DANCE lovers 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, with around 700 young people taking part.

Primary, secondary, special educational needs and private dance schools were involved, with community dance groups also well represented.

Joanne Allison from East Ayrshire Council's Creative Minds Team, who produced the show, 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."

Cumnock and Doon Valley schools taking part — Primary: Barshare, Bellsbank, Dalmellington, Little Mill, Patna and St Xavier's.

Academies: Auchinleck, Doon and St Joseph's.