Dance Classes | Academic Year 2022-2023

Darlington's Dance Program provides quality dance education to students of all ages in a fun, encouraging and supportive environment. Classes include Hip Hop, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz 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: Classes meet weekly Monday, September 12, 2022 – June 9, 2023 plus the dress rehearsal and dance recital. Last day to register for recital classes: January 15th

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

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
Ages: 2-3
Our youngest ballerinas are introduced to classical ballet technique, vocabulary and rhythm through games and fairy tale stories. Register for one day of the week, or both!
Teacher: Kaitlin Jackson

Tuesdays, 10:00am-10:30am
Session 1: September 13, 2022 – November 15, 2022 (9 weeks)
Skip Dates: Session 1: 11/8/22
Price before/after Aug 19: $124/$130
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Session 2: November 29, 2022 – January 31, 2023 (9 weeks)
Skip Dates: Session 2: 12/27/22
Price before/after Oct 7: $124/$130
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Thursdays, 10:00am-10:30am
Session 1: September 15, 2022 – November 17, 2022 (10 weeks)
Price before/after Aug 19: $138/$145
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Session 2: December 1, 2022 – February 2, 2023 (8 weeks)
Skip Dates: Session 2: 12/27/22
Price before/after Oct 7: $111/$116
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Adults (Non-recital classes)

Beginner Hip Hop for Adults
Ages: 18+, Mondays 6:30-7:30pm
Don’t let the kids show you up! Get out on the dance floor and have fun learning the basics of hip hop dance. You will be surprised how quickly the basic steps translate into complex movements. Hip Hop builds confidence and is a great way to exercise while learning something new and exciting!
Teacher: Nashira Council
Fall Session: September 12, 2022 – January 30, 2023 (17 weeks)

Price before/after Aug 19: $357/$375
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Beginner Ballet for Teen and Adults
Ages: 18+, Tuesdays 7:00-8:00pm
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. You will build core strength and flexibility in a fun and encouraging environment. Come explore the beauty of ballet!
Teacher: Emily Ackin
Fall Session: September 13, 2022 – January 31, 2023 (18 weeks)
Price before/after Aug 19: $380/$400
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Pre-K and Kindergarten (Recital Classes)

Little Dancer Combo
Ages: 3-6
Our youngest ballerinas are introduced to classical ballet technique, vocabulary and rhythm in addition to the fundamentals of Tap dance! Two separate classes available - Monday nights or Tuesday afternoons!
Teacher: Nashira Council

Mondays 5:30-6:30pm
Begins September 12
Skip Dates
: 9/26/22, 10/31/22, 12/26/22, 1/2/23, 4/3/23, 5/29/23

Price before/after Aug 19: $713/$750
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Tuesdays 12:30-1:30pm
Begins September 13
Skip Dates
: 11/8/22, 11/22/22, 12/27/22, 4/4/23, 5/16/23
Price before/after Aug 19: $732/$770
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Ballet Prep **NEW START DATE**
Ages: 4-6, Tuesdays 5:15-6:00pm
Our youngest ballerinas are introduced to classical ballet technique, vocabulary and rhythm through games and fairy tale stories.
Teacher: Aubrey O’Hara
Begins October 11
Skip Dates
: Skip Dates: 12/26/22, 1/2/23, 3/15/23, 4/3/23, 5/29/23
Price before/after Aug 18: $551 / $580
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Kids and Teens (Recital Classes)

Hip Hop Prep
Ages: 5-8, Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm
This high energy class develops creative expression, imagination and dance fundamentals through the exploration of traditional and contemporary hip hop/jazz dance styles. Combine this class with our Wednesday art class Imagination Afternoon and students may be bused directly from schools using Garnet Valley School District transportation for this class as part of our After-School Arts Club.
Teacher: Nashira Council
Begins September 15
Skip Dates
: 10/5/22, 11/23/22, 12/28/22, 3/15/23, 4/5/23
Price before/after Aug 19: $732/$770

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Beginner Ballet **NEW START DATE**
Ages: 6-9, Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm
Young dancers will learn classical ballet technique through exercises at the barre, stretching and center floor work. Emphasis is on improving balance, coordination, posture and strength. In accordance with GVSD transportation policies, students may be bused directly from schools using Garnet Valley School District transportation for this class as part of our After-School Arts Club.
Teacher: Aubrey O’Hara
Begins October 11
Skip Dates
: Skip Dates: 12/26/22, 1/2/23, 3/15/23, 4/3/23, 5/29/23
Price before/after Aug 19: $732/$770
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Beginner Combo **NEW START DATE**
Ages: 6-10, Thursdays 4:00-5:15pm
Dancers will be introduced to a wide array of dance styles. Dancers will learn classical ballet technique, vocabulary, and barre exercises, explore upbeat jazz moves, and cover the fundamental rhythms and sounds of tap. In accordance with GVSD transportation policies, students may be bused directly from schools using Garnet Valley School District transportation for this class as part of our After-School Arts Club.
Teacher: Olivia Goodwin
Begins October 20
Skip Dates
: 11/24/22, 12/22/22, 12/29/22, 3/16/23, 4/6/23
Price before/after Aug 19: $798/$840
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Beginner Hip Hop 
Ages: 8-11
Young dancers will develop the movement dynamics and energy needed for styles of hip hop from old school to today’s new trends. In accordance with GVSD transportation policies, students may be bused directly from schools using Garnet Valley School District transportation for this class as part of our After-School Arts Club.
Teacher: Nashira Council

Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm
Begins September 15
Skip Dates: 10/5/22, 11/23/22, 12/28/22, 3/15/23, 4/5/23
Price before/after Aug 19: $732/$770
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Fridays 4:00pm-5:00pm
Begins September 16
Skip Dates: 11/25/22, 12/23/22, 12/30/22, 3/17/23, 4/7/23, 5/26/23

Price before/after Aug 27: $713/$750
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Acro Dance
Ages: 8 & up, Fridays 5:00pm-6:00pm
Acro Dance combines classical dance techniques from Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop with fluid and lyrical acrobatic movements and tricks for a high-energy group performance unlike any other!
Teacher: Nashira Council
Begins September 16
Skip Dates
: 11/25/22, 12/23/22, 12/30/22, 3/17/23, 4/7/23, 5/26/23
Price before/after Aug 27: $713/$750
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Beginner Modern Dance **NEW START DATE**
Ages: 8 & up, Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm
Dancers will learn the unique moves, footwork, leaps, turns, and imaginative improvisation that embodies balance and agility. A class for older beginners, Modern Dance is an energetic and entertaining experience based on the movements of ballet, jazz, and theatrical dance.
Teacher: Olivia Goodwin
Begins October 20
Skip Dates
: 11/24/22, 12/22/22, 12/29/22, 3/16/23, 4/6/23
Price before/after Aug 19: $732/770
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Intermediate Hip Hop
Ages: 10 & up, Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm
Dancers continue to gain grace and confidence through classical ballet. More advanced techniques and combinations of steps will build strength.
Teacher: Nashira Council
Begins September 15
Skip Dates
: 10/5/22, 11/23/22, 12/28/22, 3/15/23, 4/5/23
Price before/after Aug 19: $732/$770
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Advanced Hip Hop
Ages: 13 & up, Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm
Experienced dancers continue to cultivate technique, power, and flexibility to perform complicated hip hop moves. Students will explore partner skills, tricks and tumbling in addition to traditional dance technique.
Teacher: Nashira Council
Begins September 15
Skip Dates
: 10/5/22, 11/23/22, 12/28/22, 3/15/23, 4/5/23
Price before/after Aug 19: $732/$770
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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."