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Meet the Dancers of Shot of Scotch Vancouver

*Headshots by: Benjamin Samson Photography

Susan Nase* SoS Title: Co-founder/Artistic Director/Dancer Hometown: Saskatoon, SK "Real Life" ID: Dancer, singer, educator (formerly a Professional Engineer) Favourite Highland Dance Memory: First international trip - Traveling to Scotland with teacher Wendy Wilson and best Highland dancing friends to compete at the World Championships in 1996. Random and Mostly True Fact: Does not function without high grade, daily dose of espresso

Susan Nase*

SoS Title: Co-founder/Artistic Director/Dancer

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

"Real Life" ID: Dancer, singer, educator (formerly a Professional Engineer)

Favourite Highland Dance Memory: First international trip - Traveling to Scotland with teacher Wendy Wilson and best Highland dancing friends to compete at the World Championships in 1996.

Random and Mostly True Fact: Does not function without high grade, daily dose of espresso

Alison Ward* SoS Title: Vancouver branch Co-founder/Dancer Hometown: Kelowna, BC "Real Life" ID: Writer, Actor, Producer, Pilates Instructor etc... Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Performing in Paris and Monaco with the York Regional Police Pipe Band Random and Mostly True Fact: Loves swimming in the ocean, but does not like snorkeling 

Alison Ward*

SoS Title: Vancouver branch Co-founder/Dancer

Hometown: Kelowna, BC

"Real Life" ID: Writer, Actor, Producer, Pilates Instructor etc...

Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Performing in Paris and Monaco with the York Regional Police Pipe Band

Random and Mostly True Fact: Loves swimming in the ocean, but does not like snorkeling 

Meghan Pike SoS Title: Dancer Hometown: Surrey, BC "Real Life" ID: Highland Dance Teacher and Studio Owner of Thistlebrook Academy Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Competing at Cowal (World Highland Dance Championships), and all around Scotland. Random and mostly true fact: Loves dirt biking/quadding, and camping... so long as there's a nice hotel with a pool and air conditioning! 

Meghan Pike

SoS Title: Dancer

Hometown: Surrey, BC

"Real Life" ID: Highland Dance Teacher and Studio Owner of Thistlebrook Academy

Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Competing at Cowal (World Highland Dance Championships), and all around Scotland.

Random and mostly true fact: Loves dirt biking/quadding, and camping... so long as there's a nice hotel with a pool and air conditioning! 

Katherine Gray SoS Title: Dancer Hometown: Kamloops, BC "Real Life" ID: Science Student at UBC Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Going on stage with her overshoes on at an outdoor games and competing the whole flora before realizing that she hadn't taken them off! Random and mostly true fact: Loves absolutely anything to do with the colour orange

Katherine Gray

SoS Title: Dancer

Hometown: Kamloops, BC

"Real Life" ID: Science Student at UBC

Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Going on stage with her overshoes on at an outdoor games and competing the whole flora before realizing that she hadn't taken them off!

Random and mostly true fact: Loves absolutely anything to do with the colour orange

Erin Robertson SoS Title: Dancer Hometown: Mississauga, ON "Real Life" ID: Freelance Choreographer, Early Childhood Educator Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Performing with The Rankins, Barra McNeils and Natalie McMaster when she danced with The Scottish Dance Company of Canada Random and Mostly True Fact: Frequently will burst out singing show tunes when having a conversation with someone!  

Erin Robertson

SoS Title: Dancer

Hometown: Mississauga, ON

"Real Life" ID: Freelance Choreographer, Early Childhood Educator

Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Performing with The Rankins, Barra McNeils and Natalie McMaster when she danced with The Scottish Dance Company of Canada

Random and Mostly True Fact: Frequently will burst out singing show tunes when having a conversation with someone!

 

Shannon Cressey SoS Title: Dancer Hometown: Surrey, BC "Real Life" ID: Nature & Parks Programmer Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Competing in a special championship competition at Expo 86 Random and Mostly True Fact: She is a go to person when a friend needs anything "nature-like" identified - including birds, nests, plants, slugs & snails and even poop. She is the knower of random nature knowledge!

Shannon Cressey

SoS Title: Dancer

Hometown: Surrey, BC

"Real Life" ID: Nature & Parks Programmer

Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Competing in a special championship competition at Expo 86

Random and Mostly True Fact: She is a go to person when a friend needs anything "nature-like" identified - including birds, nests, plants, slugs & snails and even poop. She is the knower of random nature knowledge!

Julia Christensen* SoS Title: Dancer Hometown: Nanaimo, BC "Real life" ID: Naturopathic Doctor Favorite highland dancing memory: Representing BC at the Canadian Championships in 1998! Random and mostly true fact: She was born with 6 fingers on each hand! (But don't worry - it's all good now!)

Julia Christensen*

SoS Title: Dancer

Hometown: Nanaimo, BC

"Real life" ID: Naturopathic Doctor

Favorite highland dancing memory: Representing BC at the Canadian Championships in 1998!

Random and mostly true fact: She was born with 6 fingers on each hand! (But don't worry - it's all good now!)

Danielle Senyk SoS Title: Dancer Hometown: New Westminster, BC "Real Life" ID: Kindergarten Teacher Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Dancing a Highland Fling on the Great Wall of China, and then getting kicked out! Random and Mostly True Fact: Self proclaimed absolute "crazy cat lady" (Although we don't think it's crazy!

Danielle Senyk

SoS Title: Dancer

Hometown: New Westminster, BC

"Real Life" ID: Kindergarten Teacher

Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Dancing a Highland Fling on the Great Wall of China, and then getting kicked out!

Random and Mostly True Fact: Self proclaimed absolute "crazy cat lady" (Although we don't think it's crazy!

 
Kathleen Currie Hall SoS Title: Co-founder Hometown: Raleigh, NC "Real Life" ID: Linguistics Professor Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Seeing friends she grew up dancing with, teachers who believed in her, and students she had taught ALL dancing the highland fling at her PhD defense party! Random and Mostly True Fact: Will drive across international borders to get good ice cream.

Kathleen Currie Hall

SoS Title: Co-founder

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

"Real Life" ID: Linguistics Professor

Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Seeing friends she grew up dancing with, teachers who believed in her, and students she had taught ALL dancing the highland fling at her PhD defense party!

Random and Mostly True Fact: Will drive across international borders to get good ice cream.

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Meet the Dancers of Shot of Scotch NYC

  Kendra Monroe SoS Title: Co-founder/Creative Director/Dancer Hometown: Chicago, Illinois "Real Life" ID: Dental Hygienist Started Dancing: Age 7 Favorite Dance Memory: My favorite dance memory was when I got to perform at Epcot Center Scotland! Fun Fact: Kendra has a dual citizenship with the USA and Canada!

 

Kendra Monroe

SoS Title: Co-founder/Creative Director/Dancer

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

"Real Life" ID: Dental Hygienist

Started Dancing: Age 7

Favorite Dance Memory: My favorite dance memory was when I got to perform at Epcot Center Scotland!

Fun Fact: Kendra has a dual citizenship with the USA and Canada!

  Abigail Rosenberger SoS Title: Social Media Director/Dancer Hometown: Guilderland, New York "Real Life" ID: Oncology Nurse Started Dancing: Age 9 Favorite Dance Memory: Going to dance camp in Troy, New York at the Braemar Summer School of Highland Dance and getting to see all of my dance buddies from around the country! Fun Fact: Abi goes to Haiti every year to volunteer as a nurse and she is currently learning to speak Creole!

 

Abigail Rosenberger

SoS Title: Social Media Director/Dancer

Hometown: Guilderland, New York

"Real Life" ID: Oncology Nurse

Started Dancing: Age 9

Favorite Dance Memory: Going to dance camp in Troy, New York at the Braemar Summer School of Highland Dance and getting to see all of my dance buddies from around the country!

Fun Fact: Abi goes to Haiti every year to volunteer as a nurse and she is currently learning to speak Creole!

  Anna Fitzgerald SoS Title: Performance Coordinator/Dancer Hometown: Cary, North Carolina "Real Life" ID: Bassonist Started Dancing: Age 10 Favorite Dance Memory: Watching my very first student compete as a Primary in her first competition. I was so proud of her!  Fun Fact: I toured with a Steel Pan Band for 4 years while I was in college.   

 

Anna Fitzgerald

SoS Title: Performance Coordinator/Dancer

Hometown: Cary, North Carolina

"Real Life" ID: Bassonist

Started Dancing: Age 10

Favorite Dance Memory: Watching my very first student compete as a Primary in her first competition. I was so proud of her! 

Fun Fact: I toured with a Steel Pan Band for 4 years while I was in college. 

 

  Emily Ritter SoS Title: Choreographer/Dancer Hometown: Fairway, KS "Real Life" ID: Marketing Coordinator, Bloomsbury Publishing Started Dancing: Age 4 Favorite Dance Memory: Going to Scotland to compete (twice!) and tour the sights with all my dance friends.  Fun Fact: My favorite food is ice cream even though I'm lactose intolerant. 

 

Emily Ritter

SoS Title: Choreographer/Dancer

Hometown: Fairway, KS

"Real Life" ID: Marketing Coordinator, Bloomsbury Publishing

Started Dancing: Age 4

Favorite Dance Memory: Going to Scotland to compete (twice!) and tour the sights with all my dance friends. 

Fun Fact: My favorite food is ice cream even though I'm lactose intolerant. 

  Annelise MacLeod SoS Title: Treasurer/Dancer Home Town: Beaver, PA "Real Life" I.D.: Community Health Advocate Age Started Dancing: 9 Favorite Dance Memory: Performing the Sword Dance at the Sewickley Light-Up Night in December and completing without kicking the sword, even with another dancer's sword crossed over mine and a headband that had fallen down to blindfold me! Fun Fact: I have studied Italian, French, German, Russian, and Spanish but really only remember how to order food (very important) and curse words.

 

Annelise MacLeod

SoS Title: Treasurer/Dancer

Home Town: Beaver, PA

"Real Life" I.D.: Community Health Advocate

Age Started Dancing: 9

Favorite Dance Memory: Performing the Sword Dance at the Sewickley Light-Up Night in December and completing without kicking the sword, even with another dancer's sword crossed over mine and a headband that had fallen down to blindfold me!

Fun Fact: I have studied Italian, French, German, Russian, and Spanish but really only remember how to order food (very important) and curse words.

  Rachel McPherson SoS Title: Dancer Hometown: Raleigh, NC "Real Life" I.D.: Social Media Strategy Age Started Dancing: 6 Favorite Dance Memory: That's so hard because there are just too many good memories over the years at the Jo Moore School and it's what lead me to join Shot of Scotch here in NY. I'll never forget my first trophy at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in NC, being able to travel with my family almost every weekend for highland games, summer dance camps, Nationals and travels to Scotland (including some very nauseous bus rides, sorry Mrs. McDougal). The friends I made, like Amanda Jones and Sarah McDaniel, and the memories with them giggling during class are priceless.  Fun Fact: My company just did a photo shoot highlighting some of their employees and I was featured in my kilt doing Scottish Highland Dancing. It'll run in PRWeek soon!

 

Rachel McPherson

SoS Title: Dancer

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

"Real Life" I.D.: Social Media Strategy

Age Started Dancing: 6

Favorite Dance Memory: That's so hard because there are just too many good memories over the years at the Jo Moore School and it's what lead me to join Shot of Scotch here in NY. I'll never forget my first trophy at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in NC, being able to travel with my family almost every weekend for highland games, summer dance camps, Nationals and travels to Scotland (including some very nauseous bus rides, sorry Mrs. McDougal). The friends I made, like Amanda Jones and Sarah McDaniel, and the memories with them giggling during class are priceless. 

Fun Fact: My company just did a photo shoot highlighting some of their employees and I was featured in my kilt doing Scottish Highland Dancing. It'll run in PRWeek soon!

  Libby Maylen SoS Title: Secretary/Dancer Hometown: Birmingham, Michigan "Real Life" ID: Contracts Assistant, Penguin Group USA Started Dancing: Age 6 Favorite Dance Memory: Winning my first (and only) trophy! My teacher wasn't at the competition so I called her during the car ride home. She was so excited for me that she spent the evening calling all of her family members to share my good news! Fun Fact: I spent several summers during and after college working on organic farms harvesting veggies and chasing pigs!

 

Libby Maylen

SoS Title: Secretary/Dancer

Hometown: Birmingham, Michigan

"Real Life" ID: Contracts Assistant, Penguin Group USA

Started Dancing: Age 6

Favorite Dance Memory: Winning my first (and only) trophy! My teacher wasn't at the competition so I called her during the car ride home. She was so excited for me that she spent the evening calling all of her family members to share my good news!

Fun Fact: I spent several summers during and after college working on organic farms harvesting veggies and chasing pigs!

  Anick Boyd SoS Title: Dancer Hometown: San Diego, California   "Real Life" ID: Ph.D. Candidate Started Dancing: Age 3   Favorite Dance Memory: Camping each year at the Costa Mesa Highland Games and waking up to the sound of pipes.   Fun Fact: I am bilingual, French and English!

 

Anick Boyd

SoS Title: Dancer

Hometown: San Diego, California
 
"Real Life" ID: Ph.D. Candidate

Started Dancing: Age 3
 
Favorite Dance Memory: Camping each year at the Costa Mesa Highland Games and waking up to the sound of pipes.
 
Fun Fact: I am bilingual, French and English!

  Marjorie Stewart SoS Title: Rehearsal Coordinator/Dancer Home Town: Middletown, NY "Real Life" I.D.: Paralegal at the Walt Disney Company Age Started Dancing: 4 Favorite Dance Memory: Spending a summer performing at the Surflight Theatre. A beach-side summer stock theater in Beach Haven, NJ on Long Beach Island (LBI) at the Jersey Shore. The season included the shows: Sweet Charity, Grand Hotel, Promises Promises, Pinocchio and The Sound of Music :-) Fun Fact: I ran away with the circus! I was a dancer in Ringling Bros.& Barnum and Baily Circus 125th Anniversary Tour and performed in 24 arenas in the US and lived on the circus train :-)

 

Marjorie Stewart

SoS Title: Rehearsal Coordinator/Dancer

Home Town: Middletown, NY

"Real Life" I.D.: Paralegal at the Walt Disney Company

Age Started Dancing: 4

Favorite Dance Memory: Spending a summer performing at the Surflight Theatre. A beach-side summer stock theater in Beach Haven, NJ on Long Beach Island (LBI) at the Jersey Shore. The season included the shows: Sweet Charity, Grand Hotel, Promises Promises, Pinocchio and The Sound of Music :-)

Fun Fact: I ran away with the circus! I was a dancer in Ringling Bros.& Barnum and Baily Circus 125th Anniversary Tour and performed in 24 arenas in the US and lived on the circus train :-)

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