Tattoo Dance Company 2022 Applications

Tattoo Dance Company Application 2022

Dance Director – Aileen Robertson

Applications are now being accepted for dancers to join the Tattoo Dance Company to perform in front of a live audience on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2022.   

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is seeking talented volunteer dancers from any organisation affiliated to the Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will take place from 5 -27 August 2022.  Successful applicants must arrive in Edinburgh no later than Friday 29 July 2022 for rehearsals prior to performances commencing.

Since its inception in 1950, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tatto has raised over £12m for charitable causes, including funds to bolster traditional Scottish music and dance across Scotland. As we look ahead to the 2022 season, we are delighted to welcome applicants from both new and returning volunteers to help us celebrate this momentous event and achieve this ambition.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will take place from 5 -27 August 2022.  Successful applicants must arrive in Edinburgh no later than Friday 29 July 2022 for rehearsals prior to performances commencing.

Who Should Apply

The 2022 Dance Team will comprise of dancers from any country affiliated to the Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing.

Applicants must be 18 years or over as at 1 July 2022 and must be of Premier standard which must be maintained throughout the year. Consideration may be given to Dancers age 16 and 17 years old.

What Would Be Required

Dancers must maintain a level of fitness to enable them to perform to a high standard.  Should you be selected, your Dance Teacher will be contacted to confirm your regular attendance at classes. 

All dancers are responsible for all travel costs both to and from Edinburgh.  Accommodation and meals will be provided for the duration of the Tattoo including rehearsals for all dancers.  

The dancers are under the direction of Aileen Robertson, Dance Director for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Tattoo Dance Company.  

Any dancers performing in the Tattoo Dance Company will be unable to compete at an event where the Dance Director is an Adjudicator for 3 months following the last performance on 27 August 2022.  The same rule will apply to any dancer(s) who are RSOBHD Adjudicators who may be performing as part of the Tattoo Dance Company.

How to Apply

All applications should be submitted to dance@edintattoo.co.uk no later than Friday 14 January 2022.  If you have any questions at all – relating to required performance standard, commitment required etc. - please contact Aileen on the above email address to discuss.

All UK based dancers will be invited to attend an audition which will be held in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Offices (3 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh) on Saturday 26 February 2022. Audition times will be allocated after the application closing date. 

All overseas dancers will be allocated a date to submit an online audition once their application has been received.

Auditions will also be held at the Marguerite Reid Memorial Workshop in Delco, Pennsylvania from 4-6 February 2022.  Any dancer wishing to audition in person at this event should indicate their intention on the application form.  Audition times will be allocated after the application closing date. 

Details of the audition will be sent out after the closing date.

Application form