Merge Cru at the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival

One of Northern Ireland’s leading youth dance groups had a fantastic opportunity representing Northern Ireland at this major cultural event in July.

Merge Cru – an exciting Belfast based youth dance group fusing contemporary dance and breakdance – were selected to perform at the first ever Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow, 10th to 12th July. With 36 spectacular youth dance groups from across the Commonwealth countries taking part including a blend of talented young people from Africa, Australia, Canada, India, Malta, New Zealand and the UK this was a prestigious invitation and an exceptional opportunity for the eight young members of the Belfast group.

Clare Adamson MSP, Education & Culture Committee said     “I write to both thank and congratulate all members of Merge Cru for your   contribution to the recent YDance Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival. I was able to attend some of the Festival. It was a truly uplifting experience – stunning performances, humbling enthusiasm and sparkling creativity which gave me even more confidence in our young people and their ability to shape our future positively.”

Thank you to everyone who helped support Merge Cru through donations.

Photographs: YDance/Paul Watt; DU Dance/ Joe Fox