The 2014-15 dance year was filled with indoor competitions, exams, Christmas, Robbie Burns, St. Patrick’s Day, & Fusion Festival performances, Zumba and Highland Games. We’re so proud of the improvements and growth of all our dancers over the last year and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish in the future! Thanks for another great year!
New classes start Saturday, September 12, 2015. We are accepting new dancers age 4+ (including adults). Please email email@example.com for more information.
Meghan – BC Closed Championship 5th Runner Up May 2015
SDTA Exam Awards April 2015
Primary debut FVHDA Feb 2015
Primary class at Artistic Edge
Meaghan and Cooper a Christmas Cakewalk Dec 2014
Shannon’s dancers – Christmas finale Dec 2014
Mixing it up with Zumba – May 2015
Disney week in the adult class – May 2015
Fusion Fest Performance July 18, 2015
Fusion Fest Performance July 18, 2015
Many of our dancers and their families enjoy spending their summers travelling to and competing at various Highland Games throughout the Pacific Northwest. Many of us start with the Bellingham Highland Games at the beginning of June, and continue through the summer with the BC Highland Games (Coquitlam), Penticton Scottish Festival, Skagit Valley Highland Games, Kamloops Highland Games, Seattle Highland Games and Whidbey Island Highland Games. Some of our families are even travelling to Montana, Spokane and California to compete this summer!
Here are some highlights from the Highland Games so far this summer.
Shannon’s dancers at Bellingham Highland Games (June 7-8, 2015)
Some of Shannon’s medal winners Bellingham Highland Games
Premier dancers Bellingham Highland Games
Primary dancers BC Highland Games (Coquitlam) June 20, 2015
Shannon’s dancers Skagit Valley Highland Games July 11-12, 2015
Intermediate dancers Skagit Valley Highland Games
Ivy Primary dancer
Skagit Valley Highland Games
Kelsey with her medals and Trophy Fling trophy
Meghan Primer dancer
Skagit Valley Highland Games
Over the last few years, our studio has been striving to take part in a group trip. This year we decided it was time! Fifteen dance families travelled to Penticton together this July (July 3-5, 2015). Our main goal was to compete in the Penticton Scottish Festival and despite temperatures that soared close to 40°C, almost all 20 of our competitors placed in the top half of their classes!
The rest of the weekend was spent BBQing, enjoying the pool, trips to the beach, and an outing to Loco Landing Adventure Park.
It was a fantastic weekend, with great people, and well worth the wait. Where should we go next??
The Birthday girls!
Pizza fun for parents too
Pizza party photo bomb!
Shannon’s dancers at Loco Landing
Ashleigh Go Carts
Chelsea and Elizabeth trying to cool off
Taylor practicing her leaps at Loco Landing
Pool at our hotel – Penticton Ramada
Kasey doing a beautiful Earl of Errol
Once again some of our group (12 dancers in total) went down to the Whidbey Island Highland Games and had so much fun! Greenbank Farm on Whidbey Island is such a beautiful setting for a Highland event and makes for an amazing place to dance!
Everyone who competed danced very well and came away with a medal. A special congratulations to Kelsey who won three 1st and a 2nd in her last Primary competition and to Kasey and Meghan who both placed in tough Premier competitions.
And although the dancing was fun, several families camped at Fort Casey for the weekend and spent the weekend laughing, eating, playing and exploring with friends! While others of us enjoyed the comfort of hotels, hotel pools and restaurants. Either way, it was an amazing weekend away with a great group of dancers and their families!
Shannon’s Dancers participating in a massed Fling
Lizzy doing the Highland Fling
Meghan and her long-legged leaps
Shannon’s Dancers performed on the Community Stage at Surrey’s Fusion Festival (July 19-20, 2014), Surrey’s ultimate celebration of food, music and culture. We were proud to be part of this award-winning event and had a great time dancing for a large, diverse audience!
One of our mother-daughter dance duos, Cleo and Bernadette
Kelsey, Gwynnevere and Meaghan dancing the Lilt
Teachers, Shannon, Shannon and Meghan dancing the Blue Bonnets
Our youngest dancers showing off their best Pas de basques
A final bow by all the dancers
The ScotDance Canadian Championship Series competitions (aka Canadian Championships) were held at the Richmond Oval July 2-6, 2014. These are the largest highland dance competitions in the world and are only held in BC once every six years or so. All of our competitive dancers practiced hard and felt honored to be a part of these competitions. Classes were as large as 23 dancers and were made up of dancers from all over North America and even Scotland. I am proud to say that most of our dancers came away with at least one medal from this competition, a hard-earned reward for the countless number of hours they spent practicing over the last few months.
Two of our Premier dancers, Shannon and Meghan got to be part of the “Reel for BC”, a special dance choreographed by Heather Jolley for the Opening Ceremonies. Over 150 Premier dancers danced in this Reel. It was an amazing experience and Shannon and Meghan were proud to be part of it.
Shannon & Meghan dancing the Reel for BC
Kelsey & Meaghan
Broadsword Competition (our Meghan is in green)
Elizabeth & Cleo
Meaghan with her teacher Meghan
Locally, Highland Games start in May and run through August. Some of our favourites are Bellingham, Coquitlam (BC), Skagit Valley, Portland, Enumclaw (Seattle) and a new favourite, Whidbey Island. Check out our dancers enjoying the 2014 Highland Games!
New Primary dancers at Bellingham Highland Games – June 2014
Our competitive dancers at Bellingham Highland Games
Cleo with her first trophy and move up into Novice at Bellingham Highland Games
Kelsey & Elizabeth – bestest dance friends at Bellingham Highland Games
Cooper, Meaghan and Gwynnevere – Beginner 7 dancers at Skagit Valley Highland Games July 2014
Meghan – Premiership Nationals at Skagit Valley Highland Games
Kelsey Primary PDB at Skagit Valley Highland Games
This year, some of Shannon’s Dancers had the opportunity to perform with the world famous Delta Police Pipe Band, TWICE!
In January we performed with the Delta Police Pipe Band at their Robbie Burns celebrations (the largest in BC). What an experience! The performance was amazing and the whole experience was so much fun.
Earlier this fall, we danced with the pipe band at a Cops for Cancer fundraiser in Surrey. What an honour! And what a fantastic cause to be involved in.
Thank you Delta Police Pipe Band! Visit them at www.deltapolicepipeband.com.
In early December, Shannon’s Dancers celebrated the Christmas holidays with 100 of our closest friends and family. We all squeezed into Tynehead Community Hall to watch some festive dancing and share some delicious treats. We Reeled to Jinglebell Rock; danced the sword to Six White Boomers, and Flung to Feliz Navidad. Although we were a little squished, a great time was had by all, especially with our Rudolph dancer buns!
Our Newest Dancers
We need a little Christmas
Scotch on the Holiday Rocks
Festive Adult Broadsword
Happy Holidays from Shannon’s School of Highland Dance
Have you been a good girl this year, Jess?
Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas
The majority of Shannon’s Dancers challenge themselves in at least one competition annually. In fact, most of them compete in five to ten competitions annually, with many of them travelling all around the Pacific northwest.
Kamloops March 22, 2014
Our newest highland dancers making their stage debut in February 2014 (FVHDA)
FVHDA February 2014
Bellingham WA Feb. 15, 2014
In the 2013-2014 dance year, Shannon’s Dancers have already competed in three Fraser Valley Highland Dance Association and BC Highland Dance Association closed competitions and annual open competition. They have travelled down to Bellingham WA to compete in the “Reel” competition in October, and the Pacific Northwest Championships and competition in February, and some even travelled to the Western Canadian Championships hosted by the Interior Highland Dance Association in Kamloops March 22-23, 2014.Shannon’s Dancers have worked very hard this year, often placing in the top third of their classes, and even moving up to the next competitive class.
As we move into the late spring and summer, we get to say good-bye to the indoor competition and hello to the outdoor games! Most of our dancers will dance into July competing at the Bellingham Highland Games, BC Highland Games, Skagit Valley Highland Games, Portland Highland Games, and Whidbey Island Highland Games. Furthermore, the Canadian Championships are being held in Richmond, BC at the beginning of July, 2014. Participating in these competitions so close to home is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our dancers, and most of them have already entered to compete. What an experience for them!!
I’d like to congratulate Meaghan, Cleo and Amanda for the amazing growth they’ve shown in only a few short months; Daisy, Chelsea, and Jessica for moving into Intermediate and all their hard work in preparing for Premier, and everyone else for their dedication to dance over the last few months. And we look forward to introducing Shannon’s newest highland dancers in Bellingham in June. Watch out Highland world, a new generation of highland dancers is about to be born!