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Shot of Scotch Newsletter - Spring 2017

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Spring 2017

Shot of Scotch New York City

Allow me to introduce myself...

A guest column by our newest member, Myra Harrison

For as long as I remember, I have been highland dancing. I grew up in Hamilton Ontario Canada and began private lessons with my older sister when I was 3. Shortly after, I began dancing at Sandra Bald Jones Dance studio. Though, I was not a competitive dancer, I worked hard to learn as much as I could and completed my SDTA medal tests to achieve bronze through Scottish Award 5 over the years. I began performing with the Schiehallion Dancers, a dance troupe formed of people from the studio, taking part in both smaller shows and large performances like the Canadian International Military Tattoo. I also had the opportunity to travel with the group to Virginia where we collaborated with local and Scottish teams on a performance in the Tattoo there. Some of my favourite dance memories are from that trip to Virginia, where I had the chance to spend a week with the team and meet people from all over the world.

I stopped dancing when I moved out for University in 2010 and just picked it back up when I moved to New York City in the summer of 2016. New York is an amazing city with so many people here who come from very different backgrounds and hometowns. It is no surprise that I found this group of people who are passionate about performing highland dance. I was very excited to simply find adult classes with MSHD in NYC but to also find a performance team was the cherry on the cake. I am eager to be getting back the technique I had before I stopped dancing, though it definitely has been a challenge. I am so unbelievably grateful to have met the people I have had the pleasure of dancing with, and am excited to make more dance memories.

Shot of Scotch Vancouver

Have you always wanted to try Highland dancing as an adult, but didn't know where to begin? We are thrilled to offer a 4-week Absolute Beginner workshop to get you started! In this workshop, we'll go through all the basic arm and feet positions, introduce your body to the basic movements of highland dance and work slowly through a 4-step Highland Fling! After the 4 weeks, you'll be prepared and confident enough to join our regular Sunday beginner/novice classes. The Absolute Beginner workshop classes will be taught by SoS Vancouver Artistic Director Susan Nase and run Sundays 2:00-3:30 pm throughout April.

For those dancers already in the highland dance swing of things, we've got a workshop to help you take your dancing to the next level! Shot of Scotch Vancouver founding member Alison Ward will be teaching Core and Cardio for Highland Dancers on Tuesdays throughout Apr and May! Let's move!! The focus will be on stamina, strength and improving the dances you already know! Alison has been practicing Pilates since 2000 and teaching as a certified instructor since 2006. In addition, Alison is a fully qualified Highland Dance Instructor and has over 30 years of various dance and theatre experience. As a competitor, she trained at a high championship level and won several titles at provincial, national and international levels. Her ability to cross train with Pilates has allowed her to continue dancing at a professional level well into her thirties.

Click HERE to learn more about these workshops and to REGISTER online!



Weekdays 7:00 PM/ Adult all levels
Garment District , NYC

Monthly sign up required. Classes are available for every level of dance experience.

Youth Lessons & Private Lessons available as well!

Member Rehearsals:

Thursdays 7:00 PM
Shetler Studios (244 W 54th St.)

Accepting new members who have reached the Premier level of dance.

Sign up here !


Class info:

Sundays 10:00-11:30 AM Int/Premier Levels

Sundays 11:30-1:00 PM Beg/Nov/Int Levels

Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway)

Spring Session #1 - Mar 5, 12, 19 & 26, Apr 2, 9, 23 & 30; 8 classes, $200, Max. 8 students

Spring Session #2- May 7, 14 & 28, Jun 4, 11, 18 & 25; 8 classes, $175, Max. 8 students


Core and Cardio w Alison Ward - Apr 4, 11, 18 & 25, May 2, 9, 16 & 23; 8 classes, $160 ($120 if already registered for a Sunday ongoing session!)

Absolute Beginner Highland - Apr 2, 9, 21 & 30; 4 classes, $100

Workshop classes held at Scotiabank Dance Centre. Pre-registration and full session commitment required.

Rehearsal info:

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

Accepting new member applications from those who have reached the premier level of dance.

Contact us to learn more!
Quote of the season:

“There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good."

-Edwin Denby

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Shot of Scotch New York Upcoming Events!

Public Event - Saturday, April 1, 2017 4pm: St. Andrews Society Tartan Takeover, St. Andrews Bar, 140 West 46th Street, New York, NY

Public Event - Wednesday, April 5, 2017 7:30pm: Wight Hot Pipes & Scottish Octopus, Connolly's Pub & Restaurant, 121 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Public Event - Thursday, April 6, 2017 (all day): Tartan Day on Ellis Island

Public Event - Friday, April 7, 2017 6pm: Pre-Parade Ceilidh, Abigail Adams Auditorium, 417 E 61st St, New York, NY (ticketed event)

Public Event - Saturday, April 8, 2017 11:15am: Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace, Bryant Park Fountain Terrace, Bryant Park, New York, NY

Public Event - Saturday, April 8, 2017 2pm: The 19th Annual New York Tartan Day Parade with Grand Marshal, Tommy Flanagan, 6th Avenue between 45th and 55th Streets, New York, NY

Public Event - Saturday, April 8, 2017 4:30pm: Post Parade Party, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd Street, New York, NY (ticketed event)

Public Event - Sunday, April 9, 2017 (all day): Tartan Day on Ellis Island

Public Event - Sunday, April 23, 2017 (all day): West Point Military Tattoo, Trophy Point Amphitheater, 117-119 Washington Rd, West Point, NY

Private Event - Saturday, May 6, 2017: University of St. Andrews NY Alumni Club May Ball Gala, New York, NY

Public Event - Saturday, May 20, 2017 (all day): NYC Dance Parade & Festival, Broadway & 19th Street, New York, NY & Tompkins Square Park, Avenue A & E 7th St, New York, NY

Shot of Scotch Vancouver Upcoming Events!

Public Event - May 12, 2017: Ceilidh to Conquer Cancer, Polish Cultural Centre, 4015 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC

Public Event - Jun 17, 2017: BC Highland Games, Percy Perry Stadium, 1290 Pipeline Rd, Coquitlam, BC
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