Summer Courses

AIYF: Summer education courses for young people

One of the main aims of AIYF is to provide an accessible educational scheme where young artists from the North east and around the UK can come together in a creative environment to improve their skills.

Musicians and dancers are encouraged to come along and experience our workshops and master-classes, carried out each year by some of the best tutors from around Scotland and Europe.

We are committed to nurturing and encouraging talent across the arts sectors with varying abilities, so that young people can learn from being a part of the creative process.

We always run a variety of summer courses that young people can take part in. So come along and get involved in one of the world's foremost festivals of performing arts for young people.

Young SC&T - Traditional Music Course: 1st - 5th August 2016

Young SC&T is an exciting opportunity for children from P4 - P7 to participate in AIYF whilst developing and exploring their skills in traditional music. Learning from experienced tutors, the young talent will be engaged in a week-long series of intensive classes to help younger musicians extend their repertoires in Scottish Traditional Music. To qualify, young people should be able to play some simple tunes on an instrument. Course times are from 10am- 3pm.

To apply, please download the application form here: Young SC&T- Application Form 2016

The AIYF Traditional Music School: 1st- 5th August 2016

In 2016, AIYF is launching a new look Traditional Music School under the leadership of Sharon Hassan and the North East Folk Collective. The school is open to young people aged 11-18 and Grade 2+. The course aims to build on the success of both the previous Ceol Mor Big Band and Splore courses which the festival has led for the last decade.

With experienced professional tutors taking the lead, participants will have the opportunity to explore traditional music with a contemporary twist. They are encouraged to take influences from other genres and inspiration from the visiting international bands from the USA and Canada.

In a full programme of activity, young people will have the opportunity to develop their skills, learn new pieces and collaborate with others. In the evenings there will be opportunties to see other festival shows and meet the international groups. AIYF chaperones will be on hand throughout the week providing supervision for younger participants.

Day time rehearsals are typically from 10am - 4/5pm.

To apply, please download the application form here: Trad Music School- Application Form 2016

AIYF International Dance Lab: 29th July- 5th August 2016

AIYF is on the lookout for talented young dancers to take part in a dynamic summer dance project, with acclaimed Italian choregrapher Roberto Lori. The course focuses on collaborative work, and this year the dancers will be joined by members of the North East Folk Collective, an initiative formed in 2009 to encourage young people to embrace traditional music and song in the North East.

Together, the musicians and dancers will work with Roberto to produce a new piece which encompasses the poetry and energy of Scottish music. Participants in the course will have the opportunity to perform in AIYF's International Dance Gala at His Majesty's Theatre, as well as take part in the festival's Day of Dance event.

The course is aimed at dancers aged 14+ with experience of dance. The application requires you to submit a letter of recommendation from your dance school, and outlining your previous experience.

To apply, please download the application form here: International Dance Lab- Application Form 2016

Y Dance: Foundation Course 2016

Y Dance (Scottish Youth Dance) presents the 2016 Project Y Foundation Course: 25th - 29th July 2016.

Scotland's national dance organisation for children and young people returns to Citymoves Dance Agency this July with the annual Project Y Foundation Course for 12- 18 year olds. Participants who sign up for this week long dance course will have the opportunity to work with an experienced choreographer, develop their own choreographic ideas, strengthen their dance technique, create new work with a choreographer and perform in a professional theatre as part of a national tour- Project Y 2016.

All participants will get the chance to experience rehearsing and performing on stage, and are provided with a costume for the show.

The Project Y Foundation course is part of the national Project Y Tour and will perform at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen as part of AIYF.

Interested? More information is available as well as the online application on the YDance website: Click here