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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

 
  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! 

 
  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!

 
  Christina McIldoon   SoS Title: Dancer  Hometown: Vancouver, BC  "Real life" ID: Senior Project Officer  Favorite highland dancing memory: Travelling all summer to compete in Highland games throughout BC and WA.    Random and mostly true fact: Will use any excuse to play dress up and can often be found in a costume of some sort.

Christina McIldoon

SoS Title: Dancer

Hometown: Vancouver, BC

"Real life" ID: Senior Project Officer

Favorite highland dancing memory: Travelling all summer to compete in Highland games throughout BC and WA. 

Random and mostly true fact: Will use any excuse to play dress up and can often be found in a costume of some sort.

 
  Alison Ward*    SoS Title: Vancouver branch Co-founder  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

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 

  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!)

 

 
  Katherine Gray   SoS Title: Dancer/Social Media Manager  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/Social Media Manager

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

 
  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!

 
  Jen Ellaway   SoS Title: Dancer  Hometown: Duncan, BC  "Real Life" ID: Executive Assistant  Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Dancing in a competition in rural Scotland with her Granny - a former Highland Dance teacher - helping her warm up.   Random and mostly true fact: She loves ghost stories so much that she tries to go on a ghost walk in every city she visits!

Jen Ellaway

SoS Title: Dancer

Hometown: Duncan, BC

"Real Life" ID: Executive Assistant

Favourite Highland Dance Memory: Dancing in a competition in rural Scotland with her Granny - a former Highland Dance teacher - helping her warm up. 

Random and mostly true fact: She loves ghost stories so much that she tries to go on a ghost walk in every city she visits!

 
  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 : Bassoonist  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: Bassoonist

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. 

 

 

     Myra Harrison   SoS Title: Assistant Choreographer/Assistant Rehearsal Coordinator   Hometown: Hamilton, ON  "Real Life" ID: Data Analyst  Age Started Dancing: Age 3  Favorite Dance Memory: It is a tie between the Tartan Day Parades where SOS performs on 6th Ave with schools from all over, and travelling with a previous dance team to perform in tattoos with other dance schools from around the world.  Fun Fact: any time I need a fun fact I use the fact that I am a highland dancer and perform in the full kilt outfit.

 

Myra Harrison

SoS Title: Assistant Choreographer/Assistant Rehearsal Coordinator

Hometown: Hamilton, ON

"Real Life" ID: Data Analyst

Age Started Dancing: Age 3

Favorite Dance Memory: It is a tie between the Tartan Day Parades where SOS performs on 6th Ave with schools from all over, and travelling with a previous dance team to perform in tattoos with other dance schools from around the world.

Fun Fact: any time I need a fun fact I use the fact that I am a highland dancer and perform in the full kilt outfit.

     Mariah Rust   SoS Title: Dancer   Hometown: St. Johnsbury, VT  "Real Life" ID: Undergraduate Student studying French Translation at Barnard College of Columbia University   Age Started dancing: Age 7  Favorite Dance memory: In 2017 I auditioned for the International Highland Dance Team for the Moscow Tattoo at Spasskaya Tower and I was chosen as one of 48 dancers from around the world to join this team. I was also the only American performer in the whole festival. I had the most amazing time getting to meet other Highland dancers and artists from around the world and I loved being able to share my passion for Highland dance with the people of Moscow and those watching internationally.   Fun Fact: In addition to studying, I have a job here in New York City. I get dressed up in stage makeup and costumes and give out discount flyers for Broadway shows to people in Times Square. 

 

Mariah Rust

SoS Title: Dancer

Hometown: St. Johnsbury, VT

"Real Life" ID: Undergraduate Student studying French Translation at Barnard College of Columbia University 

Age Started dancing: Age 7

Favorite Dance memory: In 2017 I auditioned for the International Highland Dance Team for the Moscow Tattoo at Spasskaya Tower and I was chosen as one of 48 dancers from around the world to join this team. I was also the only American performer in the whole festival. I had the most amazing time getting to meet other Highland dancers and artists from around the world and I loved being able to share my passion for Highland dance with the people of Moscow and those watching internationally. 

Fun Fact: In addition to studying, I have a job here in New York City. I get dressed up in stage makeup and costumes and give out discount flyers for Broadway shows to people in Times Square. 

     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!

     Marjorie Stewart   SoS Title: Rehearsal Coordinator/Dancer  Hometown: Middletown, NY  "Real Life" I.D.: Paralegal at the Walt Disney Company  Age Started Dancing: Age 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

Hometown: Middletown, NY

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

Age Started Dancing: Age 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 :-)

     Annelise MacLeod   SoS Title: Treasurer/Dancer  Hometown: Beaver, PA  "Real Life" I.D.: Community Health Advocate  Age Started Dancing: Age 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

Hometown: Beaver, PA

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

Age Started Dancing: Age 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.