Dance United

Creative Voguing Master Classes

Looking for something different, engaging and challenging for working with young people?

Or have you ever wanted to try Voguing, learn about the history of this popular dance style or just have a really fun dance class, then come along to one of the following classes.


Saturday 21st March, 1pm – 5pm
A half day class aimed at youth leaders and teachers giving the essential information and creative ideas for teaching dance to ages 12+ in community or educational settings using Voguing. (No dance experience necessary)

Sunday 22nd March, 1pm – 5pm
A half day class aimed at dance professionals and students in full time dance education 16+ focusing on style and technique.

Dance Resource Base Studio
1st Floor, 35 Donegall Street
Belfast BT1 2FG

Cost: £10 (£5 concession for DRB members/students)
Booking: contact DU Dance at or tel. 028 9033 0956

Please note – access to the studio is on the first floor and there is no lift.

Danny Lucien Reid started his professional dance career as a Voguer. He has worked all over the world performing and teaching and is now based in London where he continues to perform and teaches freelance at Middlesex University. He is keen to share his passion and knowledge of this house dance style.

Vogue, or voguing, is a highly stylized, modern house dance that evolved out of the Harlem ballroom scene in the 1980s. It gained mainstream exposure in 1990 when it was featured in Madonna’s song and video Vogue, and then showcased in the documentary Paris is Burning (Grand Jury Prize Winner, 1991 Sundance Film Festival). Vogue returned to mainstream attention when the dance group Vogue Evolution competed on the fourth season of America’s Best Dance Crew.

These master classes are supported by Belfast City Council with in-kind support from Dance Resource Base.


We want you to merge!

Are you aged 12-24 years, want to dance & perform?


Come along and join Merge Cru – Belfast based youth dance group fusing Hip Hop & dance theatre…. no experience necessary all we need is your time and energy!

Free sessions – New group running Sundays, 3-5pm from 29th March 2015, Dance Resource Base Studio, 35 Donegall Street, BelfastMERGE-logo_sized_02

For more info contact DU Dance on tel. 9033 0956 or email


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


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.



Heroes on the Hill – Dungannon, Intercultural project

DU Dance, working collaboratively with STEP (South Tyrone Empowerment Project), are bringing a unique intercultural programme of work to Dungannon.

Inspired from the legends, myths and heroes from around the world Heroes on the Hill celebrates our diverse and separate histories within a shared arena. 120 young people will take the stage in Dungannon Square, and through music, dance and storytelling capture our imaginations engaging and celebrating as they reclaim our hill of many heroes.

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Aged 9-16 years and want to get involved then come along to sessions at the Dungannon Youth Resource Centre. Small groups will work for four weeks, out of school times and all the groups will come together over the Easter holidays to rehearse for the performances.

Come along to any one of these first sessions to join up, no experience necessary!

Dance Sessions (1 1/2 hours)
Thursday 5th March 5pm & 7pm
Saturday 7th March 12.30pm

Drum Sessions ( 2 hours)
Friday 6th March 4.30pm & 6.30pm
Tuesday 10th March 4.30pm

Music Composition

Saturdays, 2.30pm & 3pm

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th April (2.30pm & 4pm)
Market Square, Dungannon
Free and everyone welcome to attend

Principal Funder: Arts Council of Northern Ireland with support from Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council Good Relations Programme.


7th Annual Primary Dance Festival

Belvoir Players Theatre

Wednesday 20th May 2015 (P1-3) & Thursday 21st May 2015 (P4-7)

10:00am – 12:00pm

This fun and exciting event is non-competitive and will incorporate all styles of dance at all levels by children of primary school age. It is a chance for pupils and teachers to share their dance work with other schools and for the children to see a guest professional dance performance in a theatre setting.

If you have a group/class that would like to take part we want to hear from you. The event and refreshments for the pupils will be provided all free of charge, but transport to the venue will need to be provided by the school.

The event is organised by DU Dance with the support of Belfast Education & Library Board

Alternative Energies Film Screenings

Our three inter-generational short films continue to gain screenings reaching a wider audience from as far afield as Fastnett, Glasgow, Brittany, Frankfurt, Manchester , Limerick and now back to Belfast.

In November 2014, a screening took place at the Second Chance Cinema Weekender, South Bank Playhouse, Belfast…. in February 2015 the films were selected by R-Space Gallery in Lisburn as part of a series of #VISIONING and on Saturday 21 February Back to the Wall – our men and boys film choreographed by Royston Maldoom – will screen at the Takeover Film Festival at Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast with an introduction by Mags Byrne, Artistic Director.

We’re especially pleased to be part of Takeover Film – a festival designed, programmed and run by a team of young people from Northern Ireland.


See further details and full listings 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”


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