Dance City 30th Celebrations


Join us for a special programme of events to celebrate thirty years of Dance City

Starting life just across the road from our current location, the original three studio Dance City was opened as a base for English Dance Theatre. The North East was an early leader in dance development and became one of the first National Dance Agencies in 1989. The organisation has always celebrated dance for everyone in every form with public classes, activity in the community, professional development and the presentation of an international programme of dance performance.

Since 1991 Dance City has worked with education partners to offer full time professional dance training in the North East. Today this programme is stronger than ever with BTEC, BA and MA courses on offer.

In 2005 the new bespoke Dance City building opened on Temple Street with five studios and a 250 seat specialist dance theatre. Today our building is full of students, members of the community dancing, professional dancers and welcomes touring dance companies from around the world. The programme of 60+ public classes each week is well supported with more than 45,000 attendances each year.

As the dance agency for the North East we have always worked across the region. Today more than 8000 people a year through our engagement activity that reaches and inspires people many who have never danced before.

There are so many achievements to be proud of but we never rest on our mission to lead and support a thriving dance ecology in the North East of England and look forward to announcing exciting new developments throughout our celebration year.If you’ve been with us on the journey so far then thank you, if you’re new to Dance City then welcome. Come celebrate with us in 2016.

Anthony Baker
Artistic Director & joint CEO

DC30 Exhibition

See the story of how Dance City came to be

Dance-along Dirty Dancing

Dress up and dance-along to the classic dance film

DC30 Open Day

Explore Dance City and join one of 1000 free taster classes (advance booking recommended)

The Late Shows

A free tango milonga



DC30 Exhibition

Daily from 15 Jan | Exhibition Spaces at Dance City | Free

See the story of how Dance City came to be through the people who danced, created and dreamed it. We’ve collected memories from Dance City alumni past and present with beautiful dance pictures.  20151030_105742_008

Share your thoughts, memories and stories about Dance City…

Use facebook, twitter and instagram to share your memories of Dance City with us. Be creative and use any medium you wish – make a short film, take a selfie, create a dance, poem, song or picture or just write a few words… Don’t forget to use #DC30



Dance-along Dirty Dancing

Sat 20 Feb | 8pm (bar opens at 7pm)

Age: 15+ | Tickets: £12.50, £9.50 concession

As Dance City celebrates 30 years so does the definitive dance film Dirty Dancing. This timeless classic tells the summer love story of Baby (Jennifer Grey) who falls in love with her dance teacher Johnny (Patrick Swayze).Dress up and dance-along to the film with your host Chris Stuart-Wilson. After a quick warm-up you’ll learn a few moves from key moments in the film. Get ready to carry some watermelons and have the time of your life.

Dirty Dancing workshop

with Chris Stuart-Wilson

Sat 20 Feb | 3-5pm | Age: 15+| Tickets £20 (£16)

For those who want more, in advance of the dance-along screening, join the host as he takes you on a journey through some basic ballroom favourites before shaking off the formalities by exploring some carefree 60s gogo and surf styles. Finish it off by learning some choreography to the last number of the film ready to be performed at the screening that night!



DC30 Open Day

Sun 21 Feb | 10am-4pm | Free

To celebrate 30 years of getting the North East dancing we’re throwing open the doors to past, present and new dancers with a day of free activity.

  • With 1000 free taster class spaces on offer for all ages and in lots of different styles, we’ll find a class for you.
  • If you want to take dance further you’ll be able to find out more about Dance City’s Learning Academy.
  • Fun classes, treats and facepainting for young dancers.
  • Taster classes specially for over 55’s.
  • Explore the Dance City building and watch professional dancers creating and rehearsing in the studios.


The Late Shows

Tango Milonga
Sat 14 May | 7-11pm | Free

For the first time Dance City joins The Late Shows with a free tango milonga (party). Join Dance City tango teachers Viv Murphy and David Collins with members of the Newcastle Tango Society and experience the passion of tango along with Argentinian wines and snacks. Easy 15 minute taster classes for beginners at quarter past the hour and freestyle dancing you can watch or join throughout the rest of the evening.  Dance_City_Tango_12