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.

Belfast Boys take part in Belfast Christmas Lights celebration.

On Saturday 14th November Belfast City Council turned on their Christmas Lights, with a little help from Belfast Boys.  It was a cold afternoon but a lot of fun was performing a Christmas inspired dance performance all while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Three Films to add to our time capsules

Our Youth Engagement Projects in Ballymoney, Belfast and Dungannon are all continuing to meet either in-person or online. 

Recently they made three short films which will be released shortly.  The films are to add to the dancers time-capsules which also contain a podcast and a slideshow of photos and drawings.

If you would like to join us please get in touch, no experience is necessary.

Wednesdays in Dungannon – Sutemos (11-21yrs) Suteminis (7-11yrs)

Fridays in Ballymoney – Alternative Energies (11-21yrs) Alternatives (7-11yrs)

Saturdays in Belfast – Belfast Boys (9-14yrs)

Dancer Connie from the Young Carers’ project speaks to the Steve Wright Show about how Children in Need Funding makes a difference

Connie from our Young Carers dance project in Mid Ulster and Allana from Barnardo’s spoke with the Steve Wright radio show about what it is like to be a young carer and how funding from Children in Need has made a positive impact in the lives of young carers.

Connie participated in the Mid Ulster dance film project using dance as a means to express what life is like as a young carer.

Of the dance film project with DU Dance NI, Allana said ” Their confidence has come up, friendships have been built and even the feedback from parents has been that this is actually making a difference”

To hear more of their interview click the link below (interview begins at 1.47)

Goodbye & Thank you to Kieran Lambe

Everyone at DU Dance (NI) would like to say a huge thank you to Kieran Lambe who has been an invaluable member of our team. Starting off in March 2019 as an admin assistant, he then took the lead on marketing and social media as well as assisting on projects, events and our big move to the Crescent Arts Centre.

We would like to wish Kieran all the best on his return to Queens University to undertake a Masters Degree.

Culture Night 2020

Sutemos dancers during filming on the Hill of the O’Neill Dungannon

Culture Night 2020 may have looked a little different this year but we were just as delighted to be a part of it.

In Culture Night Belfast, we showcased “Back to the Wall” an intergenerational film choreographed by Royston Maldoom. To see this work and the work of other companies showcased click here:

In Culture Night Dungannon, the Sutemos Youth Engagement Project were delighted to showcase their piece “Dreams” which they created during lockdown. The film went out over the Hill of the O’Neill & Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre’s social media with over 1,000 views on the Culture Night weekend.

Youth Engagement Project Podcast

We have been giving members of our Youth Engagement Projects a voice with a podcast project exploring their experiences of life in lockdown.

As part of the project these young people have been reflecting on what they have learned about themselves, how they have been passing the time, the challenges they have faced, their hopes for the future and more.

Virtual Trauma Summit 2020

Our Artistic Director Mags Byrne attended the Virtual Trauma Summit on 22nd and 23rd June 2020 as part of our ongoing research project exploring trauma.

The summit was presented by Action Trauma and featured world-leading experts.

Watch this space for news about the research project as it develops over the coming months.