Mass Dance


Market Square
Horsemarket, Darlington, DL1 5RP

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May 20 2018


13:00 - 15:00




Darlington Dance Festival

Darlington Dance Festival Mass Dance 2018

Choreographed by Debbie Harbin of the D project and Darrien Wright of Dance Wright Studios, the theme for this year’s dance festival is “Express Yourself”.

Last year’s event saw 800 dancers strut their stuff in the Market Place and this year the organisers, Darlington Dance Festival Association, want more people than ever to get involved, especially those who don’t dance or may have been affected by mental health issues.

The event aims to promote awareness of mental health and share how dancing can improve your mental health and wellbeing. So many people are affected by mental ill health at some point in their life and we don’t want to hide it we want people to talk, dance and most of all feel good.

Darrien Wright of Dance Wright Studio said: “This is a unique event and we want everyone to join us, to express yourself! Feel the benefits of dance and be part of an amazing community event, come and have a go.”

Joanne Scott Chair of the Dance Festival Association said: “Darlington is so lucky to have an event like this that brings everyone together as one community. The market place is brought to life with such a buzz that the mass dance creates and this always amazes me.

“And this year is a chance to do something special at the same time and raise awareness of mental health issues and how dancing can have a positive impact on our wellbeing.”

The Dance schools and groups taking part so far are Toni’s Academy of Dance, Keep Fit Association, Tiffany School of Dance, Joanne Lowe School of Dance, Stage, Hurworth Street Dance, Sonya Marie Academy of Dance , Texas Toe Tappers, Rachel Coad School of Dance, Happy Tappers, Red Hall Dance Company, Pierremont School of Dance, Leaps and Beatz, Seven Performance Company, Rachel V Harrison School of Dance, ArtsSpark, Kellen School of Dance, Born To Dance, Darlington Dolls Cheers Squad, Inspire Beyond and Dance Wright Studio.

The event is organised by Darlington Dance Festival Association, a voluntary group which comes together to get Darlo dancing. For more info contact the Dance Festival Association by email at or visit the Facebook page.

Photo by Scott Akoz from the 2017 Mass Dance