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The D Project delivers many community projects for all ages and abilities. Search our full range of community classes on our timetable here.


Darlington Hippodrome

Hippodrome Youth Dance provides a safe, welcoming environment for young people aged 7 to 18 to develop their dance skills and techniques leading to regular performance opportunities.


Due to the lockdown, Zoom has now become our new temporary studio. Hippodrome Youth Dance classes are currently active online at the same times, whilst still offering young people ways to create and move in their own space. 

A number of Youth Dance sessions are available each term exploring a range of styles, led by professional dance teachers. The D Project delivers 2 options for our youth dance sessions.

For more information on dance with ArtsSpark please contact Lyndsey Middleton, Arts Engagement Officer, on 01325 348874 or CLICK THE LINK BELOW for more information.

‘Mix It Up’ Dance

Mondays: 4.00pm5.00pm

Ages 7-11 
(school years 3, 4, 5 and 6)


Contemporary Dance

Wednesdays: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Ages 11+

Wednesdays: 7:15pm - 9:15pm

Ages 14+



Zoom (Saint Aiden's Academy)

The D Project works intensively to create pathways for gifted dancers with our Foundation Programme- Offering young people access to high-level dance training with the goal of preparing them for further opportunities in Contemporary Dance.


The aim of this programme is to train young dancers in Contemporary and Ballet with the longer-term aim of preparing to audition for Dance City’s CAT if they choose to, as well as providing the necessary progression routes for each individual. (For more information on Dance City’s CAT please refer to their website or speak to Debbie.)


Ballet and Body Conditioning: 5:00pm – 6:00pm


Contemporary and Creative:




Helix Arts 

Falling on your Feet is a dance and health programme delivered in partnership with Helix Arts for people aged 65+ who are living independently.


Regular workshops lead to high quality co-choreographed pieces which wow local audiences. Participants have fun, get fitter and make new friends.


From August 2020 participants will be able to access these classes for free from the safety of their own homes via Zoom. 


Find out more via Helix Arts' website here. 

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