A DANCE festival – which is thought to be the longest running in the region – is back again this year.
The annual British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) Festival, held at the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, Hartlepool, will return at Easter.
It will run from Sunday, April 13, to Good Friday which is on Friday, April 18.
Hundreds of competitors from dance schools in the Hartlepool and Middlesbrough areas are expected to be there for an event which is seen as one of the most prestigious in the calendar.
And festival organiser Geoff Lucas is looking forward to a competition which has now been running for 41 years.
Geoff, who also owns and runs the Elwick Academy of Dance/Northern Arts Academy, said: “It has become a long-standing tradition to hold this. It has been going since 1973 and I think it is the old festival in the area.
“We do it for the children so that they have somewhere to perform.”
Geoff has constantly praised the talent of competitors down the years as outstanding.
This year’s festival will run from 9am to 9pm each day, with competitors battling it out in categories including tap, ballet, modern, character, song and dance, national and acro.
They will compete as solos, duets, trios as well as groups, and Geoff said: “We have something to cater for every category from one person to 20.” Months of preparation go into the event.
Geoff added: “We have got the adjudicator, the hall is booked and the entries are out.
“The hard work really starts when the entries come in.”
Admission fee for the public to watch the competition is £5.
The Hartlepool Mail will be there to capture the competition.
Watch out for more details in the pages of Dance Fever in the coming weeks.