Our youth dance classes are back after a well deserved Christmas break with 4 weeks online. If you know a young person who loves to dance or wants to try something new in 2021 then look no further.
Dungannon Classes– Every Wednesday starting 20th January 2021 || Suteminis Ages 7-11 years 4pm to 5pm || Sutemos Ages 12+ 7pm-8pm
Ballymoney Classes- Every Friday starting 22nd January 2021 || Alternatives Ages 7-11 4pm-5pm || Alternative Energies Ages 12-19 5.15pm-6.15pm
Belfast Class– Every Saturday starting 23rd January 2021 || Belfast Boys Ages 10-14 3pm-4pm (please note this is a boys-only class)
DU Dance (NI) were delighted to bring young people together for Unanimous 2020 at Crawfordsburn Scout Activity Centre with groups from Ballymoney, Belfast, Dungannon and Enniskillen. The Gary Clarke Dance Company provided a fabulous zoom masterclass, each group performed a piece they had worked on reflecting the year which helped raise our spirits and keep us warm at this outdoor socially distanced event. We hope to release footage in the new year.
Our YEP groups took dance into the community this term.
Sutemos and Suteminis filmed a performance which was shared online as part of Culture Night celebrations in Dungannon while Alternatives and Alternative Energies took the opportunity to perform outside for the residents of St James Care Home in Ballymoney and finally the Belfast Boys lit up the streets of Belfast as part of the Christmas Light switch on.
It’s taken the guts of a year, but we have eventually set a date for the public screening of Imagine, the new film made with and by young carers from the Fermanagh area. The film was meant to be screened in March but it was September before the group got to see the fruits of their labour gathering in Lisnaskea to sign off Imagine for a public screening. We are looking forward to sharing the film with family and friends in December.
From May to August, we produced a series of 12 fun dance challenges with our dance artists and colleagues.
12 more challenges are coming your way in 2021 on Facebook, Tik Tok and our website.
Plans are underway for next summer 2021, to bring dancers from Bethlehem to Belfast for the beginning of an exchange project which will see dancers from Northern Ireland going there in 2022 .
Alongside project partners Powerstone and Tinderbox Theatre Company, the second phase of this beautiful project will take place in March 2021 and will involve our youth projects in Dungannon, Sutemos and Suteminis, in the making of a short film on the impact of migration on a child.
All being well our Steering Group will meet in person in December in Belfast. Alongside all of the discussion and catch up, we will be taking the group to experience the in Frederic Huska: The Black Monolith of the Flâneur exhibition in The MAC.
Also postponed on two previous occasions, a screening of our young carers film, IMAGINE, will take place in Enniskillen for an invited audience of family and friends before been shown at Belfast Children’s Festival in 2021.
Having been postponed twice now, we will be delivering a Northern Ireland version of our annual, all island event on the 13th December 2020. Groups from Ballymoney, Belfast, Derry/L’derry, Dungannon and Fermanagh will perform and dancers from the Gary Clarke Company will deliver a remote workshop for all. There will be no audience but we will be filming everything for later release.