Feast of talent on show at Hartlepool dance festival

TALENTED dancers are testing out their skills during six days of competition in Hartlepool.

The annual British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) Festival is under way at the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road.

The annual BATD dance festival at the Town Hall Thetre.

The annual BATD dance festival at the Town Hall Thetre.

One thousand entries have been received for the contest which is the longest running in the region, and stretches back 41 years.

And for those who missed the action so far, there’s still time to go along. The competition started yesterday but continues until Good Friday, with organiser Geoff Lucas expecting between 1,000 and 1,200 entries for the event.

Dance schools in the Hartlepool and Middlesbrough areas are involved in categories including tap, ballet, and modern dance.

There are also sections for character, song and dance, national and acro styles of dancing.

Dancers will compete as solos, duets, trios as well as groups, and the public are welcome to go along and watch all the action.

The event will last from 9am to 10pm on most days.

Admission fee for the public to watch the competition is £5 for adults and £4 for children and OAPs. The fee is payable on the door.

The Hartlepool Mail will be there to capture the spectacle of the competition.

Watch out for more photographs of the action in the paper soon.