New Term for Youth Dance Groups: Newcomers Welcome!

Now that our Summer Sessions are finished for another year, our Youth Engagement Projects (YEPs) are back in action with regular classes!

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

Suteminis and Sutemos recently teamed up for a pop-up performance in Dungannon for Mid Ulster Culture Night – click here to read all about it!

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 and August, two of our Steering Group were involved in an Intercultural Youth Exchange called “Crossing Borders” – run by Hostelling International NI in partnership with DJH.

The project allowed them to work with 8 other young people from Northern Ireland and 10 young people from Germany, all aged 16-18 years. The first leg of the exchange took place in Northern Ireland, with the second leg taking place in Berlin, Germany.

Themes explored in the project included the connection of both Berlin and Belfast being cities that have experienced – or still experience – division by walls as well as the impact of conflict on young people.

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 alongside dance artist Ciarán Grey delivering a series of workshops in the run-up to the event.

During the 20-minute performance, the children filled the square with protest chants and dance. They were joined by BEATNDRUM Samba Band and Professor Plastic Not Fantastic in highlighting key plastic pollution facts and figures.

This event was part of Ards and North Down Borough Council’s summer scheme programme and funded by the council’s Recycling Community Investment Fund (RCIF).

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.

Sutemos Delight Crowds in Cookstown Summer Carnival

Sutemos took part in Cookstown Summer Carnival on Friday 28th June. It proved to be a delightful way to kick off the summer as the young dancers performed to a joyous crowd – with fantastic drummers helping to keep everyone’s feet dancing throughout.

Belfast City Council Draft Cultural Strategy Open for Consultation

Deadline for Feedback: Wednesday 10 July 2019
Read the draft cultural strategy here
Click here to provide feedback

Belfast City Council have launched their draft Cultural strategy for 2020- 2030 and the plan is open for feedback until 10th July 2019.

This 10-year cultural strategy has been developed following thousands of conversations that have taken place since 2017 as part of an ongoing public engagement programme. This strategy is also a consolidation of the foundation, commitments and achievements of several preceding strategies and frameworks.  It commits the city to facilitating a new integrated phase of culture-led development, with the individual citizen at the heart of this process.

The strategy presents the overall approach, themes and priorities for integrated cultural development over a ten year period.

You can have your say on the strategy by clicking here.