Susan Nase is a tap dancer, singer, and Scottish highland dancer born and raised in Saskatoon SK. After a brief career as a chemical engineer in Calgary AB, Susan took her artistic talents to New York City in 2008 where she was selected to perform with 7 other world-class tap dancers in the US tour of "Thank You Gregory! A Tribute to the Legends of Tap" featuring Maurice Hines. During her 4-year stay in NYC she had the pleasure to perform with some of the city’s top choreographers, including 2015 MacAurthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, Max Pollak and his troupe Rumba Tap, and Fred Astaire Award winning Lisa LaTouche. Susan has traveled to international festivals in the France, Spain, Turkey, Italy, USA, Brazil and Greece to perform and study tap, world and body music and was a regular guest tap dancer with NYC based band, Banda Magda. She was featured in a video for www.congahead.com with Banda Magda, produced by Martin Cohen, founder of Latin Percussion (LP).
Susan was a competitive Highland dancer for over 15 years, competing at the provincial, national and world level championships and became a certified teacher with the SDTA in 1997. She is a co-founder of Shot of Scotch, a professional premier level Scottish highland dance performance troupe with branches in New York City and Vancouver. Under Susan’s Artistic Direction, Shot of Scotch Vancouver strives to create new, exciting, contemporary dance pieces while maintaining a high standard of technique, but also remaining true to the deep Scottish roots of the centuries old art form of Highland dance. Along with a strong technical background, Shot of Scotch Vancouver brings innovation, showmanship, and a love of sharing their passion for highland dancing to every event they're a part of. Susan has performed with Shot of Scotch at Lincoln Centre (NYC), at the IBMF (Paris, France), BC Multicultural Awards Galas, the BC Highland Games, SFU Diwali and countless other festivals, events and private functions. In 2015 a video of Shot of Scotch Vancouver collaborating with the Royal Academy of Bhangra gained much public attention going viral and reaching over 250 000 views in one week.
In addition to tap dance, Susan is an accomplished singer, having performed as a member of Bridges Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Bettina Sheppard at renowned New York venues including Carnegie Hall and New York City Center. Her current musical project is a duo of folk-style covers, original music and spoken word with Alison Lynn Ward.
As an arts educator, Susan regularly teaches beginner tap and highland dance classes and has presented many master dance and music workshops across Canada and the US.