Dance/Fitness Classes | Winter/Spring 2023-2024

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. Semester classes & workshops are 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.

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, 10:00am-10:30am
Our youngest ballerinas are introduced to classical ballet technique, vocabulary and rhythm through games and fairy tale stories.
Teaching Artist: Darlington Teaching Artist

Winter/Spring Session 1: February 10, 2024 – April 6, 2024 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates:
3/30/24
Price Before/After Jan. 6: $114/$120
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Winter/Spring Session 2: April 13, 2024 – June 8, 2024 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates: 5/25/24
Price Before/After March 3: $114/$120
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A Whole New Twirl **NEW CLASS on Saturdays for Session 2**
Ages: 3-6, Saturdays, 9:00am-10:00am
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! An exhibition of work will be presented on the last class of each session.
Teaching Artist: Darlington Teaching Artist

Winter/Spring Session 2: April 13 – June 8, 2024 (9 weeks)
Skip Dates: 5/25/24
Price Before/After March 3: $193/$203
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Family Yoga | Guardian & Child  **NEW CLASS**  
Ages: 5+ with adult , Saturdays, 11:30am-12:30pm
A family who breaths together relaxes together! In this class, children and guardians will learn poses and exercises for the body, as well as explore simple breathing and meditation for calming mind and heart. Enjoy practicing yoga together in a supportive and peaceful environment.
Teaching Artist: Mary Beth Murray

Winter/Spring Session 1: February 10, 2024 – April 6, 2024 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates:
3/30/24
Price: $180 (No Membership Required)
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Winter/Spring Session 2: April 13, 2024 – June 3, 2024 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates: 5/25/24
Price: $180 (No Membership Required)
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Kids and Teens (Recital classes)

Dance The Movies **A FAVORITE RETURNS!**
Ages: 7-12, Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:oopm
Come learn the dances to some of your favorite movies! From Disney’s Descendants and Z-O-M-B-I-E-S to hit movie musicals like Hairspray and The Greatest Showman, you’ll be dancing like a movie star! You’ll get to show off your dances for family and friends on the last day. No dance experience or special dance shoes required! An exhibition of work will be presented on the last class of each session. Garnet Valley students may be bused to Darlington as part of our Afterschool Club!
Teaching Artist: Ryir Norris

Winter/Spring Session 2: April 10 – June 5, 2024 (9 weeks)
Skip Dates: None
Price Before/After March 3: $193/$203
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Dance The Night Away **NEW CLASS**
Ages: 7-12, Wednesdays, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Welcome to Barbie Land . . . where you'll dance the night away! Break out your pink and dance along to the music of Barbie! You’ll get to show off your dances for family and friends on the last day. No dance experience or special dance shoes required! An exhibition of work will be presented on the last class of each session.
Teaching Artist: Ryir Norris

Winter/Spring Session 2: April 10 – June 5, 2024 (9 weeks)
Skip Dates: None
Price Before/After March 3: $193/$203
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A Whole New Twirl **NEW CLASS**

Ages: 7-12, Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm
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! An exhibition of work will be presented on the last class of each session. Garnet Valley students may be bused to Darlington as part of our Afterschool Club!
Teaching Artist: Ryir Norris

Winter/Spring Session 1: February 8 – April 4, 2024 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates: 3/28/24
Price Before/After Jan. 6: $171/$180
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Winter/Spring Session 2: April 11 – June 6, 2024 (9 weeks)
Skip Dates: None
Price Before/After March 3: $193/$203
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TikTok Dances **NEW CLASS**

Ages: 7-12, Thursdays, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Join the phenomenon know as TikTok dances! You've seen them . . . You've loved them . . . Now . . . YOU'LL dance them! Lots of fun is guaranteed in this "up-to-the-minute" dance class! You’ll get to show off your dances for family and friends on the last day. No dance experience or special dance shoes required! An exhibition of work will be presented on the last class of each session.
Teaching Artist: Ryir Norris

Winter/Spring Session 2: April 11 – June 6, 2024 (9 weeks)
Skip Dates: None
Price Before/After March 3: $193/$203
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Teens & Adults (Non-recital classes)

SilverSneakers®
Ages: 65+ 
SilverSneakers® Classic focuses on strengthening muscles and increasing range of movement for daily life activities. Participants can use hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a SilverSneakers® ball. Often a chair is used for seated exercises or standing support.
Teacher: Linda Tracy

Mondays, 10:00-11:00am
Drop-In Classes

Free for Medicare-eligible members of participating health plans. Call your provider to check eligibility.                        $10 Drop-In Fee for all others

Wednesdays,10:00-11:00am
Drop-In Classes
Free for Medicare-eligible members of participating health plans. Call your provider to check eligibility.                        $10 Drop-In Fee for all others

 

Vinyasa Yoga  **Session 1 now starting on February 12**NEW CLASS**  
Ages: 18+, Mondays, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Yoga returns to Darlington! While Hatha yoga focuses on one pose at a time, with rest in between, Vinyasa yoga (also know as flow) strings poses together to make a sequence. Classes are 60 minutes and are designed for all levels. The instructor will provide various options throughout the class to accommodate varying skill levels.
Teaching Artist: Melissa Hanigosky

Winter/Spring Session 1: February 12, 2024 – April 1, 2024 (7 weeks)
Skip Dates:
3/25/24
Price: $156 (No Membership Required) - $25 Drop-In Rate (if space permits)
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Winter/Spring Session 2: April 8, 2024 – June 3, 2024 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates:
5/27/24
Price: $180 (No Membership Required) - $25 Drop-In Rate (if space permits)
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Beginner Ballet/Tap for Teens & Adults
Ages: 15+, Tuesdays, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Have fun with no experience required! An ideal class for beginners, this semester class will teach you the basic movements and vocabulary that are the foundation for classical ballet and tap. You will build core strength and flexibility in a fun and encouraging environment.
Teacher: Emily Ackin O'Mahoney
February 13, 2024 – June 4, 2024 (15 weeks)
Skip Dates:  3/26/24, 4/23/24
Price before/after Jan. 6: $322/$338
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Leaps & Turns Technique for Teens  **NEW CLASS**
Ages: 14-19, Tuesdays, 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
February 13, 2024 – June 4, 2024 (15 weeks)
Skip Dates:  3/26/24, 4/23/24
Price before/after Jan. 6: $322/$338
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Beginner Hatha Yoga  **NEW CLASS**  
Ages: 18+, Thursdays, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Yoga returns to Darlington! Hatha yoga focuses on posture and breathing techniques, traditionally to channel vital energy source. In Sanskrit, Hatha translates to force. The practice involves breath, body, and mind. Classes are 60 minutes of breathing, yoga poses, and meditation. This class is geared especially towards beginners.
Teaching Artist: Mary Beth Vogel

Winter/Spring Session 1: February 8, 2024 – April 4, 2024 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates:
3/28/24
Price: $180 (No Membership Required) - $25 Drop-In Rate (if space permits)
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Winter/Spring Session 2: April 11, 2024 – June 6, 2024 (9 weeks)
Skip Dates: None
Price: $203 (No Membership Required) - $25 Drop-In Rate (if space permits)
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Hatha Yoga - All Levels  **NEW CLASS**  

Ages: 18+, Thursdays, 7:45pm-8:45pm
Yoga returns to Darlington! Hatha yoga focuses on posture and breathing techniques, traditionally to channel vital energy source. In Sanskrit, Hatha translates to force. The practice involves breath, body, and mind. Classes are 60 minutes of breathing, yoga poses, and meditation. The instructor will provide various options throughout the class to accommodate varying skill levels.
Teaching Artist: Mary Beth Vogel

Winter/Spring Session 1: February 8, 2024 – April 4, 2024 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates:
3/28/24
Price: $180 (No Membership Required) - $25 Drop-In Rate (if space permits)
REGISTER ONLINE

Winter/Spring Session 2: April 11, 2024 – June 6, 2024 (9 weeks)
Skip Dates: None
Price: $203 (No Membership Required) - $25 Drop-In Rate (if space permits)
REGISTER ONLINE

 


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."