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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 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

 
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.