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500 dancers head for town festival

Karen Liddle School of Dance Junior Students who recently performed at Sadlers Wells Theatre London and will be performing at the February dance festival.

Karen Liddle School of Dance Junior Students who recently performed at Sadlers Wells Theatre London and will be performing at the February dance festival.

UP to 500 dancers will converge on a Hartlepool theatre for a festival.

The 15th Karen Liddle February Dance Festival will be held at the Town Hall Theatre in Raby Road from Monday, February 18, to Wednesday, February 20.

Contestants will be battling it out from 9am to 4pm each day in categories which include tap, modern stage, song and dance, ballet, national, character and acro.

And at the end of it all, there will be presentations to the best competitors.

Organiser Karen Liddle said: “It is lovely that a lot of children will come together from different towns and they are good friends.

“It brings different schools together. Even they are not from the same dance schools, it is great that the children get to mix with each other.”

Children aged from two upwards will take part and the schools involved include some from Hartlepool as well as others from Greatham, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Durham.

Karen said that training for the competition lasts all year round. She added: “We always try and make this a festival with a nice atmosphere, and with everyone being nice and friendly.

“I am looking forward to it. It gives the children something to look forward to in the half-term holidays.

“And the more that they perform, the more confident they get which is what it is all about.”

Karen, who has organised the competition for 15 years, has celebrated 25 years in the dance sector herself this year.

Anyone can come along and watch the festival which costs £3.50 for adults and £3 for children and those on concessions. Tickets allow people to go in and out of the theatre as much as they want on the day.

They will be available on the door.

 

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