‘Relocate’ Film Project Underway

Filming has begun for ‘Relocate’: a Dungannon-based project from Sutemos and Suteminis which explores themes of migration and settlement.

Well done to all the participants and thanks to everyone who has supported the filming – especially given the weather which included wind, sleet and hailstones. Some well-earned hot chocolate was definitely in order!

The red carpet will be rolled out for the film’s premiere in The Square Box, Ranfurly House, Dungannon on 17th April 2019, 6-9pm.

Save the Date(s): Primary Schools Dance Festival 2019

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Primary Schools Dance Festival will be taking place on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th May. Watch this space for more details!

If you want your school to get involved, contact us via email (info@dudanceni.com) or telephone 028 9033 0956.

Dance Passion – Get Involved

Driven by social media and the BBC’s unrivalled reach, #DancePassion will showcase the country’s dance sector in all its variety. Facilitated by BBC Arts and One Dance UK, companies and artists will celebrate this diverse art form with performance and insight including behind the scenes access, rehearsals and conversation.

In Spring 2019, BBC Arts and One Dance UK want to work with dance companies and independent artists in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to shout about and share stories, performances, insight and archive to celebrate this art form. From 1st-6th April, everyone will work together to create a national moment in celebration of dance. This is an opportunity for dance organisations and artists from Northern Ireland to get involved.

To find out more information on how to get involved, click here.

Young Carers Night at the Oscars ~ Ballymoney Town Hall

There may have been a white carpet of snow, rather than the red carpet laid out at Ballymoney Town Hall on Tuesday night, 29th January, but that didn’t deter young people, their family, friends, support workers and school teachers stepping out to applaud the stars of the show – young carers from the Causeway Coast & Glens and Mid & East Antrim areas for the premiere screening of their film “The People I Know”. They each received an “Oscar”, DVD copy of their film and a resource pack of further arts events and activities to get involved in.

This is the third in a series of films made by and with young carers through DU Dance (NI) in partnership with Barnardos Northern Ireland produced by Triplevision Productions and funded by BBC Children in Need.

Ten young carers, aged 10-13 years, came together for the first time between October and November last year for a series of workshops followed by two days filming in various venues in Ballymena and the beautiful location of Ballintoy.

An audience member remarked “Very powerful – a great way for the young people to convey their feelings and message.”

 

Some of the young carers involved in the third film “The People I know” with Terry Burns, BBC Children in Need and Mervyn Storey MLA.

 

Happy Christmas from DU Dance (NI)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM US AT DU DANCE (NI)

Summer Sessions Success

Our Youth Engagement Summer Sessions are now finished. Alternatives, Alternative Energies and Belfast Boys had an amazing time this summer on their week of youth dance. Alternatives finished up their week with a trip to the Jet Centre for some bowling, Alternative Energies had a splash doing aqua dancing and Belfast Boys had a great time at the cinema. Thanks to everyone involved!

Young Carers #3

The third of our six young carers dance on film projects will get underway in October in partnership with Barnardos NI and Triplevision Productions.   This time the workshop programme will be hosted by The Braid, Ballymena, and will lead to filming at locations chosen by the young people in November.  We are excited to work with the group who are all 8-12yrs and from across Co. Antrim. Let’s see what we can create together!!!

From Bethlehem to Galway

For the month of September Mags will be working with Royston Maldoom and Diyar Dance Theatre in Bethlehem, Palestine, as part of the third Bethlehem International Performing Arts Festival.

At the beginning of October Mags will be off to Galway to work with artists there on preparations leading up to Galway European Capital of Culture 2020.

Watch this space for an update on both in the next newsletter!

New Terms of Youth Dance

New terms for Youth Dance groups all newcomers welcome!

DU Dance (NI) is a professional dance development company that introduces young people to dance and the creative arts building personal and social skills of confidence, self-esteem and team work.

Our innovative youth engagement programmes 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: 9033 0956

E: info@dudanceni.com

Suteminis

  • Starting Date: Wednesday 12th September
  • 6pm – 7pm
  •  For 8 – 11 years
  • Dungannon Youth Resource Centre
  • Artist: Sheena Kelly
  • £1 per session

Sutemos

  • Starting Date: Wednesday 12th September
  • 7pm – 8:30pm
  • For 12 – 24 years
  • Dungannon Youth Resource Centre
  • Artist: Sheena Kelly
  • £1 per session

Belfast Boys

This group is for boys only.

  • Starting Date: Saturday 15th September
  • 2:30pm – 4.00pm
  • For 8 – 11 years
  • Girdwood Community Hub
  • Artist: Adib Ma’ani-Hessari
  • £1 per session

Alternatives

  •  Starting date: Friday 21st September
  • 4pm– 5 pm
  • 8 – 11 years
  • Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney
  • Artist: Kelly Neill
  • £1 per session

Alternative Energies

Starting date: Friday 21st September

  • 5pm – 6:30pm
  •  12 – 24 years
  • Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney
  • Artist: Kelly Neill
  • £1 per session

Summer Sessions Success!

Our Youth Engagement Summer Sessions are now finished.  Alternatives, Alternative Energies and Belfast Boys had an amazing time this summer on their week of youth dance.  Alternatives finished up their week with a trip to the Jet Centre for some bowling, Alternative Energies had a splash doing aqua dancing and Belfast Boys went to out of space at the cinema with Luis and the Aliens.