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June 2017 – Auditions

Amethyst Scottish Dancers of Nova Scotia are pleased to announce upcoming auditions for the troupe. Elizabeth McCorkell instructs the highland dancers and is the Artistic Director of the troupe. Cindy Penney instructs the step dancers and works alongside Elizabeth to create exciting choreographies for our performances.

Auditions Sunday, June 11, 2017, 3:45-4:15 pm at the Bedford-Hammonds Plains Community Rec Centre (Innovation Road, Bedford). There is a $5 audition fee, payable on the day. If you are successful at audition, you are expected to attend an introductory class.

Junior Highland Troupe:dancers age 9-12 (as of August 31, 2017) who have reached Intermediate level or equivalent with knowledge of all Traditional and National dances.

Senior Highland Troupe:dancers age 13-25  (as of August 31, 2017) who have reached Premier level or equivalent with knowledge of all Traditional and National dances.

Step dance Troupe:dancers age 10-25 (as of August 31, 2017) with a minimum of three full years of step dancing lessons. Musicality, presentation, and clarity of beats will be very important.

All Amethyst dancers are required to attend weekly Highland or Step dance classes, in addition to attending regular Amethyst rehearsals which take place on Sunday afternoons. Please complete an audition form and email to amethystdancersns@gmail.com if you are interested in joining this exciting performance dance troupe.

Call For Auditions, Audition Form

September 2016 - New Artistic Director

The Amethyst Scottish Dancers of Nova Scotia are pleased to announce that Elizabeth McCorkell will be the Artistic Director and Highland dance instructor for the Junior and Senior Highland Troupes. Elizabeth has had many years of dance experience as both a Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance Professional Member in both Highland and Scottish Nationals and as a performer with additional experience in Ballet and Step dance. She has danced both competitively and as a member of several Highland dance troupes across Canada and in many other countries including Scotland, France, Belgium, USA, and China. She has had many incredible performance opportunities including international festivals, Tattoos and dancing for Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during their most recent visit to Nova Scotia. Elizabeth is currently the Co-Director of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo's Highland dance team, directs her own dance studio, McCorkell Academy of Highland Dance in Halifax, and plays snare drum with two local Pipes and Drums bands.

Welcome, Elizabeth!

September 2016 – Auditions

Amethyst Scottish Dancers of Nova Scotia are pleased to announce upcoming auditions for the troupe. Elizabeth McCorkell instructs the highland dancers and is the Artistic Director of the troupe. Cindy Penney instructs the step dancers and works alongside Elizabeth to create exciting choreographies for our performances.

Auditions Sunday, October 2, 2016, 2:00-3:00 pm at the Bedford-Hammonds Plains Community Rec Centre (Innovation Road, Bedford). There is a $5 audition fee, payable on the day. If you are successful at audition, you are expected to attend the 1.5 hour introductory class.

Junior Highland Troupe:dancers age 9-12 (as of August 31, 2016) who have reached Intermediate level or equivalent with knowledge of all Traditional and National dances.

Senior Highland Troupe:dancers age 13-25  (as of August 31, 2016) who have reached Premier level or equivalent with knowledge of all Traditional and National dances.

Step dance Troupe:dancers age 10-25 (as of August 31, 2016) with a minimum of three full years of step dancing lessons. Musicality, presentation, and clarity of beats will be very important.

All Amethyst dancers are required to attend weekly Highland or Step dance classes, in addition to attending regular Amethyst rehearsals which take place on Sunday afternoons. Please complete an audition form and email to amethystdancersns@gmail.com if you are interested in joining this exciting performance dance troupe.

Call For Auditions, Audition Form

August 2016 – CNE 2016

Amethyst Scottish Dancers of Nova Scotia are pleased to be in Toronto (ON) to perform at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) on August 19, 20, and 21, 2016. They will share Scottish culture through both traditional dances as well as modern choreographies. They will give audiences an exciting taste of Nova Scotia. They will be sharing the stage with other international performers, including: White Pine Dancers (Canadian First Nations), AKA Crescendo & MEGArock (Croatia), Arabesque (Middle East), Ukraina Dance Ensemble (Ukraine), and many others. We wish the Amethyst dancers all the best as they entertain the thousands of visitors to the CNE-2016.

June 2016

Amethyst Scottish Dancers of Nova Scotia recognize the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

Spring 2016 – Fundraising Campaigns

Fundraising Campaigns
The Amethyst Scottish Dancers of Nova Scotia would also like to thank everyone who supported our fundraising campaigns.

Gift Card Tree Fundraising Campaign:  Amethyst Scottish Dancers have been fundraising by selling tickets for a Gift Card Tree and the winning tickets were drawn on Sunday, May 1, 2016. The winners were:

  • Draw #1 ($350 in gift cards) was L. Melvin (Dartmouth NS)
  • Draw #2 ($100 in gift cards) was J. Banfield (Cole Harbour NS)

Amethyst 50-50 Ticket Campaigns: Amethyst Scottish Dancers have been fundraising by selling 50-50 tickets. The winners were:

  • May 8 50-50 Draw ($175 prize) was MT Bunt (Dartmouth NS)
  • May 15 50-50 Draw ($465 prize) was W. Munden (Herring Cove NS)
  • May 19 50-50 Draw ($135 prize) was S. Richards (Unity SK)
  • May 25 50-50 Draw ($500 prize) was E. Jamieson (Fall River NS)
  • June 2 50-50 Draw ($190 prize) was A. Coldwell (North Vancouver BC)
  • June 5 50-50 Draw ($500 prize) was R. Luedee (Hubley NS)
  • June 9 50-50 Draw ($500 prize) was R. MacDonald (Port Hood NS)
  • June 12 50-50 Draw ($335 prize) was P. Mansfield (Sydney Mines NS)

March 2016 – Local Scottish Dancers take Nova Scotia to National Exhibition

The Amethyst Scottish Dancers of NS will be taking their unique brand of highland and step dancing to the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto this summer. These talented dancers have been invited to the CNE to inject a boost of Nova Scotia’s vibrant culture into the performances. Amethyst has been delighting audiences worldwide for over 30 years. A troupe of highly trained highland and step dancers, aged 9-25, they blend traditional and contemporary choreography to give audiences an unforgettable show.

Throughout the troupe’s history, dancers have entertained tens of thousands, including Royalty, cruise ship passengers, and many more at conventions and performances at home and abroad. They will be wowing passengers on board the Queen Mary 2 for the third year in a row when she docks in Halifax this summer. Audiences are treated to lively music, exciting and innovative dancing and colourful costumes, often with their trademark Nova Scotia tartan.

If you would like to see these wonderful dancers perform, please contact them to book for your event. Various sponsorship opportunities are also available if you would like to support their trip to the CNE.

Email: amethystdancersns@gmail.com