea of accompanying the visual highland dance with vocals, body percussion and traditional Scottish songs.

We are thrilled to be part of this festival because the IBMF provides us the opportunity to represent and promote Canada and Scottish Highland dancing at an International artistic event. Not only will we be able to showcase our culture, our passions and our roots, but we will also have the opportunity to collaborate, mingle, exchange, and learn from internationally renowned artists. The open mic night, various workshops and events allow us to exchange in a unique and rare way, which could lead to future collaborative projects at the international level.

We see this invitation as a clear indication that Shot of Scotch Vancouver has increasing success and growth, and that we are gaining international attention and exposure. Stay tuned for updates on our preparations for this festival! Sponsorship opportunities are available so please contact us if interested in helping us get to Paris. Thank you for your continued support!! See you in Paris!!

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Our Competition Memories

The summer is in full swing and for highland dancers that can only mean one thing, Competition Season! We practice all year round and finally put all our hard work on display at Highland Games and competitions all over the world. Our choreographer, Emily Ritter, has fond memories of traveling all the way to Scotland with her family to compete. She even got her picture in a local Scottish newspaper! Kendra Monroe, Shot of Scotch co-founder and creative director, traveled with her sister and dance friends to the 1994 Southeast Regional competition in Savannah, GA. She walked away with awesome memories of goofing off on River Street with her fellow dancers as well as a trophy, which qualified her for Nationals!

While competition days are always full of fun, they don’t always go smoothly. Unpredictable weather and injuries can put a damper on any dancer’s day. Anna Fitzgerald, our performance coordinator, was competing in the Fling at 10 or 11 years old and landed on a tac. It went right through her ghillie into her foot, she explains, “after several painful hops on it, I stopped dancing, started crying, and ran/hobbled off the stage.” Luckily an understanding judge let her give it a second try!

Whether the day is full of laughter or tears, competition days are always memorable! We are excited to congratulate Shot of Scotch Dancer, Marjorie Stewart, who competed last month at the Rhode Island Scottish Highland Festival at age 46 and plans to continue competing. We can’t wait to hear about all of the stories she and her fellow Shot of Scotch members make in the years to come!

(Upper left going clockwise: Emily Ritter in a Scotland newspaper, Anna Fitzgerald in North Carolina, Kendra Monroe in Savannah, GA and Marjorie Stewart in Richmond, RI



July, August, September
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.
*Classes offerings subject to change due to class enrollment

Youth Lessons & Private Lessons available as well

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.

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Thursdays 7:00 PM-9:00 PM OPEN LEVEL CLASS

Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St, "Zagar" Studio on 7th floor)

Summer Session Dates - July 7, 14, 21 & 28, Aug 4, 11, 18 & 25

5-class card available to allow more summer flexibility!

Regular Sunday classes (including Absolute Beginners) to start again in Sept.

Member Rehearsals:

Wednesday evenings 8:00-9:30 PM at Scotiabank Dance Centre
Accepting new members who have reached the premier level of dance.

Sign up here!
Quote of the month:

"You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.”

Merce Cunningham

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Shot of Scotch New York Upcoming Events!

Public Event - Aug 27: Long Island Highland Games, Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury NY

Public Event - Aug 31: 8 In Show, Dixon Place Theater, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY

Public Event - Sept 18: Fort Tryon Medieval Festival, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY

Shot of Scotch Vancouver Upcoming Events!

Public Event - Aug 1: Tsawwassen Sun Festival, Winskill Park, 5575 9 Avenue, Delta, BC, ~12:30 pm

Public Event - Sept 24: Highland Homecoming Tattoo, Seaforth Armoury, 1650
Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, ~2:30 pm (TBC)

Public Event - Oct 17-23: International Body Music Festival, Paris, France

Public Event - Nov 12 : Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra Ceilidh, Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver, BC
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