About Aurora



Founded in 1996, Aurora is a group of dancers and musicians based in and around Aberdeen, Scotland, who share an interest in traditional Scottish dance and music. We dance and play music for fun, at social occasions and performances, in Scotland and abroad.

Aurora on stage in Bogliasco, Italy, August 2013
Aurora on stage in Bogliasco, Italy, August 2013

Dancing and music

Classes are currently cancelled, in line with government advice – watch this space once we return to normality!

As classes are not looking like they will resume in the near future, we are working on a number of ways of meeting well within the guidelines.

We will continue with the plans for the May Ball 2022.

Before all this, Aurora meets each week for social dancing. We welcome beginners and experienced dancers and musicians. We provide basic tuition in Scottish traditional dances so even if you’ve never danced before please come along and “have a go”. The highlight of our year is the Aurora Ball and we regularly organise a variety of other social events. In 2006 we celebrated our 10th anniversary with the publication of a book of Scottish Country dances and in early 2009 published our Second Book of Scottish Country Dances. A third book followed in 2016, to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Copies of all our dance books can be purchased via this website.

Performances and ceilidhs

Aurora performs and teaches traditional Scottish Country set dances, Highland and Ceilidh dances and are both experienced (regularly performing locally and internationally) and enthusiastic. Our expert team of dancers and musicians can bring a lively touch of Scottish tradition to any event. The Aurora Ceilidh Band is renowned for excellent music, interesting dances and fantastic dance callers. If you are planning a ceilidh party, festival or conference, please contact us to enquire about booking Aurora.

Committee members

President: Gillian Mackintosh
Vice President: Diane Lamb
Secretary: Elly Macdonald
Treasurer: Ian Lamb
Membership Secretary: Diane Lamb
Committee Members: Alexis Craig, Liz Ferguson-Jones, Elaine Fitzgerald,  Graeme Nesham and Richard Temple.

Aurora observes an equal opportunities policy.