Join Shot of Scotch Vancouver!

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We’re recruiting! We are currently accepting submissions for new apprentice company members to join our professional adult dance company this summer. Shot of Scotch Vancouver performs regularly across the lower mainland and travels internationally as well. In the past several years we have performed in the USA, Paris and China, collaborated with numerous pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians and dance groups of all ethnic backgrounds. Dancers are paid for their work and get to perform at a variety of events ranging from very traditional to wildly innovative and contemporary. 

Ideal SoS Van members are enthusiastic about performance and excellence in dance, and are open to exploring new avenues of expression through traditional Scottish dance. Though our dancers must maintain a level of fitness to enable them to perform at a high standard, we strongly encourage dancers both actively dancing and those who have taken a short break from premier level dance to apply. We are looking for a combination of technique and performance qualities.

Are you a highland dancer of at least 18 years of age who has reached premier-level quality (regardless of prior competitive history) and is interested in focusing more on performance than competition? We’d love to meet you! We have regular weekly practices on Wednesday evenings in downtown Vancouver and are looking forward to welcoming new dancers to our rehearsals this summer. Apply to join our fabulous team of performers!

All interested dancers please send the following to

1. Unlisted YouTube video link of you dancing a 4 step highland fling. No costume needed; rehearsal clothes are fine.

2. Application form submitted online

Questions? Check out our FAQs or send them to us at 

Deadline: Extended to Jun 30, 2019!

Applicants will be contacted in June and new members will start rehearsals in July or Aug. Dancers away during summer months are still encouraged to apply as a Sept 2019 start date is possible.

The Power of Highland Dance

Did you know that our body language affects how we feel? Research has shown that posing in expansive postures for as little as two minutes can make us feel and perform better. It makes us feel more powerful, confident, assertive, less stressed and anxious, happier and more optimistic. Specific experiments have shown that holding “power poses” give the following benefits:

Image from Amy Cuddy’s book “Presence - Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges”

Image from Amy Cuddy’s book “Presence - Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges”

  • lowers the stress hormone cortisol and increases testosterone

  • increases our agility in abstract thinking

  • makes it easier to retrieve and focus on positive memories

  • makes us more likely to assert ourselves, to identify and seize opportunities, take risks and persist

  • toughens us to physical pain

  • elevates non-verbal presence, improving our performance in stressful situations like interviews

The crazy news is that you don’t even have to physically do the postures - you can IMAGINE them and experience the same benefits!

Now take a look at the basic positions and movements of Highland Dance. They are all Power Poses! With thousands of hours of power posing/dancing (often over swords!) under their belts, is it any wonder highland dancers go on to be the top of their professional fields?! Coincidence? We don’t think so!! The next time you are facing a challenging or stressful situation - try standing in first position or dancing a Highland Fling!


Learn more about this fascinating research by watching Amy Cuddy’s viral TED Talk or reading her book “Presence - Bringing your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges”

Spring Highland Dance Classes Start Mar 3rd!

There may be more snow in the forecast, but Spring is just around the corner! Our 2019 Spring sessions start on Mar 3. . Register for both sessions and get a FREE class! Full details on the classes can be found HERE, and some quick details are below. Celebrate the new season with a Spring Fling!

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Sundays 10:00-11:30 AM: Premier

Sundays 11:30-1:00 PM: Novice/Intermediate

Sundays 1:00-2:30 PM: Beginner

Ongoing Sunday adult classes are held at Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway)

Spring Session #1 - Mar 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, Apr 7, 14 & 28; 8 classes, $200, Max. 9 students per class

Spring Session #2 - May 5, 12 & 26, Jun 2, 9, 16 & 23; 7 classes, $175, Max. 9 students per class

Pre-registration and full session payment required (sorry no refunds). 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.

Are you at the Absolute Beginner Level? Want to learn the basics from the start?? Send us a message to get on the list for our next Absolute Beginner Workshop!

Crooked Fire Video Release!!

We are thrilled to reveal to you our latest creative project, directed and choreographed by our Artistic Director Susan Nase... Crooked Fire! Shot on a cold day in December, this video captures our newest choreography on film. Set to the infectious music of Skerryvore, our dancers push the boundaries of contemporary highland dance with precision, energy and just a wee bit of sass!

We had the great pleasure to work with a stellar crew, an amazing hair and makeup team and the fabulous shooting and editing talents of Philip Corr of Wee Beastie Productions. The dancers put in a long full day on set, not to mention weeks of rehearsals to make this vision come to life. We couldn't be happier with the results and hope you love it too!

Check out the full Crooked Fire video HERE!!

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Learn Highland Dance in 2019! Absolute Beginner Workshop in February!

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Have you always wanted to give Highland Dancing a try but didn't know where to begin? Looking for a new activity to get you moving in the New Year? No experience is necessary! This February we are thrilled to offer a 4-week workshop for absolute beginners! Learn all the basic positions and movements from the very beginning and walk away knowing how to dance a 4-step Highland Fling! If (when) at the end of the workshop you have been bitten by the Highland Dance bug, you'll have all the foundation you need to join our ongoing beginner classes. Go ahead and register today! We can't wait to dance with you!

Thursdays 8:30-9:30 pm, taught by Katherine Gray

Feb 7, 14, 21 & 28; 4 classes, $80

Scottish Cultural Centre (8886 Hudson St)

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