• Aurora Ball 2013. Sandy Nixon and his band kept us on our toes again this year on Saturday 25th May. You can still see the Programme here.
  • Burns Supper 2013. Not to be deterred by the raging snowstorm outside, Aurora and friends gathered at Newmachar to commemorate Rabbie Burns. A selection of photos from the evening can be found in our Burns Supper album.
  • We thought we’d have a ‘posh’ venue for a change, so the 2013 Away Weekend was held on February 8-10th at Burgie House near Forres. In keeping with the venue we decided to dress for dinner and hold a lively dance afterwards. You can see photos in our online album.
  • In August 2012 Aurora hosted a visit by the
    Groupe Folklorique du Pays de Hanau
    from Bouxwiller in Alsace. We loved their colourful costumes and lively performances when we made our trip to Alsace in 2011 and we were delighted when they accepted our invitation to perform in Aberdeen. The highlight of their visit was a ceilidh at the Forum on Friday 10th August.On Saturday 11th August shoppers at Union Square enjoyed performances which also featured displays of Scottish dancing by members of Aurora, accompanied by the Aurora ceilidh band.

    Sunday 12th August saw the group head to Crathes Castle where their performance attracted an appreciative audience.

  • As part of our Festival of Dance we held a Ceilidh Dance on Friday 10th August, with guest performances by our friends from Alsace, the Groupe Folklorique du Pays de Hanau. If you weren’t there, you missed a very special evening!

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    Groupe Folklorique du Pays de Hanau

  • Aurora Ball 2012. Once again our ball was held at the Ashdale Hall in Westhill, with Sandy Nixon’s Band providing lively music appropriate for a glittering evening when we all brought out our diamonds. You can still see the programme here.
  • stern polkaOur 2012 Burns Supper in Newmachar was well supported and we were delighted to welcome new faces who came to join in the fun. Congratulations to the creative team who came up with such an imaginative approach to piping in the haggis!

  • The Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival (IVFDF), the country’s longest continually running folk festival, came to Aberdeen in March 2012, when the Aurora Ceilidh Band provided the music for the Display Ceilidh. Full details are available on the IVFDF2012 website.
  • July 2011 saw Aurora travel to Imbsheim in Alsace, to perform in the annual ‘Portes Ouvertes’ festival.   See what we got up to on our trip!
  • The 2011 Aurora Ball on 28th May attracted an enthusiastic crowd of over 90 dancers. Sandy Nixon and his band treated us to some irresistible tunes, and everyone enjoyed the legendary Aurora puddings! You can see photos in our online album.
  • Our 2010 Ball held on 29th May at the Ashdale Hall in Westhill was a glittering evening graced by the presence of tiara-bedecked princesses and dashing princes.Thanks to the generosity of those who purchased raffle tickets, we were able to raise £160 to support the work of Aberdeen Street Pastors.
  • In the summer of 2009 Aurora dancers and musicians travelled to Odoorn in the Netherlands to take part in the 20th anniversary SIVO International Dance Festival along with dance groups from all over the world. You can watch a short clip from one of our performances, filmed by an enthusiastic fan of Scottish dance. There are also photos of the festival in our online album
  • The theme of our 2009 Ball was ‘homecoming’, with each table decorated to represent one of the countries which Aurora has visited, or the home country of an Aurora member, so the hall was full of colour! We chose to donate the proceeds of our raffle to the Archie Foundation in memory of Jenna Lane, a popular and vivacious member of Aurora. Thanks to the generosity of the dancers who attended, we were able to make a donation of £200 to this local charity.
  • Our dance writing competition in June 2008 attracted entries from ten Aurora members, who were inspired to create an impressive range of reels, jigs, strathspeys and medleys of an amazingly high standard. The dances submitted for the competition have now been published in the Aurora Second Book Scottish Country Dances, with copies now available from our online shop.
  • The 2008 Aurora Masked Ball on Saturday 24th May was a great success, with Sandy Nixon and his band creating a wonderful atmosphere. Our raffle in aid of CLAN raised an amazing £160!
  • Aurora was invited by our Belgian friends La Saltarelle to take part in the International Dance Festival ‘Macadanse’ at Wavre in August 2007. About 20 Aurora dancers and musicians travelled to the Wallonia region of Belgium to present a varied programme of traditional Scottish dance styles. See what we got up to on our trip by viewing the photos in our gallery
  • 11th Aurora Ball, 2nd June 2007
  • Dancing workshops led by Aurora members featured in the programme for the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2006, which brought together musicians, dancers and singers from both sides of the Atlantic
  • Aurora International Festival 2006
  • 10th Anniversary The Aurora Ball, 27th May 2006
  • Festival in Vatra Dornei, Romania, December 2004
  • Festival de folklore, Nimes, France, July 2004
  • September 2003: “Aurora” take centre stage at launch of Aberdeen University’s archive of James Scott Skinner’s music and dances
  • May 2003: Aurora takes part in video recording for James Scott Skinner Archive project
  • International Festival of Traditional Dance and Music, Aberdeenshire, July 2003
  • Volkskunstweek International Festival, Flanders, August 2002
  • Aurora International Festival, April 2001
  • International Festival, Basque Region, July 2000
  • International Festival, Sweden, 1998

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