Bringing some joy

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.

Young Carers Film Showing

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.

More Fun Online Challenges coming in Jan-March

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.

Bethlehem to Belfast for Feile

Plans are underway for next summer 2021, to bring dancers from Bethlehem to Belfast for the beginning of and exchange project which will see dancers from Northern Ireland going there in 2022 .

Little Stranger

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.

Steering Group Meeting

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.

Imagine Screening

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.

Unanimous 2020

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.

Alternative Energies Perform at St James Lodge Ballymoney

Back in October, Alternatives & Alternative Energies were delighted to perform outside St James Lodge in Ballymoney, as part of their community connection project. It has been a challenging time for both the young and old, so it felt very special to connect through dance and music and see all the smiles of our dancers and our audience alike.

One Dance UK awards shortlist

DU Dance nomination- Janet Sandikli – is short listed

On 9th Nov One Dance held their annual awards ceremony, honouring people working in many capacities in the dance sector across Britain and Northern Ireland.

DU Dance nominated several people in different categories and Janet Sandikli was shortlisted in the Primary Dance Education Award category.  And even though she didn’t win, to be in the top three among such salubrious company, is amazing.  Very proud of you Janet and look forward to continuing to work with you and Belmont Primary School, Belfast.