New Chair of DU Dance (NI) Board

We are happy to announce that Rosamond Bennett has taken on this role following our AGM in December.

Sincere thanks to the outgoing chair, Jane Coyle, for all of her support and commitment over the past few years. We are delighted that Jane will remain on the board.

Work Underway on Next Young Carers Short Dance Film

Work is underway for our next short dance film project working with young carers. The upcoming film will feature young people from the Lisnaskea area.

Watch this space for news about filming and the premiere.

This project is delivered in partnership with Barnardo’s NI. Project funding is provided by BBC Children in Need.

New Term of Youth Engagement Projects in 2020

Get dancing in 2020!

Our Youth Engagement Projects (YEPs) are back in action this January with regular workshops that lead to performances!

The groups involve young people aged 7-18 years. No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome.

If you know of a young person who might be interested in joining one of our youth groups please get in touch.

T: 028 9023 0877

Read on for specific details about each group.


Starting date: 17th January 2020
Weekly on Fridays
7-11 years
Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney
Artist: Janie Doherty
£1 subs per session

Alternative Energies
Starting date: Friday 17th January 2020
Weekly on Fridays
12-18 years
Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney
Artist: Janie Doherty
£1 subs per session


Belfast Boys – This group is for boys only
Starting Date: 11th January 2020
Weekly on Saturdays
8½  – 12 years
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Artist: Sean O’Neill
£1 subs per session


Starting Date: 11th January 2020
Weekly on Saturdays
7-11 years
The Junction, Dungannon
Artist: Sheena Kelly

Starting Date: 15th January 2020
Weekly on Wednesdays
12-18 years
Dungannon Youth Resource Centre
Artist: Sheena Kelly
£1 subs per session

Little Stranger

The worldwide issue of migration, as experienced by a small child, is the subject of a proposed new dance theatre performance piece, which goes into development next month and will see us working in partnership with two other companies, Tinderbox and Powerstone.

Click here for the press release on this project: Little Stranger Press Release

Save the Date: Unanimous 2020

The 2020 edition of Unanimous will take place in The MAC, Belfast, on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April 2020, 7pm.

This year we are hoping that Unanimous will be a residential event that will see groups coming together on Saturday 4th April to work with dancers from the Gary Clarke Company. The company is in Belfast performing Wasteland, the sequel to their award-winning performance, COAL. The young dancers will then have the opportunity to see the company perform that evening and engage in a conversation with Gary himself before preparing the next day for their own performance platform.

Unanimous is a youth dance platform bringing together inspirational young dancers from across the island of Ireland.

Tickets for Unanimous, which promises to be a powerful, energetic event for anyone interested in dance, will be available from February and can be obtained by contacting The MAC box office.

Day of Dance 2019

Our Youth Engagement Projects joined forces in December for 2019’s Day of Dance. Held for the first time in Belfast’s magnificent City Hall, this celebration event saw young people from Ballymoney, Belfast and Dungannon take part in a series of energetic workshops and technical rehearsals, where they had fun and worked creatively together. The day culminated in a performance in front of an audience of very appreciative family and friends.

What People Are Saying About Day of Dance 2019

Photo Gallery

Thanks to Belfast City Council for providing the City Hall venue and a tour of the building for the families who came along.

The groups are supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Belfast Boys has received start-up funding through Belfast City Council – Sports Development and are supported in-kind by The Crescent Arts Centre; Sutemos & Suteminis receive funding from BBC Children in Need and are supported in-kind by Dungannon Youth Resource Centre; Alternative Energies and Alternatives are supported in-kind by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council.

Young Carers Short Film #4 Premiere

Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy was the venue for the premiere of Through Our Eyes on 13th December 2019. Through Our Eyes is a short dance film featuring young carers from the Magherafelt area. It was produced in partnership with Barnardo’s NI and SlackPress, with project funding provided by BBC Children in Need.

Over eight thousand children in Northern Ireland have the role of providing significant care for a family member. The average age for a young carer is 12 years old. This dance and film project explored how some of those young people feel.

Well done to all of the incredible young people who took part in the project.

What People Are Saying About Through Our Eyes:


(LA) HORDE Workshop

On 26th October 2019, as part of Belfast International Arts Festival (BIAF) members of our youth engagement projects got the opportunity to dance on the stage of Belfast’s Grand Opera House in a workshop with French art collective (LA) HORDE. The professional dancers running the workshop could not have been nicer or more supportive. Our young people loved the energetic jumpstyle work and, afterwards, they attended the wonderful evening performance – ‘To Da Bone’. They were dancing in the foyer, on the bus and in the streets going home.

Thanks to Richard Wakely (BIAF) and (LA) HORDE for providing this wonderful opportunity.

Sutemos Perform at ‘Take 5’ Health Gala


On 21st November 2019 Sutemos dancers hopped onto a bus from Dungannon to the Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown to perform at the Take 5 Health Gala. Their dance piece explored the impact social media has on young people’s mental health and it was very well received by an audience of 330 people from across the mid-Ulster area.

The gala, the first joint venture by the Northern and Southern Health and Social Care Trusts and Mid Ulster Council, illustrated the benefits of arts for health and wellbeing.

BBC IN Person – Call for Young People Aged 18-24 to Participate

The BBC is running an ‘IN Person’ event for young people aged 18-24 in BBC Northern Ireland on Thursday 13 February (12:15-17:00).

It will be an interesting and interactive afternoon which will help the BBC to understand the tastes and interests young people have, what they value from media and what more they would like from the BBC. All refreshments will be provided free of charge and participants will receive a personalised certificate and a £25 Love2Shop voucher to thank people for giving up their time.

The majority of the session will be focused on table discussions (with the help of a facilitator) and there will also be a creative task (about ideas for improvements to BBC content, products and services) which will include each table ‘pitching’ their ideas to the wider group (but no-one will be asked to present unless they want to).

If you are a young person aged 18-24 from Northern Ireland who is available on this date and would be happy to give your opinions, you can sign up here.

Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.