Our dance school is based in Trail, B.C. and holds dance classes two days a week. It is open to everyone age 3 and up. The dance school aims to promote the art of Highland Dance by means of both teaching its pupils as well as performing to the public. We allow our parents to watch the classes, so they too can help their children suceed.
The students perform regularly for the public at fairs, charity events and community venues such as Poplar Ridge, Rosewood Village , Local 480 Seniors Christmas Dinner and the Trail Remembrance Day celebration, just to name a few. The dance school also holds examinations once a year through the British Association of Teachers of Highland Dance.
If you are interested in learning Highland Dance, would like our dancers to perform at your event, or would like to know more about our dance school and what we do, please click here to email us and we would be happy to answer any of your questions.
The Kate Shaw School of Highland Dance instructs and encourages every student to work hard to achieve their goals and potential, dance to the best of their ability, but most of all to have fun!
Kate E. Shaw was born in Nelson, B.C. in 1915. Five years later she was living in Trail, B.C. and studying highland dance. A short 10 years later, at the age of 15, she was teaching Highland Dance in our local communities of Trail, Castlegar, Nelson, Creston and Grand Forks. Mrs. Shaw continued to teach in this area for over 75 years.
Mrs. Shaw dedicated her life to the love of Highland Dance and to her students. She taught children of all ages, levels and abilities, and never turned away any individual who wanted to learn how to dance. Her students accomplished many national, as well as international, successes due to per patience, love and skills. Some of her students became teachers such as Chris Piva, Betty Cooper, Jaydeen Ashton, Judy Shaw, Brenda-Jones Cutler, Lori Kepke, Danne Mykietyn, Erin Welk and the list goes on.
Mrs. Shaw was the organizer of the Trail Caledonian Highland Games here in Trail held every May for over 40 years. She brought many dancers, judges and pipe bands to our area. The Trail Caledonian Society has since renamed their May highland dance competition the Kate E. Shaw Memorial Competition.
It is because of the commitment, the lifelong selfless and energetic commitment that Mrs. Shaw gave to Highland Dance that Chris Piva chose to keep the name Kate Shaw School of Highland Dance. Chris states that she will always make sure that Kate E. Shaw's legacy will live on through her students, some now teachers with their own students, in our community and in our Highland Dance environment. Kate E. Shaw's legacy will live on forever.