Festival for schools

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A DANCE festival which attracted 1,100 competitors has been described as a huge success.

Dance schools from all over the North-East were represented at the British Association of Teachers of Dance Festival held all this week at the Town Hall Theatre in Raby Road, Hartlepool.

They came from Middlesbrough, Durham and Darlington as well as Hartlepool and saw keen entrants compete in categories such as tap, ballet, modern and song and dance.

Categories covering national character and acrobatic also had titles up for grabs.

The organiser of the event was Geoff Lucas who also runs the Elwick Academy of Dance, in Hartlepool.

He said: “The standard has been very high and the dancers were really competitive.

“You tend to get good work all over the country but we find that the North East is as strong as anywhere.

“It is as strong as the festivals that you get in London. The children are both competitive and they seem to have a lot of drive.”

Around 1,100 dance performances were seen during the course of the festival which lasted for a week.