Hundreds will dance in town festival

Geoff Lucas
Geoff Lucas

FIVE days of fantastic dance are on the way in the second major festival to come to town this year.

The annual Hartlepool Dance Festival runs from Tuesday, May 28, to Sunday, June 1, at the Town Hall Theatre in Raby Road.

Known as the Whit festival, it will feature representatives of eight dance schools from across the North-East including some from Newcastle, South Shields, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.

Organisers are expecting around 900 entries, just weeks after they hosted the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) Festival, in April.

Organiser Geoff Lucas said: “The first set of entries have just come in and we are expecting a lot more.

“We usually get at least three dance schools from Hartlepool who put in entries and there will be others from further afield.”

Competition will be held from 9am to 9pm on each of the days and Geoff is hoping the public will support the event.

Admission is £5 a day for adults or £4 a day for children and senior citizens. Those interested should pay on the door and Geoff stressed: “Once you have paid, you don’t have to pay again to get back in.”

Categories of dance covered in the festival include tap, ballet, song and dance, national, acrobatic, modern, and character.

There will be solo, duet, trio and group competitions in each section.

Geoff added: “Our youngest competitor is likely to be aged around two years old and the oldest will be in their early 20s. It will be everyone from complete beginners to people with a lot of experience.”

Organisers say they are very confident of a huge standard of skill throughout the festival.

Geoff said: “It is usually a very good standard and we are hopeful of a very good turnout.”

Watch out for more details on the event in next week’s column.