Ballycastle & Ballymoney

We have a BRAND NEW group in Ballycastle: Alternative Energies.  Plus read on for recent changes to the Alternatives group in Ballymoney.

Update: Alternatives in Ballymoney

As access to dance in Ballymoney has increased over the past few years, and so that we don’t now duplicate the work available, Alternatives, our Youth Engagement Project in Ballymoney finished in December 2021 as planned.

We have supported the move of young people keen to continue to dance into other groups in the area and we wish them all the very best. DU Dance (NI)’s work will continue in Ballycastle with our intergenerational group, Alternative Energies.

Thank you to all the dancers, families, artists and funders who supported us in Ballymoney.

Alternative Energies

Intergenerational Dance Project in Ballycastle

We are excited to have launched a brand new Intergenerational Dance Project which is taking place weekly on a Tuesday from 4:00pm – 5:30pm in the Ramoan Community Centre, 3 Station Street, Ballycastle.

This project is bringing together young people aged 15-18 years with elders 65+ living in the Ballycastle area. At a time when there are few situations that bring people of different generations together, the project seeks to address this lack of connection, advocating the power of dance as a vehicle for personal, social and community cohesion.

The workshops are free and the group are enjoying working, talking and creating together, devising performances and events that will resonate with people of different ages.


Workshops start again on Tuesday 18 January and continue until Tuesday 5 April. There will be a break on 15 February.

If you are interested in finding out more about Alternative Energies, please email

This project is supported by The Arts & Older People Programme, Arts Council Northern Ireland and The Baring Foundation.

Set up in September 2013 and running until Summer 2021, this group of 15+ young people took part in many national and local events which explored intergenerational work including St James’ Lodge Care Home (2021), Flowerfield Arts Centre (2020), Portstewart (2019), Peponi (2017), Imaginary (2016), War2Unite (2015), Shadows 2014), Vul’indela (2014), Persona (2013), Coming Home (2013).