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.

🚌 In accordance with Garnet Valley School District transportation policies, Garnet Valley students may take the bus directly from schools for any 4:00pm Afterschool Arts Club classes. 🚌

ALL RECITAL CLASSES: Last day to register for recital classes is January 15, 2021.
*Required dress rehearsal date TBD*

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

Little Dancer Combo
Ages: 3-6, Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Young children will be introduced to classical ballet technique and vocabulary as well as the foot articulation, rhythm and sounds of tap.
Teacher: Nashira Council

September 14, 2020 - May 24, 2021 (33 lessons + dress rehearsal) (exc. 9/28/20, 10/12/20, 12/28/20, 3/29/21, 5/31/21)
Please call (610) 358-3632 for more info


Tiny Tutus (Tuesdays)
Ages: 2-3, Tuesdays, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Our youngest ballerinas are introduced to classical ballet technique, vocabulary and rhythm through games and fairy tale stories.
Teacher: Kaitlin Jackson

Session 2: April 6 – June 8, 2021 (9 weeks) (exc. 5/18/20)
Price before/after Mar. 3: $116/$122
REGISTER ONLINE


Tiny Tutus (Thursdays)
Ages: 2-3, Thursdays, 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Our youngest ballerinas are introduced to classical ballet technique, vocabulary and rhythm through games and fairy tale stories.
Teacher: Kaitlin Jackson

Session 2: April 8 – June 3, 2021 (9 weeks) (exc. 5/18/20)
Price before/after Mar. 3: $116/$122
REGISTER ONLINE


Ballet Prep 
Ages: 4-6, Tuesdays, 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Young children are introduced to classical ballet technique, vocabulary and rhythm in a fun and creative atmosphere.
Teachers: Olivia Goodwin

October 13, 2020 - May 25, 2021 (29 lessons + dress rehearsal) (exc. 11/3/20, 11/24/20, 12/29/20, 3/30/21, 5/18/21)
Please call (610) 358-3632 for more info


Kids and Teens

Beginner Ballet [After School Arts Club] 🚌
Ages: 6-8, Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
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.
Teacher: Olivia Goodwin

October 13, 2020 - May 25, 2021 (29 lessons + dress rehearsal) (exc. 11/3/20, 11/24/20, 12/29/20, 3/30/21, 5/18/21)
Please call (610) 358-3632 for more info


Intermediate Ballet 
Ages: 8-11, Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Dancers continue to gain grace and confidence through classical ballet. More advanced techniques and combinations of steps will build strength.
Teacher: Olivia Goodwin

October 13, 2020 - May 25, 2021 (29 lessons + dress rehearsal) (exc. 11/3/20, 11/24/20, 12/29/20, 3/30/21, 5/18/21)
Please call (610) 358-3632 for more info


Advanced Ballet 
Ages: 11 and up, Tuesdays, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Dancers continue to gain grace and confidence through classical ballet and building strength through advanced techniques and combinations of steps. Add POINTE to this class and students can begin to explore the exercises and techniques of Pointe!
Teacher: Emily Ackin O’Mahoney

October 13, 2020 - May 25, 2021 (29 lessons + dress rehearsal) (exc. 11/3/20, 11/24/20, 12/29/20, 3/30/21, 5/18/21)
Please call (610) 358-3632 for more info


Pointe 
Ages: 11 and up, Tuesdays, 8:15-8:45 p.m.
Dancers must be enrolled in Advanced Ballet. Students begin to explore the exercises and techniques of Pointe!
Teacher: Emily Ackin O’Mahoney

October 13, 2020 - May 25, 2021 (29 lessons + dress rehearsal) (exc. 11/3/20, 11/24/20, 12/29/20, 3/30/21, 5/18/21)
Please call (610) 358-3632 for more info


Hip Hop Prep 
Ages: 5 and up, 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. Combine this class with our Wednesday art class Weird and Wild.
Teacher: Nashira Council

October 14, 2020 - May 25, 2021 (29 lessons + dress rehearsal) (exc. 11/25/20, 12/23/20, 12/30/20, 3/10/21, 3/31/21)
Please call (610) 358-3632 for more info


Beginner Hip Hop Wednesdays [After School Arts Club] 🚌
Ages: 8 and up, Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Young dancers will develop the movement dynamics and energy needed for styles of hip hop from old school to today’s new trends.
Teacher: Nashira Council

September 9, 2020 - May 26, 2021 (33 lessons + dress rehearsal) (exc. 11/25/20, 12/23/20, 12/30/20, 3/10/21, 3/31/21)
Please call (610) 358-3632 for more info


Intermediate Hip-Hop 
Ages: 10 and up, Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Dancers 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.
Teacher: Nashira Council

October 14, 2020 - May 25, 2021 (29 lessons + dress rehearsal) (exc. 11/25/20, 12/23/20, 12/30/20, 3/10/21, 3/31/21)
Please call (610) 358-3632 for more info


Advanced Hip Hop 
Ages: 13 and up, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
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

October 14, 2020 - May 25, 2021 (29 lessons + dress rehearsal) (exc. 11/25/20, 12/23/20, 12/30/20, 3/10/21, 3/31/21)
Please call (610) 358-3632 for more info


Beginner Combo [After School Arts Club] 🚌
Ages: 6-9, Thursdays, 4:00-5:15 p.m.
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.
Teacher: Olivia Goodwin

October 15, 2020 - May 25, 2021 (29 lessons + dress rehearsal) (exc. 11/26/20, 12/24/20, 12/31/20, 3/11/21, 4/1/21)
Please call (610) 358-3632 for more info


Lyrical Dance
Ages: 8-12, Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Get ready to expand your dance skills through this beautiful style! Combining ballet, jazz, and modern dance, Lyrical focuses on fluid movements that express the passion and emotion behind the art of dance and the power of music. Great for dancers from any style!
Teacher: Olivia Goodwin

October 15, 2020 - May 25, 2021 (29 lessons + dress rehearsal) (exc. 11/26/20, 12/24/20, 12/31/20, 3/11/21, 4/1/21)
Please call (610) 358-3632 for more info


Intermediate Combo 
Ages: 10-13, Thursdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Dancers will strengthen their foundations in jazz dance, emphasizing movement quality, flexibility, turns and leaps. Build tap skills and vocabulary. Gain confidence as you explore rhythms, sounds and movement. 
Teacher: Olivia Goodwin

October 15, 2020 - May 25, 2021 (29 lessons + dress rehearsal) (exc. 11/26/20, 12/24/20, 12/31/20, 3/11/21, 4/1/21)
Please call (610) 358-3632 for more info


Beginner Hip Hop Fridays [After School Arts Club] 🚌
Ages: 8 and up, Fridays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Young dancers will develop the movement dynamics and energy needed for styles of hip hop from old school to today’s new trends.
Teacher: Nashira Council

October 14, 2020 - May 25, 2021 (29 lessons + dress rehearsal) (exc. 11/27/20, 12/25/20, 1/1/21, 4/2/21, 5/28/21)
Please call (610) 358-3632 for more info


Online Classes

Intro to Dance [Online]
Ages: 7-12, Monday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
If you want to learn how to get down but you have no experience, this class is for you! Let our talented dance artist teach you basic moves from many different styles including ballet, tap, hip hop, modern, jazz and more! All you need is an open space where you can dance! Gain confidence, get exercise, and learn about many different dance styles.  A free Zoom account is required to participate in this class.
Teacher: Olivia Goodwin

Session 2: April 5 – June 7, 2021 (9 weeks) (exc. 5/31/21)
Price before/after Mar. 3: $181/$190
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."