Dance United


Our 4th Unanimous youth dance performance platform took place in December 2014 , at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.  This celebration event gives youth groups from all over Northern Ireland a chance to perform their work in front of a public audience and their peers.

MC Conor ‘Doke’ O’Kane compered an exciting evening of new dance from groups from Ballymoney; Belfast; Derry/L’Derry and Dungannon.



Alternative Energies Film Viewing

On the 28th – 30th November, the Alternative Energies Films were shown in Belfast at the Second Chance Cinema Weekender.  This Free event took place at the South Bank Playhouse on the Ormeau Road, Belfast.  The films were introduced by DU Dance Artistic Director, Mags Byrne.  For further details of this and all the films please visit

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On the Hill – Dungannon, Intercultural project

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In February 2015, DU Dance, working collaboratively with STEP (South Tyrone Empowerment Project), will initiate a unique intercultural programme of work in Dungannon.  Using the impressive surroundings of the Hill of the O’Neill, this arts based performance project will celebrate aspects of cultural diversity in the town through music and dance.

The project will run over 3 months and begin with taster sessions leading to a six week intensive workshop programme. This will conclude with  performances in April 2015.  Watch out for an update on this exciting project in our next newsletter!

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

BBC Performing Arts Fellow

After weeks of holding on to this exciting news, DU Dance is now able to announce that our BBC Performing Arts Fellow for 2015 is Brona Jackson. We are absolutely delighted! Welcome on board Brona, looking forward to an exciting year ahead.


For more info click here

World War 1 performance project

FALLEN – the final performance in DU Dance (NI)’s three year long inter-generational programme – Alternative Energies – designed to bring people of all ages together to work and create – took place at the atmospheric Titanic Drawing Offices on 9th, 10th & 11th November 2014 to mark the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

The six- week long project and performance included people from across Belfast and Ballymoney aged 9 to 90 years.

FALLEN does not tell a narrative story of World War I, make any political comment or attempt to historically recreate images from that time, instead it is an exploration of the human cost for those who went to war and those who remained at home.

” Excellent – a powerful dance performance – evocative, thought provoking theme sensitively treated – challenges war!”

“Excellent, superb, outstanding performance, moving & compassionate”


Show was excellent, great to see so many different age groups working together”


“Beautiful moving piece of dance! Lovely inter-generational work”



Seldom see different ages performing together”




“inter-generational work is powerful for so many reasons”

DU Dance Youth Groups

DU Dance have three youth dance groups running in Ballymoney, Belfast and Dungannon.  If you are between 12 – 21years and want to dance come along a try the groups out. Each group has a slightly different focus and no previous experience of dance is necessary, but be prepared to sweat!!  Details are on our website or give us a call.

This is a photo of some of the dancers from Sutemos (Dungannon) as they performed in Armagh at the Marketplace Theatre.  They performed at Armagh Jail on the same evening in September for Culture Night. Now they are working hard devising a new piece for the Unanimous Youth Dance Platform in December.

Youth groups Merge Cru (Belfast) and Alernative Energies (Ballymoney) were both involved in our performance project Fallen.  After a weeks break, Alternative Energies workshops start back Friday 21st November in the Dance Studio in the Joey Dunlop Centre.  Please follow us on facebook for updates on Merge Cru.


DU Dance youth group member takes a step across the waters!


A lovely note to us all from one of our dancers heading off to university to further her dance studies .. We wish you the very best and thank you for all your work with the company, keep in touch!

Dear all of you,

I haven’t known you for long but have a lot to be thankful for.  The last, barely two years, were amazing and full of new and exciting experiences for me, both on professional and personal level.  I’ve got to know many great people and all and everyone inspired me in some way.  Thanks to the many projects I had the chance to take part in, I’ve become a more confident dancer who believes there is light at the end of the tunnel after all.  I’ve got a taste of real hard work and I finally could be passionate about dance in the right environment.  I’ve also learned that being shouted at may actually mean encouragement.. still having doubts at times but it surely toughens one up – in the right way :)  I think the work DU Dance is doing is incredible, amazing and definitely something everyone should know about and experience.  While I’m leaving for university and for getting more experience in dancing and life, I’m hoping I can still be helpful in one way or another.



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