Scottish Country Dancing

With a large dance floor and excellent viewing from the balconies, the Music Hall is an ideal location to watch dance groups compete. The Aberdeen and North East of Scotland Music Festival was formed in 1909 and the Dance Festival section from 1923. It was founded by Standford Terry, Professor of History at Aberdeen University to encourage music-making and performance in the North-East of Scotland. Its motto is “Not to gain a prize but to pace one another on the road to excellence”. In its heydays in the 1950s, there were up to 24 different entries in 29 classes for both adults and children. In 1951 the Festival Miss Milligan was an adjudicator. Miss Milligan, along with Mrs Stewart, was one of the founders of the RSCDS (Royal Scottish Country Dance Society). RSCDS Aberdeen Branch also held dances and balls in the Music Hall during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and in 2014 held a Commonwealth Ceilidh which was an International event that took place on 14th June to coincide with the Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow.

Courtesy RSCDS Aberdeen Branch


June 2014