Dance2Connect international urban festival Dublin 2018

What is Dance2Connect?

Dance2Connect is an International Urban Dance Festival, which ran over 3 days early February 2018.

It showcased:

  • dance theatre,
  • masterclasses,
  • dance battles,
  • social dance,
  • live jams.

Dance2Connect programme

The festival was curated by dance artist Matt Szczerek as well as presented by himself and  Matthew Williamson.

What is Dance2Connect’s mission?

Its mission is to preserve, strengthen urban dance in our communities through a combination of Hip-Hop culture & dance theatre’s elements.

The festival creates opportunities for the dance community to learn the intricacies of the form through:

  • workshops,
  • performances,
  • exchanges with high-quality professional dancers from France, United Kingdom, Poland & Belgium.

What were the Dance2Connect’s partners?

The festival organisers had partnered with Tallaght Community Arts. Noise Dublin and South Dublin County Council also supported them.

To keep up-to-date with their next festival, like their Facebook fan page.

Dance2Connect shows and partners
Now, let me start with the dance theatre shows running order:

Dance2Connect theatre shows running order

First of all, I have filmed some of the dance theatre acts. Note that these YouTube and Instagram videos are in portrait mode. Consequently, I recommend you to watch them on your mobile phone.

Wait few seconds for the Instagram videos to load.  Then, click on the images to play the videos. I hope you will still enjoy these snippets.

Secondly, there was a Q&A between the dancers and the public after the shows. I took this overall picture of performers.

Dance2Connect Q&A session

Last but not least, this first day ended with a live jam. The below video is an audio-only track.

On the second day of the festival, dance workshops were organised with professional dancers from different hip-hop styles.

Dance2Connect workshops

Finally, the festival was wrapped up with dance battles.

The following live streams come from Ibrahim Kennedy. He has filmed some of the judges’ showcases and dance battles.

And now, let’s get down to the battles between the different participants:


















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