D2C Festival

March 1st – 7th 2021

Dance2Connect Festival is coming back bigger and better in 2021 with a mix of live and online events. Check out our Lab, Workshops, Films, Panels, Battles and more!

D2C is a partnership project between The Civic, Tallaght Community Arts, South Dublin County Council and Dance Ireland. Dance2Connect is kindly Funded by Arts Council Ireland.




TOP TABLE | Documentary Panel

Streaming Friday 5th March @8pm

A pre recorded documentary capturing the stories, insights and experiences of 4 street dance leaders from around the globe – Produced by D2C. 

Delivered in the form of interviews Top Table presents the viewer with an opportunity to discover the rich history of these dance styles, through personal stories from artists who have been a part of the street dance community for decades, as leaders, innovators, educators and legends to many young aspiring dancers worldwide.

Presented by Matt Szczerek and Jack Bain Top Table invites:

Krump | Jr Slam

Tutting | 2Face

House | Marie Kaae

Breakin  | Matthew Williamson



Sign up is live from March 1st

Live through zoom Sat 6th March

House Marie Kaae

Tutting 2Face

Krump Jr Slam

Breakin Matthew Williamson


Sat 6th March @8pm


1 – Maria Juranic  | DREAMERS 


2 – Tobi Omoteso | DEPARTURE

Directed by: Stephen Hall & Tobi Omoteso Filmed by: Stephen Hall

3 – Piotr Abramowicz | YOU WANTED RIVERS

dancers. Anita Sawicka, Piotr Simba Abramowicz dir. Magdalena Zielinska dop. Mateusz Kanownik edit. Mateusz Kanownik, Magdalena Zielińska sound design. Wojciech Pawluczuk / Grenade Sound Studio color grade. Piotr Putko music. Dictaphone – Opening Night Water Drumming – Baka Women /courtesy of globalmusicexchange.org Special thanks creativetools.pl

4 – Karen Gleeson | HEAR MY HANDS

Choreographed and performed by: Karen Gleeson Directed and Edited by: Dermot Marrey Sound and Music by: Eoin Murphy Cinematography by: Oisin McFarland Set Design by: Megan Robinson Costume by: Katie Davenport

5 – Max Revell | MY FOOLISH HEART

Performer (Max Revell )Videographer (Declan Creffield) Music (Bill Evans – My Foolish Heart)

Included in the D2C package available online from 6th – 12th March 


BATTLES | Online

Sun 7th March | Worldwide

Experimental Battle | Tasks & concepts

This battle will challenge the participants ability to improvise and make creative decisions, using elements of story telling, props and conceptual thinking. 

Preliminary round 1 | Post a 1 minute video to the track of your choice tagging #d2cexperiment (Concept to be revealed on the 1st of March)

Preliminary round 2 | After we choose the top 32 you will be asked to post another 1 min video with a different task so we can narrow it down to the top 16. (4th of March)

Sunday 7th of March Battle | With the top 16 selected we will host a Zoom Battle where contestants will have to dance on a live stream against their opponent.

1st place €200

2nd place €150

3rd place €100 

There are no restrictions of the style that you are representing. You will be judged on your ability to fulfil the tasks that are given and on your individual approach to it.
Good luck !! D2C Team



Laois youth dance ensemble | LOSING FEATHERS

Freedom is an opened window’ A dance film by Laois Youth Dance Ensemble. Directed and choreographed by Erica Pessanha Borges in collaboration with John Scott (Irish Modern Dance Theatre) Filmed and edited by Kristian Mantalvanos Visual Arts: Caroline Conway

James Airey (Slayer) | KILLING TIME

Killing Time is a short film depicting a teenager waiting for his train to arrive to take him to school. As a dancer he passes the time by moving and interacting with the environment, using the shelter and his backpack as dance props. He becomes so absorbed by his dance that he almost misses the train. This 14 year old dancer uses a fusion of popping and contemporary dance to give insight into his life as a young dancer faced with the boredom and isolation of a life in lockdown where his only stage is the local train station.

Limerick youth dance | THE MAGIC SHOP

This dance film was funded by the Young Ensemble Scheme, Arts Council Ireland and is an age-inclusive dance film incorporating Contemporary Dance and Hip-Hop elements exploring the message of being one’s own hero. LYDC was inspired by the message in the music; that when times are hard, there is a space within where you can cultivate strength, foster connection and share that with others. (LYDC, alongside our child protection policy, has signed permission from the guardians of every young person in this film that their image may be used and distributed.)

And a special digital youth dance project in collaboration with our festival partner Tallaght Community Arts | BREAK THRU

Break Thru Youth Dance Project
Over the month of February 19 young dancers from Tallaght and Clondalkin have
participated in Break Thru Youth Dance Project for Dance2Connect Festival ’21.
Working online the young people started with a Master Workshop led by D2C Festival
Director, Matt Szczerek. Working then with Dance Faciltator, Carla Fazio they developed
and filmed their short dance moves to a soundtrack by Rudi Genbrugge.
These dance moves have been edited together by videographer Shane Ryan Croasdell.
Break Thru Youth Dance Project was produced by Tallaght Community Arts for
Dance2connect Festival.

Choreography and Performed by; Mogbeke Akinyemi, Chloe Gibson, Darren Gibson, Zara Mclean, Jebbie Ohaekelehem, Nezie Ohaekelehem, Niamh Reilly, Róisín Reilly, Saoirse Reilly, Isabella Taylor, Baroness Esi Toah, Meso Ugochukwu, Tochi Ugochukwu, Ugonna Ugochukwu.
Additional workshop participants; Elizabeth Adebesin, Kyle Cunnane, Ellie Hassett, Aristote Mabeto, Miriame Mabeto

Master Workshop Dance Instructor – Matt Szczerek
Project Co-ordinator and Workshop Facilitator – Carla Fazio
Videographer- Shane Ryan Croasdell
Community liaison – Patricia Toah – Mac Uilliams Community Liaison
Thanks – Lucy Peprah – Community Development. South Dublin County Partnership
Break Thru project produced by Tallaght Community Arts


Battle Entry – Workshops – Access to Films – Top Table

Package is live from March 1st

D2C LAB 2021

D2C LAB | 1-5 March @DanceIreland

Mentor | Anthony Missen | Company Chameleon

This years LAB will take place online so we are delighted to be able to extend this opportunity to international dancers.


D2C LAB aims to provide a space for street dancers and contemporary dancers to come together and share technical knowledge and approaches to performance. This years mentor – Anthony Missen – will encourage critical engagement with personal practice from a theoretical perspective. Countering this will be a wealth of practical work, where each participant will have the opportunity to delve into their own choreographic practice as well as learn from exposure to the methods of others in the group.

Check out last years D2C LAB with Marso Riviere


Our Mission Statement

Now in it’s Fourth Year Dance2Connect is Ireland’s first and only festival dedicated to Street Dance within the context of Contemporary Arts. We are committed to supporting professional and emerging dance artists who locate their practice at the intersection between Street Dance and Contemporary Dance Theatre.

Check out our previous Festivals

Dance2Connect Partners are a key resource and an invaluable asset to the Festival.

The Civic | The Civic’s Mission is to mount an artistic and challenging programme of contemporary and classical Irish and international work in Theatre, Dance, Opera and Music for the community of South Dublin county and environs.

Tallaght Community Arts | We place participation at the heart of our work. This enables us to actively explore ideas of who can be involved in the making of art. We bring people together to explore their creativity. We believe that by putting each individual at the centre of the creative process we can challenge, inform and transform. We often work with people not well represented in our society. We commission new works and seed projects across South Dublin County opening up the transforming power of the arts to a diverse group of participants and audiences. As a participatory arts organisation we create work in the heart of communities; in schools, community gardens, football stadiums and individual people’s homes – as well as in designated arts spaces.

Dance Ireland | We put the dance artist at the centre of all that we do. We respond to the needs and ideas of the dance community and take the lead in advocating for and exemplifying the conditions and environment in which dance will thrive as a profession, a practice and a passion.

Every day in our studios, people explore new ways to express themselves through dance. We encourage and champion that spirit of inquiry which seeks to learn, to grow, to try something new.  By doing so, we seek to build audiences for dance, inspire confident participation and progress professional practice.

In partnership with The Civic, Tallaght Community Arts and Dance Ireland, Dance2Connect is kindly funded by The Art’s Council’s Festival Investment Scheme


Matt Szczerek is Artistic Director and Curator for Dance2Connect Festival.

Matt is Director and founding member of Human Collective Dance Company. He is also a performer with Kundle Cru – An International touring Company that fuzes dance, Theatre and Circus.

Cathy Coughlan is Producer and Manager for Dance2Connect Festival.

Cathy is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is supported by Arts Council Ireland. She is also Project Potential Coordinator at Project Arts Centre – Ireland’s leading Centre for Contemporary Art’s.

Jack Bain is Co- Curator and Artist Coordinator for Dance2Connect Festival.

Jack is Artistic Director and founder of Dance2Connect Manchester. He is also an associate performer with Human Collective Dance Company and Kundle Cru.

Jacek Snochowski is Technical Manager for Dance2Connect Festival. Jacek, better known as bboy Armstrong, is a dancer, film maker and videographer. He is also the creative director of Fruit Frame Production Company.