The MacCulloch Dancers

2024, Inductee

In 1954 the late Rae MacCulloch started the MacCulloch School of Dancing. Their first performance was at St. Andrew’s Day concert at St. Finnan’s Church Hall in Alexandria. They were invited by Father John MacPhail and were an instant success. Within a short time they became known as the MacCulloch Dancers.

Their first major performance was in 1972 when they accompanied The Glengarry Pipe Band to their tour of Scotland. Following an audition, they performed with Magic Tom (CFCF-TV) in Montreal. They also danced their way on CJOH Ottawa, including the Willy and Floyd Talent Show, Home Grown Café, and Regional Contact. With Max Keeping as MC they performed at the Glengarry Tonight Show at the National Arts Centre. The MacCulloch Dancers represented Canada during the 1976 USA Bicentennial Celebrations in Washington, Pasadena, San Francisco and New Orleans.

The Scotch-based Breath of Scotland Canadian Tour highlighted the Dancers when they performed throughout Ontario for a number of years. This group of high school and university students had much success on the international stage. They have represented Canada and Glengarry in Walt Disney World five times. They were the host group for Worldfest Cornwall for many years as well as fests in Tennessee, Idaho, Utah, Puerto Rico, The Republic of China, Mexico, Belgium, Bulgaria, The Netherlands, France, Russia, and Hungary.

In August 2006 and again in 2013, along with the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band of Ottawa, the MacCulloch Dancers had the special honour of performing for Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

Who can forget when Rae MacCulloch led 505 current and former students of Highland and Step Dancing in a mass performance at the Glengarry Highland Games which set a new Guinness World Record! This also produced one of the best ever pictures in the Glengarry News.

Many local bands accompanied the MacCulloch Dancers such as The Brigadoons, Sixmilecross, The Clansmen, The Glengarry Pipe Band, The Old Time Fiddlers, Father MacPhail, Pipe Major J.T. MacKenzie, Jim Forbes, Ashley MacLeod, Bruce McCuaig, Carmal MacDonald, Ron Clare, Shelly Downing and George Muggleton.

The MacCulloch Dancers have volunteered their time and talent at countless events throughout the years and are a testament as to why they are inducted into the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame.

The MacCulloch Dancers

Inducted in 2024

Category:   Dancers, Performers, Teachers