Reference Code: IE 2135 N33

Title: The Dance United Northern Ireland Collection

Dates of Creation: 2002-2004, 2006-2011

Level of Description: Fonds

Extent and Medium: 48 items (27 files)


Name of Creator: Dance United Northern Ireland.

Administrative History: Dance United Northern Ireland emerged from Dance United, a non-profit organization established in 2000 by choreographers Mags Byrne and Royston Maldoom and independent television producer Andrew Coggins.  In April 2007, Byrne as Artistic Director and Maldoom as Consultant Director established Dance United Northern Ireland as an entirely separate and independent entity.  This professional dance development company works across the island of Ireland and internationally, advocating dance as a tool to facilitate personal and social development, advance dance as an art form, build community connections, and foster tolerance and respect.  Its approach has been formulated into four separate but interconnected programmes of work. Building Bridges aims to connect young people who are at risk of being socially segregated due to their special needs, cultural difference, behavioural difficulties, or disability.  Crossing the Divide focuses on cross-community work, bringing communities together using dance as a tool to provide people with a safe environment to let go of fears and prejudices.  Closing the Gap focuses on inter-generational work and addresses the breakdown in contact between people of different ages.  Opening the Spectrum comprises workshops and performances that have a social or developmental aim but do not naturally fit into the company’s other generic programmes.  In April 2012, Dance United Northern Ireland changed its name to DU Dance (NI).

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by Dance United Northern Ireland to the National Dance Archive of Ireland on 17 October 2011.




Scope and Content: Brochures, flyers, and recordings relating to the activities of Dance United Northern Ireland.

Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

System of Arrangement: Documents have been divided into three series to reflect the dance company’s programmes of work and thereunder chronologically by project.




Conditions Governing Access: Unrestricted access to most items.  No access to video tapes until contents have been digitized.

Conditions Governing Reproduction: Standard copyright regulations apply to all items.  For photocopying or reproducing material, please consult with the staff.

Language/ Scripts of Material: English.  N33/1/1/5/1 contains Lithuanian and Spanish.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements: Paper documents, video tapes, and DVDs in good or reasonable condition.  Items N33/1/1/2/11/1/3/1-21/1/4/2, and 1/2/1/1 require a video recorder.  Items N33/1/1/5/21/2/2/11/2/2/3-51/2/6/5, and 1/3/2/2 require a DVD-player.

Finding Aids: A hard copy of the descriptive catalogue is available at the Special Collections and Archives Department, Glucksman Library, University of Limerick.




Archivist’s Note: Papers arranged and described by Anna-Maria Hajba.

Rules or Conventions: This description follows guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd edition, 2000, Irish Guidelines for Archival Description, 2009, National Council on Archives: Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997, and EAP Guidance on Data Protection for Archive Services, 2018.

Date of Description: February 2012.  Revised July 2020.


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