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.

Chinese Dance Group
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Our Chinese Dance Group is a centre for dance excellence, which preserve the Chinese culture and traditions of the past and blend them with the present and future. Our aim is to promote traditional Chinese dance culture throughout Aberdeen. We are proud to teach classes for both children and adults covering a wide range of abilities. Chinese Dance includes: Chinese Classical Dance, Chinese Folk Dance,... SEE DETAILS »
Y Dance
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A collection of four new and exhilarating contemporary dance works created by guest choreographers Alan Greig, Hagit Yakira, Steven Martin and Theo Clinkard. The annual Project Y tour showcases the extraordinary talent of some of the UK’s best young contemporary dancers aged 16 to 21 upon completion of the four-week intensive dance training programme – the Project Y Performance Course. Project Y Have what it takes? Project Y... SEE DETAILS »
Fusion Youth Dance Team, (UK)
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Fusion is Citymoves’ Youth Dance Company for talented dancers, they regularly perform on stage and in unusual spaces and work with guest choreographers throughout the year. Click here for more information Or Email here to book: gemma.liminaldance@gmail.com    ... 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 »
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 »
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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