Formerly Dance United NI, the company was established in Northern Ireland in 2007. DU Dance’s artistic and management team has over thirty years’ experience of working within communities all over the world. It was through a seven-year long intensive dance and development training programme for street children in Ethiopia that an approach to dance and an ethos developed that continues to influence and inform the company’s vision today.
DU Dance aims to introduce young people to dance and the creative arts, and to advocate dance as a tool for facilitating personal and social development. Its vision is to advance dance as an art form, build community connections and foster tolerance and respect.
With performance as an integral part of the process the company provides access to innovative contemporary dance workshops and projects across communities, which may have limited or no dance provision, challenging traditional views of the relevance and value of dance.
DU Dance often works in partnership with other organisations and institutions that share a target market and/or similar ethos, locally, nationally and internationally.
DU Dance operates an inclusive policy of participation, without preconception of ability. Programmes vary in length and scale and include inter-generational, cross-community and inter-cultural work. The company is also committed to building new audiences and to training and sharing skills.
Recent projects include Escape, a performance and workshop piece based on children’s experiences of the second world war which toured to schools and youth clubs, Unanimous, a youth dance platform event which took place at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast; On the Backs of Our Mothers – an intergenerational piece performed at St Anne’s Cathedral as part of Belfast Festival at Queen’s and eMERGEncy which integrated contemporary dance and street dance with skateboarding, bmx bikes, rap music and opera.
DU Dance runs an annual Primary Dance Festival for primary schools from across Greater Belfast and supports youth dance groups in Belfast and Dungannon. Its integrated youth dance group based in Dungannon, Sutemos, won the BBC Performing Arts Community Dance award in 2011. The company is about to establish another youth dance group in Ballymoney.
In 2013 five young people from these youth groups were engaged in a six week dance peer leadership and mentoring project whilst ten young dancers were involved in representing the company at the Irish Youth Dance Festival in Dublin.
The company has just delivered one of the largest events ever to take place in Northern Ireland, the Opening Ceremony of the World Police & Fire Games.
Please visit our website to see images from our work. If you are a young person and interested in getting involved, or if you are an organisation or community group interested in knowing more about our work please contact us.
DU Dance (NI)
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 028 9033 0956
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