Dance classes move offstage to online

Darlington Hippodrome is offering online dance and drama classes for young people and adults, starting April 2020 (photo of Darlington Hippodrome Youth Dance: credit Scott Akoz).

The theatre’s regular online dance and drama classes for young people and adults aim to help them keep active in body, mind and spirit during this period of social distancing.

Three groups for ages 7 to 13+
Hippodrome Youth Theatre sessions explore a range of theatre techniques and styles. Sessions start with warm-up games and exercises to engage the creativity of the group and encourage teamwork. Sessions are in three age groups: 7 to 10 years on Mondays from 3.30pm to 5pm; 10 to 13 years on Thursdays from 3.30pm to 5pm; and 13+ years on Thursdays from 5pm to 6.30pm.

Run in partnership with The D Project, Hippodrome Youth Dance sessions include Mix It Up Dance for ages 7-11, Contemporary Dance and an open Ballet and Body Conditioning session for ages 9+.

These online classes are open to existing and new participants on a ‘donate what you decide’ basis. As part of the booking process, individuals will be given the option to donate to the Hippodrome’s A Place For Everyone fund, an initiative with the aim of opening up theatre to audiences, practitioners and performers, regardless of social, physical or economic barriers.

Adult classes
The new Adult Dance Fitness sessions will be fun movement-and-exercise sessions to music, aimed at maintaining stamina, strength and flexibility whilst keeping spirits high! The first session will take place over Zoom on Tuesday 28 April 2020 at 7.30pm.

  • To sign up for any of the theatre, dance or fitness sessions please visit the Take Part page of the Hippodrome website www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk