VIDEO: Festival of dance sees hundreds visit Hartlepool

A FESTIVAL of fantastic dance took place in Hartlepool.

Between 900 and 1,000 people took part in the Hartlepool Stage Festival at the Town Hall Theatre in Raby Road.

Dance competition at the Town Hall Theatre.

Dance competition at the Town Hall Theatre.

As well as competitors from Hartlepool, the best from Newcastle, South Shields and Middlesbrough performed in a contest which has been a mainstay on the Hartlepool calendar since the 1970s.

Contestants battled it out in categories including tap, ballet, modern, character, song and dance, national and acro.

They also competed as solos, duets, trios as well as groups.