Vancouver

Now Is the Time To Become A Shot of Scotch Vancouver Member!

Now is the perfect time to become a Shot of Scotch Vancouver Member! As a Member you will enjoy exclusive benefits in addition to supporting Vancouver's premier professional Scottish highland dance troupe.

For only $25 you can become a Shot of Scotch Vancouver Member and receive discounts with select retailers, special member pricing for SoS and partner events, and other members-only benefits!

Some upcoming events and partners where SoS Vancouver members will receive special discounts include:

  • A free week of gym access at Curves (Kitsilano location) and discounted rates for select Zumba classes

SoS Vancouver Members also receive preferred pricing on SoS produced events (Whisky Fling, Ceilidh, and SoS shows). 

Additional Member benefits are always being added, and we will email Members as they become available.

To purchase your Membership, visit: http://www.shotofscotch.com/payments

NEW Absolute Beginner Adult Highland Workshop!

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Have you always wanted to give Highland Dancing a try but didn't know where to begin? Are you looking for a way to get more active this Fall in a fun, engaging way? We're thrilled to offer this introductory 3-week workshop to get you started! No dance experience or equipment at all is necessary and this workshop will prepare you to join our regular weekly classes. We will work on the basic movements, building strength and stamina and by the end you will have learned to dance the Highland Fling!

Go ahead and register today! We can't wait to dance with you!

Sundays 1:00-2:30 pm

Sep 22, 29 & Oct 6; 3 classes, $75

Broadway Ballroom (1050 W Broadway, Vancouver BC)

Save your spot today as class size is limited! CONTACT US for more info.

Fall Class Registration: Now Open!

As the days of summer start to wind down, it's time to register for Fall classes! We start up again Sunday Sept 8th at Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway). Classes are kept small so make sure to REGISTER today to save your spot! Here's all the info you need!

Sundays 10:00-11:30 AM: Int/Premier Levels - Breakdown of steps, focus on technique, stamina and strength

Sundays 11:30-1:00 PM: Nov/Int - Slower pace for returning premier dancers to remember steps and regain stamina as well as new novice dancers to learn. Working on Fling, Sword, Lilt, S. Trs., Flora, Basic Reels

Sundays 1:00-2:30 PM: Beginner - This level is for dancers with a little highland experience or other previous dance training (i.e. ballet). Will focus on slowly breaking down basic Highland movements and dances (Fling, Sword, Lilt.) Perfect for those who have just completed the Absolute Beginner workshop. 

Fall Session #1 - Sep 8, 15, 22 & 29, Oct 6, 20 & 27; 7 classes, $175, Max. 9 students per class

Fall Session #2 - Nov 3, 10, 17 & 24, Dec 1, 8 & 15; 7 classes, $175, Max. 9 students per class

Register for both sessions at once and get a free class! Pre-registration and full session payment required (no refunds). A SoS Society membership ($25 for the full 2019/20 season) is required will be added to the class fee. The fee for each regular session is payable at or before the first class of each session.

Save your spot today as class size is limited! REGISTER online or CONTACT US for more info.

The Dance Centre Member Spotlight Interview with Susan Nase

We have been rehearsing and running classes out of The Dance Centre in Downtown Vancouver since our very first rehearsal in 2013. This July, their Member Spotlight featured our Artistic Director Susan Nase! In her interview she discusses her inspiration, the company's inception and our plans for the upcoming season. Read it all here!

Q & A with Artistic Director Susan Nase
1. Who is Susan Nase in a sentence? 

My bio will tell you that I’m a prairie-born Scottish Highland dancer, tap dancer, singer and engineer, but what feels more true is to describe myself as a connector, a creator and an advocate of culture.

 
2. What was your path to creating Shot of Scotch Vancouver?

Shot of Scotch was first started while I was living in NYC. There is a ton of Irish culture there, but very little Scottish so SoS was formed as an outlet for me to continue to Highland dance. The group in NYC grew from three founding members to a large active company in only two years. When my work visa expired, I moved back to Canada and the Vancouver branch of Shot of Scotch was born.

 
3. Tell us a bit about the work the company does.

Our work creates opportunities for exploration and connection that lie beyond the limits of traditional Highland dance which is very structured, athletic, and rigid. The work we do honors the traditions and technique, but challenges the boundaries of traditional settings by incorporating movements and creation techniques of other dance and creative disciplines to create innovative, challenging works often in close collaboration with other dance artists or musicians.


4. Do you have any memories of moments or people that have influenced your artistic trajectory?

I am constantly being influenced and inspired by other artists in any number of disciplines! My experience of living in NYC for over 4 years, impacted me greatly. I was surrounded by emerging, established and legendary artists, many of which I remain in close contact with today. From time spent with them, I learned that anything is possible and to just show up and do the work. Day after day, week after week, just keep creating. Commit to the artistic vision and believe in yourself. 


5. Do you have any ritual that you carry out each day?

Coffee! Every morning I have my espresso, green smoothie and I write in my journal. Often yoga or my newest effort – jogging (slowly) around the sea wall gets included in the morning ritual. I feel very grateful to live and work in this beautiful ctiy.


6. Any plans for the coming season?

Shot of Scotch has just become a non-profit society, so we have so many new ambitions and plans! In addition to our regular traditional performances in and around the lower mainland, we are working to create, present and tour a full-length show. We’re developing several ongoing collaborations with the VPD Pipe Band and Royal Academy of Bhangra and we’re very excited to be part of the Discover Dance Series next Apr.


7. I am a Dance Centre member because …

The Dance Centre has been our home since our first rehearsal in 2013. We’re grateful for the support we receive here as well as feeling connected to the broader dance community in Vancouver.

 

 

 

Summer Drop-in Highland Classes!

Register today for summer drop-in classes! Keep your strength and cardio going through July and August! Summer classes are open to beginner, novice, intermediate and premier levels and will focus on improving technique of the basic movements of highland dance and strengthening the dances you know. Enjoy a rotating roster of SoS Van teachers and drop-in to the classes that work with your summer schedule!

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Open Level Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 pm

All summer classes are held at Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie St. Vancouver, BC)

Jul Classes - Jul 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30; 7 classes

Aug Classes - Aug 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29; 9 classes

10-Class Card valid Jul and Aug - $250

5-Class Card valid Jul and Aug - $125

Take more than 10 classes this summer and add more drop-ins for $20/class!

Pre-registration and SoS Society membership ($5) required. The cost for class cards is payable at or before the first class. 

REGISTER online or CONTACT US for more info. Private and semi-private lessons are also available.