Dancers Rock East Durham College

Although East Durham College students have been away on a well earned Easter break, the Peterlee Campus has been bouncing to the sound of hundreds of young people and music.

That’s because over 200 five to sixteen year old boys and girls, from across the county, descended on the College for a three-day dance celebration event.

The event was part of Durham County Council’s Sports Development Easter Holiday programme. It was made up of 7 workshops taught by dance experts, operated on a carousal basis, so the youngsters could have a taste of different dance styles.

The dancers then got the experience of performing a routine in front of a small audience on the stage of the fantastic Lubetkin Theatre at East Durham College.

Organiser Richard Hill, a Senior Sports Development Officer at the Council for the East Durham area, said: “Delivering a diverging activity programme for young people had been a really high priority for Easington District Council over the last five years.

“Since becoming a unitary authority, the Sports Development team have joined forces and wanted to organise an event aimed at producing high quality opportunities for young people from across County Durham.

“Dance has been an activity growing in popularity so it was perfect for this county to approach such an event.

“East Durham College provided a fantastic facility to host such an event and staff within East Durham College have worked tirelessly to ensure a professional, highly successful 3 day event.”

The event was aimed at community dance groups across the County. Groups and individuals from Tow Law to Bishop Auckland, Chester-le-Street and across East Durham took part.

Rose Fraser, Sports Development Officer at the College, added: “We are delighted to have built up such a fantastic partnership with not only the young people, but staffs right across County Durham. This give’s us the opportunity to include the whole County in all the high quality events hosted at East Durham College. This event is testament to what can be achieved through a quality partnership.”