Dance United

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 2015

DU Dance is pleased 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.



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

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

Heroes on the Hill – Dungannon, Intercultural project

DU Dance, working collaboratively with STEP (South Tyrone Empowerment Project), brought a unique intercultural programme of work to Dungannon culminating in a fantastic performance in the Market Square on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th April .

Inspired from the legends, myths and heroes from around the world Heroes on the Hill celebrated our diverse and separate histories. 60 young people took to the stage in and through music, dance and storytelling captured our imaginations engaging and celebrating as they reclaimed our hill of many heroes.

Heroes on the Hill, Dungannon. The sun warmed my bones and the performance warmed my heart, your project was a shining example of what the Intercultural Arts Programme was established for!
Joan Dempster, ACNI Arts Development Officer, Community Arts

Went to see Heroes on the Hill show on Sunday in Market Square Dungannon. Amazing show ……. Well done to the organisers & all of the young people involved, an absolute credit to you all. Hope to see this type of show again in Dungannon. Brought together young people from all different traditions, races & backgrounds. This is how to do it no doubt!

Cllr Linda Dillon, Chair Mid Ulster Council

Heroes on the Hill - narrator Heroes on the Hill dancers Heroes on the Hill drummers



Principal Funder: Arts Council of Northern Ireland with support from Dungannon Arts Forum, Mid Ulster Council Good Relations Programme & Dungannon Youth Resource Centre.


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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