The Dance Gala is the festival’s premier event for choreography and is a celebration of the diverse dance groups who participate in the festival. Performing this year are the National Dance Company Wales Associates, solo ballerina Julianne Ramsay (USA), Elbrus Circassian Dance Troupe (Jordan), Dance Africa (Ghana) and Seed Dance (Malta). Local performers include Fusion Youth Dance Company, Aberdeen Academy of Dance and Hip Hop Scotland who all hail from the North East. Audiences can expect an eclectic mix of traditional routines as well as some inspiring contemporary dance. There will also be a chance to see the final piece of work created by Italian choreographer Roberto Lori for the International Dance Lab course, which runs during the festival in partnership with the North East Folk Collective.