Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019 at Draíocht

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019 at Draíocht

Presented by Dublin Youth Dance Company (DYDC) in collaboration with Draíocht and Fingal Arts Office

Mon 24 - Sun 30 Jun 2019

2019 sees the Irish Youth Dance Festival celebrate its 19th year – making it Ireland’s longest running youth dance festival. This unique and hugely popular event will offer audiences the opportunity to see the most exciting up-and-coming young dance talent Ireland has to offer, alongside International guests, masterclasses, workshops and performance opportunities! Draíocht is delighted to host IYDF 2019 for the first time.

Youth Dance Residency
MON 24 - FRI 28 JUN  Draíocht Studio

This week-long residency with teacher and choreographer Justine Doswell (DYDC), is for young people selected from D15 Transition Year Secondary School Taster sessions, held earlier this year. Over 5 days, participants will work together with DYDC facilitators exploring and creating a contemporary dance piece for performance. The resulting dance piece will be performed at the Young Creators Platform on Sunday 30th June.

Irish Youth Dance Festival 2019
SAT 29 JUN  8PM  Main Auditorium 
€14 / €12
conc / Family of 4  €40
Audiences are promised the most exciting up-and-coming young dance talent Ireland has to offer in this fully staged production on Draíocht’s Main Stage.

Dancers Day: Masterclasses
SUN 30 JUN 11AM-3.15PM  €10 per class
As part of the IYDF 2019 activities, there are masterclasses available in Contemporary Dance, Jazz and Hip-Hop.
11AM-12.15PM / Jazz with Anderson De Souza (Brasil) 
12.30PM-1.45PM / Contemporary Dance with Toni Bravo (US)          
2PM-3.15PM / Hip-Hop Fusion with Matt Szczerek (Ireland)
These Masterclasses are FREE for festival participants.

Young Creators Platform
SUN 30 JUN 4PM  Draíocht Studio  Free
Young dancers aged 12-25 years will perform their own choreographic works and share their creativity in front of a supportive audience. Its a great opportunity for young dancers to present their work and get feedback from the audience at the Q&A session after the performance.
Further information about applying for Young Creators Platform from Mariam Ribon at

Booking through Draíocht’s Box Office tel 01-8852622.
For more information about IYDF at Draíocht, contact Sarah Beirne,

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