Hippodrome Youth Dance

Hippodrome Youth Dance

Run in partnership with The D Project, Hippodrome Youth Dance includes Mix It Up Dance for ages 7-11, progressing to Contemporary Dance for ages 11 and over. Sessions take place in Darlington Hippodrome's dedicated Education Space.  

Mix It Up Dance for ages 7-11

Mix It Up introduces children to lots of different dance styles, from musical theatre to street dance, whilst developing a strong technical foundation. It stretches the creative imaginations of the children and encourages them to develop their own choreography. A fantastic class for children new to dance, or those who just can’t stop moving!

Contemporary Dance for ages 11+ and 14+

Contemporary dance is a fluid expressive style that can create a variety of performance work – from high octane energy to soft, gentle movement. These fun creative classes equip young people with excellent dance skills and techniques, working towards exciting performances opportunities. Young people are encouraged to develop their own creative ideas and choreography, and regularly have the chance to perform.

Foundation Dance Programme for ages 9+

Run in partnership with The D Project, this programme trains young gifted dancers in contemporary and ballet with the long term aim of preparing them to audition for Dance City’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) and other dance training routes. The programme consists of a weekly 1 hour ballet, strength and stretch class and a 2 hour contemporary technique and creative class. This class is by invitation and audition only. Please contact debbie@thedproject.co.uk to request an audition or for more information.

For all classes except Foundation Dance

Term Dates spring 2019 

Start of term: week commencing 14 January
Half term: week commencing 18 February
End of term: week commencing 25 March

Term Dates summer 2019 

Start of term: week commencing 22 April (no class on Bank Holiday Monday)
Half term: week commencing 27 May
End of term: week commencing 1 July

Mix It Up Dance

Ages 7-11 
Mondays 4.30pm-5.30pm
£32.50 per term


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Contemporary Dance 11+

Ages 11+
Wednesdays 4.30pm-6.30pm
£45 per term


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Contemporary Dance for ages 14+

Ages 14+
Wednesdays 6.30pm-8.30pm
£45 per term


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Foundation Dance Programme

Ages 9+
Audition only
Ballet and contemporary

Contact Debbie.Harbin@thedproject.co.uk to request an audition or for more information.

Booking Your Place

Before clicking on 'Book Your Place' above, please fill out the information form at the bottom of this page. Please note that filling out the information form will not secure you a space on the course. You can secure your space by clicking 'Book Your Place' and following the process through to payment. 

Trial Sessions and Concessions


Concessionary rates are available for low income families and children from the looked after sector, providing a 20% discount. Young people who attend more than one course per term receive a 20% discount on their second course.  

Concessions cannot currently be booked online; please telephone the box office on 01325 405405. 

Trial sessions

New starters are invited to attend the first session prior to paying so they can try before they buy, after which the full payment for the term is required. Booking is required for trial sessions; these cannot currently be booked online so please telephone the box office on 01325 405405. 

For more information...

Please contact Lyndsey Middleton, Audience Development and Participation Officer, on 01325 405510 or lyndsey.middleton@darlington.gov.uk.

Youth Theatre and Dance Booking Form

Contact Details
If you want to type a date of birth in rather than using the picker you will need to enter it in the following format. '31 August 2017'

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