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Shot of Scotch Newsletter - Winter 2018

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Shot of Scotch New York City

Mohonk Mountain House: Scottish Weekend

January 26-28 marks the sixth year, SoS NYC will be invited back to share it's passion of Highland Dance along side other Scottish artists during this celebratory weekend. We hope to see you at the beautiful backdrop, Mohonk Mountain House, as we celebrate Robert Burns and this years theme of Neil Gow. 
"The halls of the Mountain House echo with the sound of bagpipes, as the Mohonk grounds transform into the highlands of Scotland! Our Scottish Weekend features award-winning musicians, concerts, Scotch whisky tasting, the “Address to the Haggis”, a ceilidh, and opportunities to participate and learn about Scottish music, Scottish country dance, bagpipe-playing, Scottish Highland games, and kilt-making. Our MC and historian, Thomas Keith, will be giving a lecture on Robert Burns as well as hosting our classic Scottish concert."
If you are unable to make it to Mohonk, please see our other upcoming performances at the bottom of this newsletter!

Book now to save 20% on your stay!

Shot of Scotch Vancouver

SoS Vancouver's 5th Anniversary Ceilidh

It's hard to believe, but 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! 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!

NEW YORK

Class Info


Weekday evenings
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:

Tuesdays 7:00 PM
Garment District
(subject to change)

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

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VANCOUVER

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)

Winter Session - Jan 7, 14, 21 & 28, Feb 4, 18 & 25; 7 classes, $175, Max. 9 students

Workshops:

Core and Cardio with Alison Ward - Thursdays Feb & Mar, 8 classes, $160

Drop-ins allowed for registered Sunday students ONLY.

Member Rehearsal:

Wednesdays 8:00-9:30 PM
Scotiabank Dance Centre


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

Contact us to learn more!
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Shot of Scotch New York Upcoming Events!


Public & Private Events - Jan 20-30, 2018: Robbie Burns Celebrations! Book now to secure your event date!

Public Event - Jan 25, 2018: RSCDS Robert Burns Night, St. Bartholomew's Church, 325 Park Ave. New York, NY; 7:30 pm


Public Event - Jan 26 - 28, 2018: Mohonk Mountain House- Scottish Weekend, New Paltz, NY

Public Event - Jan 27, 2018: The New York Times Travel Show, Jacob K. Javits Center, 655 W 34th St. New York, NY

Private Event - Feb 3rd, 2018: Genesis Lodge Burns Supper

Public & Private Events - April 1 - 8, 2018: NYC Tartan Week. Stay tuned for more details!

Shot of Scotch Vancouver Upcoming Events!


Public & Private Events - Jan 20-30, 2018: Robbie Burns Celebrations! Book now to secure your event date!

Public Event - Jan 24, 2018: Celebrating Robbie Burns, Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave. North Vancouver BC; 7:00 pm

Public Event - Jan 25, 2018: A Salute to Robbie Burns, Pan Pacific Vancouver 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC; 6:30 pm
 
Public Event - Jan 31, 2018: Taiko Highland Fusion at the Instruments of Change Benefit , Imperial Theatre, 319 Main St, Vancouver BC; 7:00 pm

Public Event - Mar 3, 2018: SoS Vancouver 5th Anniversary Ceilidh, Russian Hall, 600 Campbell Ave, Vancouver BC; 7 pm

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Quote of the season:

I dance out of need as much as love. If I don’t move through time and space to music something is absent from my life. Often I can’t hold myself back, and in my kitchen, a hallway, a public space I will start to dance—for me it is innate."

- Sarah Lamb, Principal Dancer with the Royal Ballet

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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

NEW WORKSHOPS!
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!

NEW YORK

Lessons:

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 !

VANCOUVER

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

Workshops:


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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UPCOMING EVENTS

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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Shot of Scotch Vancouver

SoS Van 2016 Year in Review

Merci 2016, Hello 2017!!

2016 was a busy year for us in Vancouver! We worked on collaborations old and new with the Royal Academy of Bhangra and the Seaforth Highlanders, put in countless hours of rehearsal at The Dance Centre, taught full adult recreational classes year-round, hosted two Whisky Fling fundraisers, danced at a scores of local festivals, events, parades and we even danced in the pouring rain twice! (A regular hazard of dancing outdoors in Vancouver!) Perhaps the jewel of 2016 though was our trip to Paris in October to perform and teach highland dance at the 8th Annual International Body Music Festival.

The IBMF is truly a gathering of world cultures. Over 200 festival-goers and artists from all over France, around the world were in attendance: Canada, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru, USA, Finland, Italy, Russia, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Cyprus, Turkey, Czech Republic, Germany and more. We were one of only three Canadian companies. Four members of SoS Vancouver, including Artistic Director and choreographer Susan Nase traveled to Paris to teach a master class of the percussive elements of Scottish highland dance as well as to present the original choreography of “Highland Dance Body Music."

Scottish Highland dancing has never been presented at this festival before. There was tremendous interest from the global group of students in attendance at the workshop to not only learn the Scottish jig dance steps, but also to absorb the history of the dance. The class ended with a long question and answer period with great questions asked and much discussion on the cultural roots of the Scottish dance form and it’s connection to Canada. It was wonderful to share this information with such a diverse and global community! The performances went equally well, with many audience members commenting on how unique, innovative and genuine the work presented was.

With such a busy schedule, 2016 really flew by and it's hard to believe we are already ringing in 2017! We've no plans to slow down this year though. We're starting the year off with January packed full of Robbie Burns celebrations and the Chinese New Year Parade. A heartfelt thank you to all of our supporters in 2016 and we are looking forward to more adventures in Scottish dance in 2017. Happy New Year!!

See pictures from our trip to the IBMF in Paris HERE!

Shot of Scotch New York City

SoS NYC 2016 Year in Review
2016 was a year of tremendous growth and joy for Shot of Scotch NYC. This year, we celebrated a birth, a wedding, impressive career, educational growth, an adorable new kitten, as well as celebrating The Shot of Scotch NYC 5 year anniversary in March at St. Andrew's Restaurant.
We danced through all these changes and were thrilled to participate in New York City's Tartan Week celebrations, including dancing two days at Ellis Island with the Clan Currie Society and marching down 5th Avenue at the annual Tartan Day Parade, led by Parade Marshall Sam Heughan of Outlander. We were proud to present an all-new choreography at Dixon Place's 8 in Show. Most recently we performed at the Sinterklass Festival in Rhinebeck, New York and at the Miracle on Madison celebration in Manhattan, and had the whole group together to perform at the Lincoln Square Winter’s Eve Festival.

As a group we have much to celebrate. Though, as individuals we have thrived in NYC, and well:

Kendra and her husband Ryan celebrated the birth of their first child this year. Campbell is our premier Shot of Scotch NYC baby and we are thrilled to welcome her into our arms. She enjoys practicing her Irish Jig face and has better turnout than any of us. It's no wonder, as Kendra was dancing well into her 8th month of pregnancy and began teaching with Monroe School of Highland Dance again when Campbell was a few weeks old.

Abi married the dashing Babak at a gorgeous ceremony at the Brooklyn Winery in August. The newlyweds honeymooned in Lagos, Portugal with Abi returning looking tanned and more relaxed than anybody in New York City. Abi is also celebrating her admittance to Hunter Graduate School for the Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practioner program- may her honeymoon relaxation get her through her studies ahead!

Anna graduated this year with a Professional Studies Diploma in Bassoon Performance from Mannes College The New School for Music and has since been hired as Faculty to the Mozartina Musical Arts Conservatory. Anna played a number of awesome performances for her work as a professional Bassoonist and also started the New York City School of Scottish Dance.

Annelise began a new position as the Outreach and Advocacy Counselor at the Central Queens YM&YWHA and pet a lot, and we mean a lot, of dogs in 2016.

Libby was thrilled to begin a new position as a Contracts Administrator at Buzzfeed this year. She has seen the Try Guys from a distance but has not met them yet; we're holding onto our hopes for 2017.

Blair is now halfway through her 3rd year at Juilliard. This summer she went to Canada for the Banff Music Festival where she studied Bassoon performance, and where she went on hikes nearly every day. Blair also adopted the beautiful kitten Luna this year; Luna enjoys cuddling, watching videos of birds, and kills it at the Snapchat filter game.

Emily was crowned the Queen of Ice Cream in 2016 during her visit to the new Museum of Ice Cream in New York City. She continues to work her dream job marketing children's books, and also became the proudest aunt ever to the adorable Magnolia, the Duchess of Ice Cream.

Marjorie enjoyed a wonderful vacation to Scotland and Ireland this year, where she danced with the Heart of Scotland dancers in Edinburgh. She says she did not see Nessie but admits to seeing a strange blur out of the corner of her eye while on the lake. Who knows what that could have been...

We are enormously grateful for all these opportunities to present Scottish dance and culture and are overjoyed by all the gifts 2016 has given us. Thank you for your support this last year and we enthusiastically look ahead to the promise of 2017.

With love from all of us at Shot of Scotch NYC,

Blair, Emily, Libby, Kendra, Abi, Marjorie, Annelise, Anna and Rachel

NEW YORK

Lessons:

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 !

VANCOUVER

Lessons:

Sundays 10:00-11:30 AM Int/Premier Levels (Let's work!)

Sundays 11:30-1:00 PM Slow Novice/Int/Premier Levels (Minimum of 1 year dance experience)

Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway)

Winter Session - Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 19 & 26; 7 classes, $175, Max. 8 students

Spring Session - Starts Mar 2017 - Absolute beginner class starts!


Pre-registration and full session commitment required.

Member Rehearsals:


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:

“Dance is communication, and so the great challenge is to speak clearly, beautifully, and with inevitability. Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made. Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!.”

-Constanze Mozart

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Shot of Scotch New York Upcoming Events!


Public Event - Jan 19: RSCDS Burns Night, St. Bartholomew's 325 Park Ave

Public Event - Jan 27-29: Mohonk Mountain House: Scottish Weekend, New Paltz, NY

Private Event - Feb 4: Genesis Lodge Burns Night, Brooklyn, NY

Shot of Scotch Vancouver Upcoming Events!


Private Events - Jan 18 - Jan 25: Robbie Burns Season! Various events all over the Lower Mainland. Call us if you are still wanting to book dancers for your Burns event!

Public Event - Jan 29 : Chinese New Year Parade, Chinatown Vancouver, BC; 11 am

Public Event - Mar 18 : Celticfest Ceilidh, St. Mary's Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 3150 Ash St. Vancouver, BC; 6:30 pm
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Making Highland Dance Modern

A guest post by Shot of Shot NYC Choreographer: Emily Ritter

Traditional Scottish Highland dance evokes images of men in kilts dancing over swords as they prepare for battle, bagpipes blaring in the distance. It’s an art form that has been around for centuries and is steeped in tradition. But rarely do people think of Highland dance as a modern art form.

This was my challenge for Shot of Scotch’s August performance at Dixon Place in New York City. The performance, “8 in Show,” was established to showcase emerging and established choreographers of all dance forms. As Shot of Scotch NYC’s Choreographer, I wanted to engage a modern audience in new ways for this performance, mixing traditional Highland dance with a modern look.

To do this, I spent nearly a year putting this piece, titled “Dance Upon My Tomb” together. First came the music, the inspiration for the title and feel of the dance. This tune was paired with a traditional Scottish chant to create the feel of the mystic Scottish Highlands. Once this haunting feel was established, the dance began to take shape as I molded traditional Scottish dance moves in new and different ways. Highcuts were done from the floor while entrechats were done with our hands. To symbolize breaking out of the traditional rigidity of Highland dance, our arm movements started out stilted and grew more fluid throughout the piece. The ending is a burst of traditional movements across the stage, as we ultimately embrace the long and glorious history of Highland dance.

Once the choreography was established, our final challenge in creating a compelling feel was choosing the right costumes and set. A mysterious stone henge formation was chosen as the backdrop to bring the Scottish Highlands to the stage. Struggling to find existing costumes that fit the feel of the dance, I sewed the skirts myself, combining a traditional tartan with a more modern look.

Creating “Dance Upon My Tomb” was a challenging and rewarding experience. It inspired me and the other performers to look beyond the traditional vision of Highland dance. I hope to use this experience in the future with more choreographies for Shot of Scotch NYC.

Watch a video of the choreography here!
"Dance Upon My Tomb" performed by Anna Fitzgerald, Annelise MacLeod, Libby Maylen, and Emily Ritter

Shot of Scotch Vancouver

Seaforth Highlanders of Canada: Highland Homecoming Tattoo
 
It's every highland dancer's dream to be part of a Tattoo and we had the great honour to be part of the Seaforth Highlanders homecoming to their newly renovated Armoury on Sep. 24. The 80 year old building had undergone many upgrades over the past 4 years and the Highland Homecoming marked the official return of the Seaforths to their home station. The Tattoo portion of the day included stellar performances by the Seaforth Highlanders Pipes and Drums, The Vancouver Police Pipe Band, The Band of the 15h Field Regiment, Chor Leoni Men's Choir and of course Shot of Scotch Vancouver! 

We were represented not only by SoS company members that danced a set of dances with the Seaforth Pipes and Drums, but also by a handful of our adult students! As part of the finale, 6 Shot of Scotch Vancouver students, 4 company members and 6 Seaforth regiment members danced a Broadsword that stole the show. The Seaforths, having never done any highland dance before, had only four rehearsals to learn and perfect this dance. They did an amazing job! With an estimated 1000 people in the audience, including our Minister of National Defence, Harjit Singh Sajjan, it was a thrill to be part of this event!


See a glimpse of our Broadsword performance HERE!
 

NEW YORK

Lessons: 

 
Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 PM
Garment District , NYC


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 7:00-8:00 PM 
York Live Arts and Ripley Grier Studios
Accepting new members who have reached the premier level of dance.

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VANCOUVER

Lessons:

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)

Fall Session #2 - Nov 6, 13, 20 & 27, Dec 4, 11 & 18; 7 classes, $175, Max. 8 students

Winter Session - Starts Jan 2017

Pre-registration and full session commitment required. 

Member Rehearsals: 

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

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Quote of the season:
 

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”

- Friedrich Nietzsche

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Shot of Scotch New York Upcoming Events!


Public Event - Nov 28: Winter's Eve Festival, Lincoln Square, New York City, NY

Public Event - Dec 3: Sinterklaas Festival & Parade, Rhinebeck, NY

Shot of Scotch Vancouver Upcoming Events!


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

Public Event - Nov 19 : St. Andrew's Ball 2016, Diamond Ballroom, 1495 West 8th Avenue, Top Floor, Vancouver BC
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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

NEW YORK

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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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VANCOUVER

Lessons:

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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UPCOMING EVENTS

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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