Performers

AIYF welcomes a range of dance companies this year, all with varying styles. From classical ballet to traditional and contemporary dance, the groups performing provide an impressive range and energy to the festival.

Y Dance
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YDance presents Project Y YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) is the National Dance Organisation for children and young people in Scotland. Each year since 2006, the Project Y company has brought together 24 talented young dancers aged 16 to 21 and given them a unique opportunity to work with top professional choreographers over four weeks to develop their talent and create new work. The 2017 tour features four... SEE DETAILS »
Fusion Youth Dance Team, (UK)
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Fusion Youth Dance Team are a performance group based in Aberdeen that have performed at various dance events such as DanceLive and U.Dance London. The group is formed through annual auditions helping them to develop talented dancers in contemporary style dancing ranging from 13-18 year olds. Click here for more information  ... SEE DETAILS »
Akwaaba Dance Ensemble, (Ghana)
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The Akwaaba Ensemble brings West African drumming and dance to vivid life, holding sway with the rich and subtle rhythmic patterns and styles specific to different tribal groups of West Africa. The Akwaaba Ensemble’s energetic and engaging performances are a reflection of their name, which means ‘welcome’ in the Twi language of the Ashanti tribe of Ghana. At each performance the Ensemble brings Highlife music, West... SEE DETAILS »
KalaSangam Indian Dance Group (UK)
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KalaSangam is a local Dance team that focus on classical and ancient Indian dance - Kathak. Kathak is believed to have originated by the travelling bards of ancient Northern India, known as the Kathakars or story-tellers. Wandering Kathakars communicated stories from great epics and ancient mythology through dance, songs and music. Over time Kathak evolved into a distinct dance form with graceful twirls, breath-taking footwork and... SEE DETAILS »
The Aberdeen Academy of Dance, (UK)
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The Aberdeen Academy of Dance is a local dance school run by Sarah MacNay. The girls dancing in the Youth Festival this year are aged 10 to 15. They perform together regularly and spend a lot of time in choreography class, developing their own repertoire, some of which can be seen on stage this year. The girls take classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and... SEE DETAILS »
Ballet Baabanaa, (Senegal)
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The ensemble "Ballet Baabanaa" from Dakar, Senegal was founded in 1975 and is led by artistic director Madiou Sylly. This "culture group" is composed of percussionists and dancers with one common love: the promotion of the Senegalese folk. Ballet Baabanaa are bringing their group of talented dancers and dynamic drummers to AIYF as a starting point to take their choreography and performances around the world! They have... SEE DETAILS »
YDance (UK)
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YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) is the national dance organisation for children and young people in Scotland. YDance works through key partnerships in education, culture, health and sport, to provide a range of high-quality dance experiences across three main areas of work – Talent Development, Education, and Access and Participation. Click here for more information Picture Credit: Paul Watt... SEE DETAILS »
Nkrabea Dance Ensemble (Ghana)
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Nkrabea Dance Ensemble are producers of African traditional drumming and dancing. They perform African traditional dances, Contemporary dances, Folk Music, Fire Eating and Acrobatic Display. Their objective is to educate and entertain the world through African culture. They have participated in various International Folklore Festivals around the world including Scotland, England, Malaysia, Tokyo, Benin, Ghana and many more. Click here for more information [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCv2tvMYX6c[/embed]... SEE DETAILS »
Ruciteme Karyenda Culture de Buyenzi (Burundi)
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This group are a benevolent association doing its activities in the national area of Burundi as well as international ones. Their aim is to bring Burundian culture known everywhere to anyone. Ruciteme believe that drumming it is a tremendous form of communication and a sign of national unity. Ruciteme Karyenda Culture de Buyenzi has been a bridge to convey a positive message by sustaining the tradition of... SEE DETAILS »
Djormo Dance (Ghana)
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Djormo Dance Group is a traditional folk percussion group who was formed in 2004 and are made up of 50 versatile professionals from across West Africa. It's their mission is to enrich African culture heritage through drumming, dancing and singing. Their outstanding performance had won them both local and international press review. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEFaTO2t7_o[/embed]... SEE DETAILS »
Dance Studio Light (Czech Republic)
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Dance Studio Light makes contemporary dance theatre and creates performances through community theatre to connect professional artistic creation with pedagogical work. Dance Studio Light looks to promote alternative teaching methods using arts as a means of upbringing and education of children and youth. They carry out projects with international elements and create performances through social projects. Click here for more information Dance Studio Light's Youtube Channel... SEE DETAILS »
Company Wokpemi – Cherub’s of Africa (Ivory Coast, West Africa)
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‘Wokpemi’ means 'he who dances' Cherubs’s of Africa is the Hip Hop section of the company Wopkpemi composed of young dancers recruited from the street. Cherubs of Africa is synonymous to their source of inspiration and strength of God. Click here to find out more... SEE DETAILS »
Abangane Arts (Zimbabwe)
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Abangane unpacks a dynamic celebration of African life through music and dance, complimented by colourful costumes and a wide range of percussion and African drums, which highlight the culture of Africa.  15 energetic dancers combine their voices in harmony with rhythmic dances to offer spectacular show. Click here for more information [embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06XzHRQY3AA[/embed]... SEE DETAILS »
Y Dance: Project Y (UK)
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The Project Y Foundation Course is a week-long dance course and performance opportunity for dancers aged 12 to 18 in Scotland. This year the course will run at Citymoves Dance Agency in Aberdeen, as part of AIYF. Dancers get the chance to create a new dance piece with a choreographer to be showcased at The Lemon Tree theatre as the opening performance of the Project Y... SEE DETAILS »

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