Teacher/owner of Kate E. Shaw School of Highland Dance.
Member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) and Scotdance Canada
Chris Piva started highland dance at the age of 4 under the direction of Kate E. Shaw. Chris being of Scottish heritage followed in her fathers and brothers footsteps joining the Trail Pipe Band at the age of 12. Although her family all played the drums, Chris chose to learn the bagpipes and played in the band for ten years.
Chris competed in many dance competitions throughout B.C. and the United States and has fond memories of dancing at Expo ’74 in Spokane, Washington. She performed her highland dancing in many communities while travelling with the pipe band. After being away from pipes and dancing for 10 years, she returned to Kate E. Shaw School of dance to take her two daughters to dance lessons. It was then that Mrs. Shaw asked her to take her teachers certificate so she had someone to help her with teaching.
In 1993, Chris took her teacher’s exam and became a member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) and is also a member of Scotdance Canada. Chris has ran the dance school since 2006 with Betty Cooper joining her in 2008.
Chris keeps the name Kate E. Shaw School of Highland Dance after her teacher, friend, mentor and hero. “Mrs. Shaw taught me the love of dance and I enjoy the opportunity to teach others and pass on the love of highland dance that Mrs. Shaw taught me, this is my goal in my class.”
Betty Cooper started dancing when she was just 8 years old, also under the instruction of Mrs. Shaw. She loved competing in any outdoor event and spent most of her competition years in Nelson, Cranbrook, Kelowna and Spokane.
Betty started teaching Highland Dance in Rossland in 2004 where she remained for 4 years before joining Chris in 2008.
When not teaching Highland, you can find Betty up in the mountains riding her bike, or skiing. Betty has been a skii instructor for 24 years, both in Whistler and Red Mountain in Rossland.
We are pleased to welcome Brittni to our amazing team of dancers and teachers. Brittni is the daughter of Chris Piva, and has been dancing since she was a wee lass. When not instructing the dancers, Brittni is a pre school teacher at the local Montessori School. Welcome Miss Brittni!
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