Popping up at #BelfastMaritimeWeekender

We are thrilled to set sail this Saturday 4th September and dip our toes in the water at the Belfast Maritime Weekender. It’s been a while!

Young people from our youth engagement projects, Sutemos in Dungannon and Belfast Boys, will be entertaining the crowds with their short devised performance pieces at 11:30, 12:00 and 12:30. Watch out for the drunken sailors!

You can find us at the Buoys on the Maritime Mile so come along and say hello! We will also be sharing exciting news about our new sessions starting this month in Ballymoney, Ballycastle, Dungannon and Belfast.


Little Stranger Project

The premiere of this inspiring short film, developed over the summer, was screened at the EastSide Arts Festival on the 14th August 2021. In partnership with Tinderbox Theatre Company and Powerstone Productions, 15 young dancers from Sutemos and Suteminis took part in two weekends of rehearsals and filming to create a short film around the impact of migration on child refugees. The event also involved an interesting panel discussion after the film screening.

New Team Member

We’re delighted to welcome to the team Morag Stuart as Marketing Co-ordinator. Morag has over twenty years marketing experience across a broad spectrum of organisations and since 2007 within the arts in Northern Ireland. This includes Wheelworks, Young at Art Events, National Museums Northern Ireland and as a volunteer with the Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. She has worked collaboratively with a number of artists, events and partners such as Belfast City Council, Cathedral Quarter Trust, Island Arts Centre, Barnardo’s and QFT.

Morag will bring a wealth of professional knowledge and experience to this new role with a genuine passion for the arts in Northern Ireland.

Belfast to Bethlehem

Developments are afoot in Bethlehem for a full-time university accredited dance course. With partner organisations Dar Al-Kalima University and Diyar Arts Theatre, and colleagues Royston Maldoom and Tamara McLorg, a one year full time community dance training programme is being designed. The course is due to start in January 2022, though the COVID situation in Bethlehem might see it being delayed until September.

Choreographic Commissions

We are delighted to announce six choreographic commissions thanks to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland- Stability and Renewal funds. This opportunity was offered to young people aged 16 and over taking part in the company’s Youth Engagement Programme. With the help of the group leaders fiver young people were chosen. The sixth commission will facilitate six of the older members of Belfast Boys to develop their skills at a choreographic weekend. The work will conclude on the 13th August in Dungannon with an informal showing of the dance pieces created.

Summer Sessions

We’re gearing up for two summer weeks in Dungannon and Belfast.

Suteminis & Sutemos Summer Sessions will take place at the Events Space at the Hill of the O’Neill & Ranfurly Arts Centre in Dungannon from the 9th-13th August 2021. The summer week in partnership with Mid Ulster District Council will run for Primary School age 7-11 years from 10am-12pm and for Secondary school age 12-18 years from 1pm-3pm . The week will include learning different dance styles, creating your very own dances, a special circus workshop with Belfast Circus School and a sharing for parents at the end of the week. Click here to see this group in action: Video link

To book your space click here

Belfast Boys Summer Sessions will kick off from the 18th-22nd August 2021 in Belfast with Primary School Age from 7-11 years from 10am-12pm and Secondary school 12-16 years from 1pm-3pm.

Click here to see this group in action: Video link

To book your space: Belfast Boys 7-11 years or Belfast Boys 12-16 years

Both summer schemes are open to newcomers and no experience is necessary.

To find out more and how to book your space email us at info@dudanceni.com.

Dance floor for Ethiopia arrives.

As part of our ongoing support of community artists in Ethiopia, we spoke with Harlequin, the specialised dance floor company, and they donated a dance floor for the Meseret Yirga Dance Centre. We then had to transport the floor to Addis Ababa….easier said than done. Well, it arrived and it is a much-needed addition to Ethiopia’s first purpose-built contemporary dance studio.

For more information: Meseret Yirga Studio

Intergenerational Project.

As part of the Creative School’s project, we had the pleasure of working with students from St Genevieve’s High School in West Belfast on a short intergenerational project. The students were involved in two workshops with Alan Clarke learning Jive Dancing as well as band session and some filming. The film with messages from the students and a copy of the 1940’s film, Casablanca, will be sent on to Kilwee Care Home for the residents to enjoy.

Talks & Seminars.

Artistic Director Mags Byrne took part in the Diversity & the Arts panel discussion recorded on the 21st April. The discussion which involved four other arts organisations was arranged by the Arts Officer in Ards and North Down. Mags also spoke about her experience working with children at the European Community Dance Network seminar on the 21st June alongside our partners in Austria and Germany.

Young Carers 6th Dance/Film Project.

The 6th film, with our partners Barnardo’s Young Carers, began with a meeting on the 9th June. A group of nine young carers and six leaders met in Magherafelt to plan the direction of the programme which will be a catalyst for the re-emergence of Barnardo’s Young Carers Council. Workshops will take place in July and August and a celebratory Jamboree is planned for September to bring all groups together.