Mass Dance 4There will be dancing in the streets this weekend for the annual Darlington Dance Festival Association Market Place Event and Mass Dance.

Dancers from across the area have been busy rehearsing for the annual event which will take place on Saturday 2 July in Darlington Market Square, 1-2pm.

The festival will bring together professional and amateur dancers of all types and abilities to share their love of dancing. Dance Schools and community groups have been busy learning the mass dance, choreographed by Darrien Wright, of DanceWright Studio and Debbie Harbin, of The D Project Dance Company, in their local schools, dance schools and in the Dolphin Centre.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Darlington, Councillors Brian and Doris Jones , will open the event at 1pm and highlights will include performances from Latin, Urban and Contemporary professional dancers from all over the country including Darlington’s Salsa group lead by Gregory Abouna and  Darlington’s Zumba Gold will also lead a small workshop for all ages.

Local dance schools taking part include, DanceWright Studio, Danceland, Tiffany School of Dance, Rachel Coad School of Dance, Darlington Dolls Cheer Squad, Red Hall Dance Company, Toni’s Academy of Dance, Piermont School of Dance, Seven Performance Dance Company, Kellen Dance Academy, Dance Central, Joanne Lowe School of Dance, STAGE, The D Project Dance Company, ArtSpark, Rachel Harrison School of Dance, Texas Toe Tappers, Happy Tappers, Sonya Marie Academy of Dance and Inspire Beyond.

The event has been supported by Darlington Dance Association, Darlington Borough Council, Pearson Design & Print, Dance Wright, the D Project Dance Company, Tees Valley Dance and Northumbrian Living Water.

The association did not receive any funding for the event this year and is hoping to receive support from all involved and the general public to continue this fantastic event for years to come. For information on how you can help and support the event please contact darlingtonfa@gmail.com or via the Darlington Dance Festival Facebook page.