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The Dance Outreach Programme

Satellite is the name for the dance department’s outreach programme of activity. Satellite was set up to help connect the work of the University dance department to the community, wider education sector and the professional sector. It acts as a hub to bring together the research interests of staff, develop professional practice and profile and promote dance to the wider community. In doing so it creates many exciting opportunities for students to gain first hand experience of professional projects.


Initially the work began with a series of projects running in parallel to the degree course designed to; provide opportunities for young people to engage in creative dance activity; create and profile professional performance work; develop external partnerships and profile excellent practice in creative dance work. The work has now become a key part of the dance culture at the University of Ulster ensuring that the course has strong links across Northern Ireland and beyond.


All projects delivered by the Satellite programme act as a resource for professional training. They allow opportunities for students to shadow professional dance artists, observe practice and/or participate.  As a result previous students have developed professional contacts or found areas of interest that have helped shape their current careers.  For further information about Satellite please contact Sandie Fisher:


Examples of Satellite projects


The Fairy’s Tale - a partnership project working with dance company Assault Events. The project commissioned a new piece of dance theatre specifically for family audiences and involved an extensive outreach programme.


Dance Apprenticeship Scheme - a unique training project in partnership with Northern Irish Dance Artist Dylan Quinn alongside charitable organisation Art 4 Change. The project enabled 4 final year students an apprenticeship with the company as performers and workshop leaders. It provided a realistic experience of working within Dance in Education/Dance in the Community. One student has since graduated and works full time for the company as a Community Dance Artist.


Frameworks for Dance Symposium - a dance symposium gathering dance professionals, students, graduates and academics together for discussion, debate and practical activity exploring current issues relevant to professional dance practice.

Press release here

Alibi - a partnership project with dance company Assault Events. The company led by Ulster Dance Lecturer Sandie Fisher created a new piece of dance theatre for clubs and bars as part of research into accessibility and excellence in dance.

Review here

HE FE Connected - The dance department facilitated a visit from guest artist Melanie Stewart, Artistic Director of Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre, Philadelphia and Director of the Philadelphia New Festival. Melanie provided training opportunities for staff and students as well as performing a new work made during participation in a Deborah Hay solo commissioning project.


Feedback - an innovative pilot project exploring Dance and Creative Technology as a tool for creating and documenting performance work. The project worked closely with performing arts students from FE Colleges in Northern Ireland.


WHSCT Scholarship Programme - a dance in education project delivered in partnership with The Western Health and Social Care Trust. This project offers a mentored scholarship programme enabling students to gain experience of facilitating dance workshops for primary and secondary level schools.


Widening Access Sports Scholarship Scheme - a mentored scholarship programme for undergraduate students offering the opportunity to gain experience of leading dance workshops. This project is delivered in partnership with the University Sports Outreach team.

Further information here




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