Want to learn how to Highland Dance?

Adult Recreational Classes in Vancouver

Are you an adult that has always wanted to try Highland dancing?  Or maybe you danced in your youth and would like to restart for fitness and fun? 

Susan Nase, our Vancouver Artistic Director and founding member offers private and group Scottish Highland dance classes for recreational adults and absolute beginners! Susan is a certified highland dance teacher through the SDTA (Scottish Dance Teachers' Alliance.) Starting her highland dance career at the age of 9, she went on to compete at the international level. While living in New York City in 2011, Susan co-founded Shot of Scotch NYC and upon moving to Vancouver in 2012, co-founded the new branch in her home country of Canada.

The classes are kept small to give each student ample attention, growth opportunity and individual challenges.  The focus is on FUN, fitness, technique and learning about the traditions of highland dance. Each class includes a full warmup, barre and strengthening work, technique, new material as well as a full cool down. For those returning to highland dance after a break, these classes are a great way to get back into the swing of things without the pressure of competition, or risk of serious injury from too much intensity too soon.


Ongoing Sunday classes are held Sept - June at Broadway Ballroom (1050 West Broadway)

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.

Private and semi-private lessons are also available. 


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

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

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 summer SoS Van teachers and drop-in to the classes that work with your summer schedule!

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 drop-in for $20/class!

Pre-registration and pro-rated 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.

Rotating Summer Schedule of Teachers:


Jul 11 - Shannon Cressey

Jul 18 - Katherine Gray

Jul 25 - Shannon Cressey

Aug 1 - Shannon Cressey

Aug 8 - Katherine Gray

Aug 15 - Susan Nase

Aug 22 - Susan Nase

Aug 29 - Shannon Cressey


Jul 9 - Katherine Gray

Jul 16 - Susan Nase

Jul 23 - Katherine Gray

Jul 30 - Susan Nase

Aug 6 - Susan Nase

Aug 13 - Katherine Gray

Aug 20 - Shannon Cressey

Aug 27 - Shannon Cressey



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? No experience is necessary! Next Fall we will 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.

CONTACT US for more info.

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Katherine Gray

Katherine started dancing at 5 years old, and hasn’t stopped pas de basque-ing since. Through her childhood and teen years, she danced in Kamloops and competed at a championship level. She received her SDTA teaching certificate and has taught highland, tap and fitness classes. Since moving to Vancouver to attend UBC, she has been dancing for Shot of Scotch Vancouver. She loves being a full company member as well as the social media coordinator for an amazing group of dancers.