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Dance Classes

Darlington's Dance Program provides quality dance education to students of all ages in a fun, encouraging and supportive environment. Classes include Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, and more!

Students gain an appreciation of dance and valuable performing experience through participation in weekly classes, holiday in-class performances, and the annual 4 Arts Dance Recital in the Spring. Semester classes & workshops are also available throughout the year -- no competitions, light commitment, lots of fun! We are located in Garnet Valley and convenient to Glen Mills, Chadds Ford, Wilmington, and West Chester.

ALL RECITAL CLASSES: Last day to register for recital classes is January 15, 2020.
*Required dress rehearsal on Friday, May 29, 2020 and Dance Recital on Saturday, May 30, 2020*


Pre-K and Kindergarten

Tiny Tutus (NON-RECITAL CLASS)
Ages: 2-3, Tuesdays, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Our youngest ballerinas are introduced to classical ballet technique, vocabulary and rhythm through games and fairy tale stories.
Teaching Artist: Nashira Council

Session 1: February 4 – March 31, 2020 (9 weeks)
Register before/after Jan. 5: $108/$113
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Session 2: April 14 - June 9, 2020 (8 weeks), exc. 4/28
Register before/after Mar. 3: $104/$99
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Little Dancer Combo
Ages: 3-6, Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
You will be introduced to classical ballet technique and vocabulary as well as the foot articulation, rhythm and sounds of tap.
Teaching Artist: Nashira Council
Skip Dates: 2/17, 4/6, 5/25
REGISTER ONLINE before January 15th


Ballet Prep
Ages: 4-6, Tuesdays, 5:15-6:00 p.m.
You will be introduced to classical ballet technique and vocabulary as well as the foot articulation, rhythm and sounds of tap.
Teaching Artist: Olivia Goodwin
Skip Dates: 2/17, 4/6, 5/25
REGISTER ONLINE before January 15th


Kids and Teens

Beginner Ballet
Ages: 6 & up, Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
You will learn classical ballet technique through exercises at the barre, stretching and center floor work. Emphasis is on improving balance, coordination, posture and strength.
Teaching Artist: Olivia Goodwin
Skip Dates: 4/7
REGISTER ONLINE before January 15th

Ride the School Bus to Darlington for this class


Intermediate Ballet
Ages: 8 & up, Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
You will continue to gain grace and confidence through classical ballet. More advanced techniques and combinations of steps will build strength.
Teaching Artist: Olivia Goodwin
Skip Dates: 4/7
REGISTER ONLINE before January 15th


Advanced Ballet & Pointe
Ages: 11 & up, Tuesdays, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
You will continue to gain grace and confidence through classical ballet and building strength through advanced techniques and combinations of steps. You will begin to explore the exercises and techniques of Pointe!
Teaching Artist: Emily Ackin-O'Mahoney
Skip Dates: 4/7
REGISTER ONLINE before January 15th


Hip Hop Prep
Ages: 5-8, Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
This high energy class develops creative expression, imagination and dance fundamentals through the exploration of traditional and contemporary hip hop/jazz dance styles.
Teaching Artist: Nashira Council
Skip Dates: 1/1, 4/8
REGISTER ONLINE before January 15th


Beginner Hip Hop (Wednesdays)
Ages: 8 & up, Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
You will develop the movement dynamics and energy needed for styles of hip hop from old school to today’s new trends.
Teaching Artist: Nashira Council
Skip Dates: 1/1, 4/8
REGISTER ONLINE before January 15th

Ride the School Bus to Darlington for this class


Beginner Hip Hop (Fridays)
Ages: 8 & up, Fridays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
You will develop the movement dynamics and energy needed for styles of hip hop from old school to today’s new trends.
Teaching Artist: Nashira Council
Skip Dates: 4/10, 5/22
REGISTER ONLINE before January 15th

Ride the School Bus to Darlington for this class


Intermediate Hip Hop
Ages: 10 & up, Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
You will dive deeper into the B-Boy/Girl style! Explore popular break moves, popping and locking, tricks, and street-style hop hop in this high energy class.
Teaching Artist: Nashira Council
Skip Dates: 1/1, 4/8
REGISTER ONLINE before January 15th


Beginner Combo
Ages: 6-8, Thursdays, 4:00-5:15 p.m.

You will be introduced to a wide array of dance styles and learn classical ballet technique, vocabulary, and barre exercises, explore upbeat jazz moves and cover the fundamental rhythms and sounds of tap.
Teaching Artist: Olivia Goodwin
Skip Dates: 3/12/20, 4/9/20
REGISTER ONLINE before January 15th

Ride the School Bus to Darlington for this class


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."


Fitness Classes

To complement Darlington's dance curriculum, we offer classes in fitness to encourage physical activity, flexibility, strength, and balance.


Kids & Teens

Tang Soo Do Karate
Ages: 4 & up, Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Grab your instrument and meet us on stage! Team up with other students, learn to play and even write your own original songs as a band. Drums and piano will be provided. Students may take the bus directly from schools using Garnet Valley School District transportation for this class as part of our After-School Arts Club. Combine this class with our 5:00pm visual arts class Mix It Up!
Teacher: Ted Way

Feb. 8 - June 6, 2020 (16 weeks) (exc. 4/11, 5/23)
Register before/after Jan. 5: $414/$435
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Seniors

SilverSneakers© Classic
Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a SilverSneakers ball are offered for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support.
Teacher: Jackie Tate

Feb. 8 - June 6, 2020 (16 weeks) (exc. 11/27, 11/29, 12/25, 12/27,1/1, 4/8, 4/10, 5/22)
Free for Medicare-eligible members.
Drop-in: $8.50/class for all other participants.
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