Hartlepool Dance Festival set to begin

Geoff Lucas inside the Town Hall
Geoff Lucas inside the Town Hall

DANCERS are days away from their moment in the Hartlepool spotlight.

The annual Hartlepool Dance Festival runs from Tuesday, May 28, to Sunday, June 1, at the Town Hall Theatre in Raby Road.

Organiser Geoff Lucas said it promised to be “of a very high standard” especially as a dance school from Newcastle would be sending its students for the first time.

The Marron Theatre Arts School would “add a different dynamic to the competition,” said Geoff. “It is a school we do not normally compete against.”

But the new addition would help to ensure a top-class competition among the 900 entries.

The Whit festival promises to be six days of strong competition with representatives of eight dance schools from across the North-East including some from Newcastle, South Shields, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.

Competition will be held from 9am to 9pm on each of the days. Admission is £5 a day for adults or £4 a day for children and senior citizens. Those interested should pay on the door.

Categories of dance covered in the festival include tap, ballet, song and dance, national, acrobatic, modern, and character.There will be solo, duet, trio and group competitions in each section.

The event will include a heat of the Miss Dance of Great Britain competition, one of only 53 heats in the country, with winners going through to the national finals at Blackpool Winter Gardens on Sunday, June 9.

Geoff added: “Our youngest competitor is likely to be aged around two years old and the oldest will be in their early 20s. It will be everyone from complete beginners to people with a lot of experience.”

Organisers are very confident of a huge standard of skill throughout the festival.