Dance Classes | 2024-2025

Darlington's Dance Program provides quality dance education to students of all ages in a fun, encouraging and supportive environment. Students gain an appreciation of dance and valuable performing experience through participation in weekly classes. Darlington offers Academic Year classes, Semester classes, and Workshops throughout the year. We are located in Garnet Valley and convenient to Glen Mills, Chadds Ford, Wilmington, and West Chester.

Academic Year classes participate in Darlington's Spring Dance Recital held offsite in June 2025. Upon registration, each student will be charged a $90 dance recital fee. This fee includes the cost of the dance recital costume and up to six recital tickets. Additional tickets can be prepaid closer to the dance recital date. Recital costumes will be selected by teachers and shared with parents.

Semester classes and Workshops do not participate in the annual dance recital. These classes and workshops are intended to be light commitment and tons of fun!

Please click here to see our recommended dance attire for each class!

Because we are a member-supported center for the arts, a non-refundable Family Membership of $75, valid from September 1 through August 31, is required to enroll in all activities (exceptions are noted and include all workshops) and will be pro-rated to $40 for activities beginning after March 1. The Family Membership may be tax-deductible and allows Darlington to maintain facilities, provide excellent administration, care for our instruments and studios, and fulfill our mission to provide Every Art for Everyone.

The health of our students and staff at Darlington are of utmost importance.   Please click on the link to learn more about our policies set in place to ensure proper safety and social distancing protocols onsite.

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Pre-K and Kindergarten (Non-recital classes)

Tiny Tutus (Saturdays)  
Ages: 2-3, Saturdays, 9:00am-9:30am
Our youngest ballerinas are introduced to classical ballet technique, vocabulary and rhythm through games and fairy tale stories.
Teaching Artist: Darlington Teaching Artist

Fall Session 1: September 14, 2024 – November 16, 2024 (9 weeks)
Skip Dates:
10/12/24
Price Before/After July 8: $134/$141
REGISTER ONLINE

Fall Session 2: November 23, 2024 – February 1, 2025 (9 weeks)
Skip Dates: 11/30/24, 12/28/24
Price Before/After July 8: $134/$141
REGISTER ONLINE


A Whole New Twirl  

Ages: 3-6, Saturdays, 9:30am-10:30am
Step into your favorite Disney Princess movie! Come learn to dance like your favorite characters! From classic films like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast to newer additions like Frozen and Encanto, you’ll be dancing like royalty! You’ll get to show off your dances for family and friends on the last day. No dance experience or special dance shoes required!
Teaching Artist: Darlington Teaching Artist

Fall Session 1: September 14, 2024 – November 16, 2024 (9 weeks)
Skip Dates:
10/12/24
Price Before/After July 8: $201/$211
REGISTER ONLINE

Fall Session 2: November 23, 2024 – February 1, 2025 (9 weeks)
Skip Dates: 11/30/24, 12/28/24
Price Before/After July 8: $201/$211
REGISTER ONLINE


Kids and Teens (Recital classes)

Beginner Hip Hop
Ages: 8-11, Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Young dancers will develop the movement dynamics and energy needed for styles of hip hop from old school to today’s new trends. Garnet Valley students may be bused to Darlington as part of our Afterschool Club!
Teaching Artist: Darlington Teaching Artist

September 11, 2024 – June 11, 2025
Skip Dates: 11/27/24, 12/25/24, 1/1/25, 3/19/25, 4/16/25
Price Before/After July 8: $757/$796
REGISTER ONLINE


Intermediate Hip Hop

Ages: 10-13, Wednesdays, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Dancers will dive deeper into the B-Boy/Girl style! Explore popular break moves, popping and locking, tricks, and street-style hip hop in this high-energy class.
Teaching Artist: Darlington Teaching Artist

September 11, 2024 – June 11, 2025
Skip Dates: 11/27/24, 12/25/24, 1/1/25, 3/19/25, 4/16/25
Price Before/After July 8: $757/$796
REGISTER ONLINE

 

Mini Poms
Ages: 6-9, Wednesdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Dream of growing up to be a dance team member or cheerleader? Combine dance with upbeat music and the fun of poms! Dancers will learn the basics of jazz dance and pom technique in this energetic class!
Teaching Artist: Emily Ackin-O'Mahoney

September 11, 2024 – June 11, 2025
Skip Dates: 11/27/24, 12/25/24, 1/1/25, 3/19/25, 4/16/25
Price Before/After July 8: $757/$796
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Pom & Lyrical Jazz Combo
Ages: 10-13, Wednesdays, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Jump into the world of jazz dance with two different styles in one class! Dance your emotions with lyrical jazz, then pump up the energy with sharpness and poms! All while learning a great foundation of dance technique.
Teaching Artist: Emily Ackin-O'Mahoney

September 11, 2024 – June 11, 2025
Skip Dates: 11/27/24, 12/25/24, 1/1/25, 3/19/25, 4/16/25
Price Before/After July 8: $757/$796
REGISTER ONLINE

 

Beginner Tap
Ages: 7-9, Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Students in tap learn technique, speed, clarity of sounds, tempo, and combinations in the basic movements of tap such as standard time steps, shuffles, flaps, etc. This class offers students the opportunity to focus on their coordination and musical awareness using a variety of music styles such as Broadway show tunes, pop or rock. Garnet Valley students may be bused to Darlington as part of our Afterschool Club!
Teaching Artist: Darlington Teaching Artist

September 12, 2024 – June 12, 2025
Skip Dates: 10/3/24, 11/28/24, 12/26/24, 3/20/25, 4/17/25
Price Before/After July 8: $757/$796
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Ballet I with Contemporary

Ages: 7-9, Thursdays, 5:00pm-6:00pm
In Ballet I, emphasis is placed on technique, and students learn exercises at the barre. Students focus on center work and stretching as they progress in strength and musicality. Contemporary fuses various dance styles from funk to ballet. After basic jazz and modern-style warm-up exercises, students learn to express their creative selves while concentrating on having fun and building strength, rhythm, and lyricism.
Teaching Artist: Darlington Teaching Artist

September 12, 2024 – June 12, 2025
Skip Dates: 10/3/24, 11/28/24, 12/26/24, 3/20/25, 4/17/25
Price Before/After July 8: $757/$796
REGISTER ONLINE


Teens (Non-recital classes)

Leaps & Turns Technique for Teens
Ages: 14-19, Wednesdays, 8:00pm-9:00pm
Want a dance class with a particular focus? Looking to improve your dance technique? This semester class will focus on the dance technique of leaps and turns. Come join like-minded teen dancers in a creative, safe environment to improve your technique.
Teacher: Emily Ackin-O'Mahoney

September 11, 2024 – January 29, 2025
Fall Semester Skip Dates: 11/27/24, 12/25/24, 1/1/25
Price Before/After July 8: $401/$422
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Private Dance Instruction

Experienced instructors can help students of all ages and levels begin or improve their technique. To schedule your lessons, call the Registrar at (610) 358-3632.


Why Darlington?
"It is FUN, not competitive!"

"The focus is on the dancers and the art of dance"

"After four years of ballet with [our dance teacher], we just can't say enough about her! Our daughter adores her. And not just because she's "nice"... My daughter sees the value of attention to detail, personal effort, dedication, and the beauty of dance because of [our teacher]'s high standards and good teaching." - Angela, Chadds Ford

"Creativity in dance classes, small class sizes"

"The instructor. She kept my child engaged and wanting to learn more. It brought a tear to my eye watching my child practice her heart out and wanting to go back to class to show her teacher what she has learned. You a have phenomenal teacher that truly is passionate about what she does and it shows in each child that takes her class."