Dance lovers in East Ayrshire have again been treated to a spectacular extravaganza of the very best of dance from well over 30 local schools, community groups and private dance schools.
They took part in Dance Fest 2018, held over three nights at Kilmarnock’s Grand Hall and Palace Theatre and played to a packed house each night. Now in its eighth year, Dance Fest has grown year on year grown to be the premier schools dance event in East Ayrshire – and this year saw some 700 young people taking part, from primary, secondary, Special Educational Needs and private dance schools, with community dance groups also well represented. It featured a wide range of different dance styles and musical tastes, including theatre, ballet, street, jazz, jive, hip-hop, Indian, parkour and freestyle. Joanne Allison from East Ayrshire Council’s Creative Minds Team produced the show and said: “An incredible amount of hard work, determination and a lot of time has gone into each and every performance, on stage and in many, many rehearsals. “It’s been a fantastic success and I would like to thank absolutely everyone who has supported us, contributed their time and effort to Dance Fest 2018. We’re already looking ahead to 2019!” Fiona Campbell, East Ayrshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Skills and Learning said: “The positive feedback from last year’s Dance Fest was incredible and I wondered then how it could be bettered in 2018. “Well, the pupils and organisers have done it, as this year’s show was truly something special – what a wealth of talent we have! “Our amazing pupils have truly excelled themselves with rousing routines, magnificent moves and some delightful, dazzling dancing – wow!” Linda McAulay Griffiths, East Ayrshire Council’s Head of Education added: “What an fabulous show, just brilliant from start to finish! “Within all our schools, we place particular value on developing the whole child, offering a wide choice of academic subjects, balanced with a firm commitment to the wider personal, health, wellbeing and educational aspects of a child’s education. “Participation in culture, arts and dance are encouraged and I’m overjoyed so many young people have worked so hard and diligently to give us three stunning nights of true dance magic!” See more images from this fantastic event on the Council’s Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/east-ayrshire/albums/with/72157689465625190