Young Carers Project

Our young Carers project, which is being delivered in partnership with Barnardo’s NI and Triple Vision Productions, is now under way. This project will run over the next three-years and is funded through BBC Children in Need. We are going to make six, short, arts based films with Young Carers from across Northern Ireland. We met some of the young people who will be involved in making the first film on Monday 30th October. Weekly workshop will now take place leading up to two days of filming out on location in December. All very exciting.


13th November 2017

Update! We had a great time filming with Triplevision Productions and Barnardo’s NI young carers, well done to all those involved. We had a great time and can’t wait to see the finished product. Thanks to BBC Children in Need for this wonderful opportunity!



1st February 2018

We’re excited to have a date fixed for the premiere screening of our first Young Carers film, produced in partnership with Barnardo’s NI and Triplevision Productions.

The Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey, will host the event on Thursday 15th February.

Thank you to all the young people who took part, our partners and funders BBC Children in Need.

Arts Matter NI

The Arts in Northern Ireland is facing more cuts to public funding which will impact on the families, young and older people we work with, in all communities across Northern Ireland.

DU Dance (NI) supports this campaign and the call to Stop the Cuts, Find the Money, Fund the Arts!

We need more voices to join us and speak out. We urge you to read about the campaign ArtsMatterNI and show your support.

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Our Youth Engagement Groups ended their term and 2017 with a range of rewarding and exciting events and activities. Alternative Energies, in Ballymoney having performed for two nights at the Riverside Theatre, Coleraine in October decided on a disco and pizza, Belfast Boys had a fantastic afternoon at Tumble Circus Winter Show in the big top – the first time this new group had gone to a performance event together – whilst Sutemos & Suteminis put on a relaxed performance at the Dungannon Youth Resource Centre where the group’s families came together to celebrate their work.

So if you’re tempted to join come and find out!

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Our Youth Steering Group met again at the end of January 2018.

Our Youth Steering Group was set up in 2012 to help and advise the company.  It currently comprises of 12 young people aged 12 -18 and is run by our two Young Ambassadors. The meeting in January was conducted by Skype, connecting members in Ballymoney and Dungannon.  Lots of ideas and suggestions were made and these will be discussed at the next meeting of our Board of Directors. Thank you to Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council and Dungannon Youth Resource Centre for facilitating venues for this meeting.


The National Lottery, through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has been one of our core funders and thanks to funding we have been able to achieve so much over our 10 years as a Dance Company.

This has helped us to deliver our various programs of work


Causeway Coast & Glens

DU Dance (NI) has been out “on tour” recently taking dance around the regions. As part of Community Relations & Cultural Awareness Week, which took place this year from 18th – 22nd September, we delivered workshops in Primary Schools in Dungannon. Sheena led eight workshops in four schools; Windmill PS, St. Joseph’s PS (Galbally), St. Patrick’s PS (Donaghmore) and Donaghmore PS.  Approx. 232 children took part.  Thank you to all the schools and the young people involved.

For the Halloween half-term break Mags and Chris were out in the Causeway Coast & Glens area delivering four days of dance and drumming workshops as part of the council’s Peace 1V initiative.  Lots of fun was had in Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart; Roe Valley Arts & Culture Centre, Limavady and Ballymoney Town Hall.  Thank you to Elaine Gaston for organising the week so well we had a ball… Think the young people did too!

Halifax Foundation NI – Stormont Event

On 17th of October we attended a reception on behalf of Lloyds Banking Group, to celebrate the ongoing work of the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland. Sponsored by Ms. Naomi Long MLA the event was held at Parliament Buildings and we had the opportunity to share the impacts of our youth engagement work – funded by the Halifax Foundation NI.

Culture Night Belfast

We had a fantastic time at Culture Night 2017. A big thank you to the 25 dancers who joined us from Alternative Energies (Ballymoney) and Sutemos (Dungannon). Culture Night is Belfast’s largest, most exciting and inclusive cultural celebration. Now in its ninth year, Culture Night brings together over 300 free events across 150 locations in Belfast City Centre in a single day. Our group traversed the streets of Belfast near the Cathedral Quarter and had fun performing a dance they had choreographed to popular music. They even got onto the local television news!!!



Day of Dance

In September members of our youth engagement projects came together for one big day of dance. This has become an annual event initiated by our Youth Steering Group. It is an opportunity for young dancers to network, engage with and support each other and have a lot of fun.  Last year the event happened in Ballymoney so this year we moved to Dungannon and the day was hosted by Dungannon Youth Resource Centre.

A New Group for the Boys of Belfast

Physical Dance Theatre

Following successful taster sessions and a dance summer school in July, in September we set up a new Physical Dance Theatre group in Belfast for boys aged 8–10 years. It is often difficult for boys to opt to get involved in dance and other creative activities as they are encouraged instead towards sports. If they do get involved they are often the only boy in a class full of girls. By setting up Belfast Boys we want to positively discriminate towards them, spark their interest, and help them to see dance as a skilful, physically challenging and really enjoyable activity. We would be delighted to welcome any new members to the group. No experience is necessary.  The group is led by Adib Ma’ani Hessari and Sean O’Neill.

Belfast Boys meet on Saturdays 2 – 4pm at the Girdwood Community Hub, Girdwood Avenue Belfast, BT14 6EG.

For more information contact us on 9033 0956 or email


Ongoing Sessions

We will be starting our regular sessions in Dungannon and Ballymoney!



Join us for Youth Dance for young people aged 12 – 24 years, every Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30pm.

No Experience Necessary.

Only £1 per session.

Dungannon Youth Resource Centre, 2 Savings Bank Street (opposite Factory Shop).



Youth Dance Theatre for young people aged 12 – 18 years, every Friday from 5:00 to 7:00pm.

No Experience Necessary.

Only £1 per session

Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney.

If you are interested or know somebody who is and want to book a place, or you want more information, please contact us on 9033 0956 or