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Dance to Connect - Battery Dance Company & YouthAction NI

The prestigious Battery Dance Company of New York were working in partnership with YouthAction NI to run a dance extravaganza for 80 young people aged 12-25 years. Rehearsals took place in College Square North, 174 Trust and Dance Resource Base, culminating in a performance at the Waterfront Hall.

A world-class dance company from Broadway, New York were sharing its talents among young people from Northern Ireland as part of an award-winning arts education program.
From April 5, representatives from the New York based ‘Battery Dance Company’ will work with eighty young people in various venues across Belfast on... a specially designed syllabus of creative exercises. Following intensive rehearsals, their work will culminate in a spectacular performance at Belfast’s Waterfront Studio on April 11.
The ‘Dancing to Connect’ initiative in Northern Ireland has been made possible through funding from the United States Department of State. The leading local voluntary organization YouthAction Northern Ireland was selected as a local partner, to help celebrate 70 years of tackling issues most critical to young people across Northern Ireland.
Speaking in advance of the project, U.S. Consul General in Belfast Gregory Burton said:

“The members of Battery Dance Company have applied their model to over 40 countries around the world to great acclaim and I have no doubt their work will showcase the power of dance in inspiring, empowering and uniting young people from diverse backgrounds”.
June Trimble, Chief Executive of YouthAction added:

“We are grateful for this opportunity in what is a very important year for YouthAction. We have very enthusiastic young people, from our well known, Rainbow Factory School of Performing Arts, including keen dancers and those who have never tried this specific art form. Young people will gain new skills and improve their well being through being involved in this intensive creative programme”
Emad Salem of the Battery Dance Company said:

“Having worked in many diverse parts of the world, I have witnessed how the arts can unlock creativity, promote reconciliation and harness talents within and among young people. We’re very much looking forward to continuing our outreach in Northern Ireland”.
Rehearsals will take place at Youth Action, the 174 Trust, and the Dance Resource base, and the Waterfront Studio in Belfast from April 4 through April 11. The performance will take place at 8:30pm on April 11. The Battery Dance company will also perform at this event.

Footage of the Event & Run up to the event

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