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National Dance Archive of Ireland

Dance United Northern Ireland

Identity Statement

Reference Code: IE 2135 N33
Title: The Dance United Northern Ireland Collection
Dates of Creation: 2002-2004, 2006-2012
Level of Description: Fonds
Extent and Medium: 48 items (27 files)


Name of Creator(s): Dance United Northern Ireland.

Administrative History: Dance United Northern Ireland emerged from Dance United, which had been 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 advocates 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. Dance United Northern Ireland is currently in the process of changing its name to DU Dance.

Content & Structure

Scope and Content: Brochures, flyers and audio-visual material illustrating the activities of Dance United Northern Ireland.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access: Please contact us in advance to make an appointment to see this collection.
Finding Aid: Descriptive List (click on link below)

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