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SSS news / June 2017

Happy Summer! Over 45 students successfully completed RCM exams in the last two weeks. CONGRATULATIONS to you all! The examiner was blown away with how well prepared everyone was. BRAVO!

The September lesson weekly private lesson dates and times for each student will be coming out each day over the weekend. I am excited to introduce to you our wonderful new Suzuki teachers! Many of you will have one of them for a new teacher this fall. If you are with one of the new teachers then included in your lesson day/time email will be a photo and a Bio of them. Exciting!

I would like to tell you in THIS EMAIL about the new Step and Highland dance school that will be sharing a space with us and working with our new school. CELTIC ACCENTS DANCE. I recommend step classes and/or highland dance for all violin players (the step dancing is what our male guest from Ontario, at the Bella rose concert, Andrew Dawdychack did 😀) I have attached a link to “traditional highland dance” examples for you from the NSYA concert last friday evening. It is also very beautiful! Marla and Micayla will be teaching private lessons in both STEP and highland all week and there will be group lessons on Sunday afternoons / evenings. You can contact them at this email to set up lessons for September in our new School space. celticaccentsdance@gmail.com

Calliope House

Brochalaum

Meet Micayla and Marla

Marla MacInnis, Member, BATD

Marla has been an active member of Nova Scotia’s Highland Dance community for over 20 years. She has represented Nova Scotia at the Canadian Interprovincial Championships, danced as a member of Team Canada in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, performed with the RCMP Pipes, Drums and Dancers at Le Festival international de Musiques militaires de Québec, and has been selected as a member the International Highland Dance Team for the 2017 Kremlin Military Tattoo in Moscow, Russia, and the 2017 International Tattoo in Belgium. After performing locally in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo for 16 years, she became the co-director and co-choreographer of the show’s Highland Dance Team in 2016. Marla also recently founded Nova Scotia’s new Highland dance performance group, the Aisling Dancers. She is the former Artistic Director of the Amethyst Scottish Dancers of Nova Scotia and under her direction, the troupe won the Maritime BATD Festival Rosebowl 3 times. Marla was also awarded the Festival’s top Highland dance choreographer award 3 years in a row. Outside of the dance studio, Marla is a Media Relations Advisor with the Nova Scotia government.

Micayla Matthews, Associate, SDTA Micayla grew up in Cape Breton and began highland dancing at the age of five. Highland dancing was always a big part of her life; which included travelling to competitions and performances in Canada as well as internationally. Some of her greatest accomplishments as a highland dancer include representing Nova Scotia in Canadian Championships and being a finalist in the World Highland Dancing Championship in Scotland. She has also performed in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo and will be dancing in theInternationale Taptoe Belgie this October. Micayla has been a dance teacher for seven years and is a member of the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance. She also has a love for step dancing which has given her the opportunity to perform in events such as Celtic Colours and in Disney World, Florida. Outside of her dance life, Micayla is a Medical Laboratory Technologist in Blood Transfusion at the Halifax Infirmary, and will be pursuing a Bachelor of Health Science at Dalhousie in the fall.

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