Dungannon Culture Night: Workshops and Pop-up Dance Performance

There are plenty of exciting activities coming up as part of Dungannon Culture Night on 20th September. Don’t miss our multicultural dance workshops: including an ASD-friendly workshop starting at 5pm.  Then you can enjoy a pop-up dance performance in front of Ranfurly House from 7pm onwards! Read on for all the details.

DU DANCE (NI) MULTICULTURAL DANCE WORKSHOPS

Friday 20th September
5pm – 5.45pm (ASD Friendly Workshop)
Taster contemporary dance workshops: learn new styles of dance from around the world in a fun and friendly environment.
This is a free workshop.
For more information click here.

Friday 20th September
6pm – 6:45pm
The second of our taster contemporary dance workshops. Learn new styles of dance from around the world in a fun and friendly environment.
This is a free workshop.
For more information click here.

POP-UP DANCE PERFORMANCES

Enjoy these free pop-up dance performance taking place in front of Ranfurly House from 7pm – 8pm on Friday 20th September.

MeetShareDance: An Inclusive Dance Festival

Photo: Diogo Ferreira

Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast | Public performance in Cornmarket
5th – 7th September 2019
For festival information click here
For more information about Open Arts and Luminous Soul click here

Open Arts will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its dance group Luminous Soul by hosting the prestigious ‘MeetShareDance’ inclusive dance festival in Belfast from 5 – 7 September 2019.

Luminous Soul is the only contemporary dance development programme for disabled people in Northern Ireland and features members who have a range of disabilities: physical, sensory, learning disabilities and mental health illness.

Now in its eighth year, MeetShareDance is an international workshop dance festival which is based around the ideas of inclusivity and exchange. It aims to discover changes in the world of dance and disability and to raise the profile of integrated dance in artistic and everyday life. The festival has previously taken place in Porto, Madrid, Helsinki, Berlin, Lubjana and Dublin – this is its first visit to Northern Ireland.

Forty dancers (amateur & professional) from eight countries – Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Luxembourg, UK, Slovenia – will take part in three days of inclusive dance workshops at the Crescent Arts Centre. Participants in MeetShareDance will showcase their skills to the public with a performance of a newly devised collaborative piece in Cornmarket at 1pm on Saturday 7th September.

For further information on Luminous Soul and MeetShareDance, visit www.openartsni.org

New Term for Youth Dance Groups: Newcomers Welcome!

September marks the start of the new term for our Youth Engagement Projects (YEPs) –  newcomers welcome!

Our YEPs use dance, movement and music in fun, energetic workshops leading to performances.

No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome!

If you have young people interested in joining one of our youth groups please get in touch.

T: 028 9023 0877

E: info@dudanceni.com

Read on for details about each group.

Suteminis
Starting Date: Wednesday 4th September 2019
6pm – 7pm
For ages 8 – 11
Dungannon Youth Resource Centre
Artist: Sheena Kelly
£1 subs per session

Sutemos
Starting Date: Wednesday 4th September 2019
7pm – 8:30pm
For 12 – 18 years
Dungannon Youth Resource Centre
Artist: Sheena Kelly
£1 subs per session

Belfast Boys – This group is for boys only
Starting Date: Saturday 14th September 2019
3:30pm – 5.00pm
For 8 – 12 years
NEW VENUE: Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
Artist: Sean O’Neill
£1 subs per session

Alternatives
Starting date: Friday 13th September 2019
4pm– 5 pm
8 – 11 years
Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney
Artist: Janie Doherty
£1 subs per session

Alternative Energies
Starting date: Friday 13th September
5pm – 6:30pm
12 – 18 years
Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney
Artist: Janie Doherty
£1 subs per session

Belfast Boys Summer Session

As Belfast Boys have now finished weekly sessions, it’s time once again for our summer school!

Don’t miss Summer Sessions in Belfast. Taking place from Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th August 2019, this is an opportunity for boys to come along and try out dance and movement in a fun and friendly environment.

This is the perfect chance for boys aged 8 – 12 to have fun and express themselves.

The entire cost is only £10.

Come along and give it a go!

Plus, if you want more, you can join up in September when Belfast Boys resume regular classes.

To book your place call 02890230877 or email info@dudanceni.com.

Dungannon Summer Sessions: Get Dancing This July!

As our Youth Engagement Projects finish their weekly sessions, it’s time once again for our summer schools!

Don’t miss Summer Sessions in Dungannon. Taking place in Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre from Monday 15th – Friday 19th July 2019, this is an opportunity for young people to come along and try out dance and movement in a fun and friendly environment.

We have two groups: one for ages 7 – 11 and one for ages 12 – 18. The cost for the week is only £10.

Come along and give it a go!

Plus, if you want more, you can join up in September when our Youth Engagement Projects resume regular classes!

To book a place, simply contact us by phone (028 9023 0877) or email (info@dudanceni.com).

Ballymoney Summer Sessions: Get Dancing This July!

As our Youth Engagement Projects finish their weekly sessions, it’s time once again for our summer schools!

Don’t miss Summer Sessions in Ballymoney. Taking place in the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre from Monday 1st – Friday 5th July 2019, this is an opportunity for young people to come along and try out dance and movement in a fun and friendly environment.

We have two groups: one for ages 8 – 11 and one for ages 12 – 18. The cost for the week is only £10.

Come along and give it a go!

Plus, if you want more, you can join up in September when our Youth Engagement Projects resume regular classes!

To book a place, simply contact us by phone (028 9023 0877) or email (info@dudanceni.com).

Steering Group Exchange

In July two of our Steering Group will be involved in an Intercultural Youth Exchange called “Crossing Borders” – run by Hostelling International NI.

The project will see them working with 8 other young people from Northern Ireland and 10 young people from Germany, all aged 16-18 years.

The first phase of the exchange will take place from 25th – 31st July in NI before moving to Berlin from 31st July – 7th August.

Intergenerational Project with St. Genevieve’s High School and Kilwee Care Home

From Friday 21st – Tuesday 25th June this Creative Schools Project brought generations together through dance, music, costume and makeup.  Alan Clarke led on the dance along with our artistic director Mags Byrne, and music was provided by Fade to Black.

In total, 20 young people were involved alongside 45 older people in what was a truly heartening event.

Newtownards Summer Flash Mob

 

Conway Square in Newtownards was the venue as 200 children joined together in a flashmob on 7th August to raise awareness of the effects of single-use plastics. Our artistic director Mags Byrne worked with the children in a series of workshops in the run-up to the event.

During the 20-minute flash mob, the children chanted and danced with a Samba band while Professor Plastic Not Fantastic highlighted key plastic pollution facts and figures.

Belfast Boys Share Their Work in Crescent Arts Centre

Belfast Boys finished their term with a sharing for parents and friends in the David Hill Studio at The Crescent Arts Centre on 22nd June.

The strong core of 10 performed their new dance piece choreographed by the boys with Sean O’Neill and Tommy Bell.