2014-15 Dance Year

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 shannonsdancers@gmail.com for more information.

Meghan - BC Closed Championship 5th Runner Up May 2015

Meghan – BC Closed Championship 5th Runner Up May 2015

SDTA Exam Awards April 2015

SDTA Exam Awards April 2015

Primary debut FVHDA Feb 2015

Primary debut FVHDA Feb 2015

Primary class at Artistic Edge

Primary class at Artistic Edge

Meaghan and Cooper a Christmas Cakewalk Dec 2014

Meaghan and Cooper a Christmas Cakewalk Dec 2014

Shannon's dancers - Christmas finale Dec 2014

Shannon’s dancers – Christmas finale Dec 2014

Mixing it up with Zumba - May 2015

Mixing it up with Zumba – May 2015

Disney week in the adult class - May 2015

Disney week in the adult class – May 2015

Fusion Fest Performance July 18, 2015

Fusion Fest Performance July 18, 2015

Fusion Fest Performance July 18, 2015

Fusion Fest Performance July 18, 2015

Highland Games – 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)

Shannon’s dancers at Bellingham Highland Games (June 7-8, 2015)

Some of Shannon's medal winners Bellingham Highland Games

Some of Shannon’s medal winners Bellingham Highland Games

Premier dancers Bellingham Highland Games

Premier dancers Bellingham Highland Games

Primary dancers BC Highland Games (Coquitlam) June 20, 2015

Primary dancers BC Highland Games (Coquitlam) June 20, 2015

Shannon's dancers Skagit Valley Highland Games July 11-12, 2015

Shannon’s dancers Skagit Valley Highland Games July 11-12, 2015

Intermediate dancers Skagit Valley Highland Games

Intermediate dancers Skagit Valley Highland Games

Ivy Primary dancer Skagit Valley Highland Games

Ivy Primary dancer
Skagit Valley Highland Games

Kelsey with her medals and Trophy Fling trophy

Kelsey with her medals and Trophy Fling trophy

Meghan Primer dancer Skagit Valley Highland Games

Meghan Primer dancer
Skagit Valley Highland Games

Studio Trip to Penticton

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??

Kasey Fling

Kasey Fling

Meghan Fling

Meghan Fling

Taylor sword

Taylor sword

Ashleigh Jig

Ashleigh Jig

The Birthday girls!

The Birthday girls!

Pizza fun for parents too

Pizza fun for parents too

Pizza party photo bomb!

Pizza party photo bomb!

Shannon's dancers at Loco Landing

Shannon’s dancers at Loco Landing

Ashleigh Go Carts

Ashleigh Go Carts

Chelsea and Elizabeth trying to cool off

Chelsea and Elizabeth trying to cool off

Gwynnevere

Gwynnevere

Taylor practicing her leaps at Loco Landing

Taylor practicing her leaps at Loco Landing

Pool at our hotel - Penticton Ramada

Pool at our hotel – Penticton Ramada

 

Whidbey Island Highland Games – August 9, 2014

Kasey doing a beautiful Earl of Errol

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

Shannon’s Dancers participating in a massed Fling

Shannon's Dancers!

Shannon’s Dancers!

Lizzy doing the Highland Fling

Lizzy doing the Highland Fling

Meghan and her long-legged leaps

Meghan and her long-legged leaps

Surrey’s Fusion Festival

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

One of our mother-daughter dance duos, Cleo and Bernadette

Kelsey, Gwynnevere and Meaghan dancing the Lilt

Kelsey, Gwynnevere and Meaghan dancing the Lilt

Teachers, Shannon, Shannon and Meghan dancing the Blue Bonnets

Teachers, Shannon, Shannon and Meghan dancing the Blue Bonnets

Our youngest dancers showing off their best Pas de basques

Our youngest dancers showing off their best Pas de basques

A final bow by all the dancers

A final bow by all the dancers

 

ScotDance Canadian Championship Series (SDCCS 2014) Competitions in Richmond

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

Shannon & Meghan dancing the Reel for BC

Kelsey & Meaghan

Kelsey & Meaghan

Broadsword Competition (our Meghan is in green)

Broadsword Competition (our Meghan is in green)

Elizabeth & Cleo

Elizabeth & Cleo

Chelsea

Chelsea

Daisy

Daisy

Meaghan with her teacher Meghan

Meaghan with her teacher Meghan

 

 

 

Shannon’s Dancers at the Highland Games

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

New Primary dancers at Bellingham Highland Games – June 2014

Our competitive dancers at Bellingham Highland Games

Our competitive dancers at Bellingham Highland Games

Cleo with her first trophy and move up into Novice 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

Kelsey & Elizabeth – bestest dance friends at Bellingham Highland Games

Cooper, Meaghan and Gwynnevere - Beginner 7 dancers at Skagit Valley Highland Games July 2014

Cooper, Meaghan and Gwynnevere – Beginner 7 dancers at Skagit Valley Highland Games July 2014

Meghan - Premiership Nationals at Skagit Valley Highland Games

Meghan – Premiership Nationals at Skagit Valley Highland Games

Kelsey Primary PDB at Skagit Valley Highland Games

Kelsey Primary PDB at Skagit Valley Highland Games

 

Delta Police Pipe Band

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.IMG_6642

Robbie Burns Delta Police

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.

Broadsword with Delta Police Pipeband

Cops for Cancer Fundraiser

Scotch on the Rocks with Delta Police Pipeband

 

Thank you Delta Police Pipe Band! Visit them at www.deltapolicepipeband.com.

 

 

Leap into the Holidays

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

Our Newest Dancers

We need a little Christmas

We need a little Christmas

Scotch on the Holiday Rocks

Scotch on the Holiday Rocks

Festive Adult Broadsword

Festive Adult Broadsword

Happy Holidays from Shannon's School of Highland Dance

Happy Holidays from Shannon’s School of Highland Dance

Have you been a good girl this year, Jess?

Have you been a good girl this year, Jess?

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas

 

Shannon’s Competitive Dancers

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

Kamloops March 22, 2014

Our newest highland dancers making their stage debut in February 2014 (FVHDA)

Our newest highland dancers making their stage debut in February 2014 (FVHDA)

FVHDA February 2014

FVHDA February 2014

Bellingham WA Feb. 15, 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!