Hartlepool Stage Festival takes place

Hartlepool Stage Festival at the Town Hall Theatre, Hartlepool on Tuesday

Hartlepool Stage Festival at the Town Hall Theatre, Hartlepool on Tuesday

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Dancers galore are gracing the stage this week in a competition regarded as one of the most prestigious in the region.

Schools from Hartlepool and South Shields, as well as from dance schools in the Middlesbrough and Newcastle areas, were being represented at the Hartlepool Stage Festival.

It is a high standard and I always look forward to it. There is a nice, friendly atmosphere and good competition

Geoff Lucas, dance festival organiser

It started yesterday and will see more than 1,000 routines performed before it closes at the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, Hartlepool, on Friday.

Organiser Geoff Lucas said: “It is a high standard and I always look forward to it. There is a nice, friendly atmosphere and good competition.”

Schools which are represented at the festival include the Jill Cooper Academy and the Elwick Academy of Dance from Hartlepool, Lumsdale in South Shields, and students from Middlesbrough and Newcastle.

Each day’s dancing lasts from around 9am to 9pm with sections such as tap, ballet, modern, song and dance, acrobatic and national among the styles to be performed. Categories include solos, diets, trios and troupes.

And the public is welcome to come along to watch it all.

The cost is £5.50 per adult, and £4.40 for children and people on concessions. The admission fee entitles people to one day’s admission to the festival.

People can pay on the door to watch a full day of competition.