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Dublin Dance Festival
# family event guide
Twist and shout: 5 events for mini-movers at Dublin Dance Festival
Including a kid-friendly DJ set in the city centre.

NOW IN ITS 15th year, Dublin Dance Festival returns on May 1st with a jam-packed programme of events.

Running until May 19th, dozens of workshops and performances are scheduled to take place across the city for audiences of all ages.

From a DJ set to a street dance battle, here are five family-friendly events to get little feet moving.

We Are Monchichi: Through a mix of storytelling, hip-hop, classical and contemporary dance, this performance sees two dancers from different cultures and worlds search to find ways to understand each other.

Suits: 7+ years. When: 11 and 12 May. Where: O’Reilly Theatre, 6 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1. Costs: €15 per ticket. Find out more information here.

Tiny Dancer: DJ Donal Dineen hits the decks to get little feet dancing to music from every era as they take over the ‘club’.

Suits: 0-9 years. When: 12 May. Where: Project Arts Centre, 39 Essex St East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Costs: €6 per ticket, under 1s go free. Find out more information here.

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Princesses Can Be Pirates: An energetic and fun-filled performance, Princesses Can Be Pirates questions society’s gender preconceptions in a light-hearted way.

Suits: 4+ years. When: 5 May. Where: Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Costs: free. Find out more information here.

Street Dance Battle: An outdoor celebration of street dance and hip hop, the Top 8 Street Dance Battle will see street dancers from Ireland and abroad take to Meeting House Square for an energy-filled competition. 

Suits: all ages. When: 5 May. Where: Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Costs: €15 admission. Find out more information here

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Children’s Workshop: Led by dancers from Company Wang Ramirez, children at this event (which is suitable for beginners) will learn hip hop and contemporary dance techniques, as well as choreography from W.A.M. We Are Monchichi.

Suits: 7-12 years. When: 11 May. Where: The Ark, 11A Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Costs: €11.50. Find out more information here.

See the full list of events at Dublin Dance Festival here

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