This week our #DUDanceChallenge has been set by Meseret in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Want to give it a go, then check out the step-by-step guide below.

Don’t forget to share your moves on social media with the hashtag #DUDanceChallenge.

Find us on social media:

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Step-by-Step guide DU Dance Challenge 17

A huge thank you to our funders at BBC Children in Need and partners Barnardos NI for enabling us to produce this dance film project being screened at Belfast Children’s Festival this week.

More info  bit.ly/3r5l0H6

2021 marks the tenth year of DU Dance NI Youth Engagement project- Sutemos based in Dungannon.

We met virtually with members old and new to mark the achievement.

It has been a fantastic 10 years and we look forward to 10 more. Check out our recap of some of our favourites moments.

This week we are in Wales with Rachel from National Youth Arts, Wales who has set us this week’s #DUDanceChallenge

Want to give it a go, then check out the step-by-step guide below.

Don’t forget to share your moves on social media with the hashtag #DUDanceChallenge.

Find us on social media:

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Step-by-step guide Week 16

This week our #DUDanceChallenge has been set by Tori from One Dance UK with an upbeat disco challenge just for you.

Want to give it a go, then check out the step-by-step guide below.

Don’t forget to share your moves on social media with the hashtag #DUDanceChallenge.

Find us on social media:

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Step-by-step Guide Week 15

We are travelling to warmer climates this week for our #DUDanceChallenge, all the way to South Africa with a challenge set by Mira.

Want to give it a go, then check out the step-by-step guide below.

Don’t forget to share your moves on social media with the hashtag #DUDanceChallenge.

Find us on social media:

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Step-by-step Guide Week 14

We are delighted to present Through Our Eyes, the result of a three-year project with groups of young carers across Northern Ireland, in partnership with Barnardo’s NI as part of Young At Art’s 2021 Belfast Children’s Festival. This series of five short films, shot at stunning locations, recognise and give voice and emotional expression to young carers, raising awareness of some of the issues they face

The film will premiere online via QFT Player on Friday 5th March at 6.30pm and run on demand throughout the festival. For more information https://www.youngatart.co.uk/whats-on/through-our-eyes

U. DANCE 2021 applications OPEN NOW for the national youth dance festival which will take place online 16-18 July 2021.

U.Dance is the national programme of events offering high quality dance opportunities to young people. Each year, our nation’s young dancers can experience the thrill of creating, learning and performing dance. 

DU Dance (NI) as a regional partner organisation are inviting applications from across the island of Ireland with a submission deadline of 31st March 2021. Film a creative dance piece observing the current restrictions, or send in a recording of a piece created in the last 12 months.

How do I apply?

To be eligible for a place at U.Dance 2021 groups will need to: 

  • Include dancers aged 11 to 19 years on 31 July 2021 (disabled dancers aged up to and including 25 can apply) 
  • Work within Covid-19 guidance that is appropriate for your setting
  • Be based in the UK/ Ireland and involve dancers who live in the UK / Ireland 
  • Submit a dance piece, on film, of 2 to 7 minutes in duration, to your Regional Platform organizer – DU Dance (NI) via email info@dudanceni.com

Not sure of what to enter? Some examples of acceptable entries include:
 

  • A dance film featuring dancers recording sections remotely and edited together
  • A piece created and filmed pre-lockdown in a studio or theatre which has not been widely showcased
     
  • A solo entry

We welcome entries filmed on mobile phone, tablet, or professional equipment. See below for some helpful webinars which may assist your entry.

One Dance UK and all U.Dance Regional Partners are committed to helping you and your young dancers make the most of U.Dance during this difficult period. We want applications to best reflect the commitment and creativity of your work. It can be daunting creating, recording and editing a piece for film, and we want groups from a variety of settings to take part: 

  • School groups 
  • Youth dance companies 
  • Private dance schools 
  • Individuals 

All are welcome, and you may find working towards a performance opportunity like U.Dance will provide a welcome sense of achievement for your dancers. 

To support groups with their digital applications, we encourage you to watch the below Upskilling Webinars with dance film experts free of charge. These were filmed in December 2020 with a particular focus on dance for children and young people: 

  • Filming Dance for Stage with Craig Bush (previously worked with Birmingham Royal Ballet, New Adventures and Rambert School) 
  • Filming Dance for Screen with Jo Cork (The Place, Studio Wayne McGregor, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company)  

DU Dance Challenge 17

Step-by-step guide to Meseret from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia #DUDanceChallenge.

Remember to share your moves with the hashtag #DUDanceChallenge

DU Dance Challenge 16

Step-by-step guide to Rachel from National Youth Arts Wales #DUDanceChallenge.

Remember to share your moves with the hashtag #DUDanceChallenge

DU Dance Challenge 15

Step-by-step guide to Tori from One Dance UK’s challenge .

Remember to share your moves with the hashtag #DUDanceChallenge

DU Dance Challenge 14

Step-by-step guide to Mira’s challenge from youth dance in South Africa.

Remember to share your moves with the hashtag #DUDanceChallenge

DU Dance Challenge 13

Step-by-step guide to Anna from YDance Scotland’s #DUDanceChallenge

Remember to share your moves with the hashtag #DUDanceChallenge

We are back with the first #DUDanceChallenge of 2021. We are delighted to welcome Anna from YDance Scotland to share her challenge this week.

Want to give it a go, then check out the step-by-step guide below.

Don’t forget to share your moves on social media with the hashtag #DUDanceChallenge

Find us on social media:

Facebook: dudanceni Twitter: @DUDanceni Instagram: du.dance.ni TikTok: dudanceni

Step-by-Step Guide Week 13