Dance City is coming to Sunderland this December – and bringing free taster sessions for everyone to try, whether they already dance or not. The free classes will run from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December at Dance City’s new studio in The Fire Station, at the heart of Sunderland’s cultural quarter.

A variety of classes will be on offer to suit people of all ages and abilities. There’s a dance style to suit everyone and visitors can try as many sessions as they like.

Artistic director Anthony Baker said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone, whether they’ve danced before or not to our beautiful new Sunderland studios. Dance is a creative, fun, social and physical activity that is great for keeping fit and active, boosting self-confidence and improving coordination. We’ll be offering 30 classes for adults, children and families from January. These taster sessions are about having fun and trying out new things.”

The taster sessions are being offered ahead of Dance City Sunderland’s new programme of classes which start in The Fire Station on Monday 15th January. Attendance at the taster sessions is free but ticketed and must be booked in advance at or by calling 0191 261 0505.

Dance City Sunderland is offering everyone their first class for free. Everyone interested in taking part will receive a free first class by entering the code DCSUNDERLAND on the website booking page, or by contacting the booking office direct on 0191 261 0505.



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Past participants quotes:
“Great! Made me realise I could do things I never thought I could!”
“Inspirational and extremely welcoming.”
“Wonderful! We achieved so much in such a short time.”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon. I had fun and didn’t feel at all silly.”
“Fun. Gets you moving!”

About Dance City

Dance City is a vibrant and friendly place where people come together to take part, enjoy, experience and talk about dance; where professional and aspiring dancers meet, learn and train; somewhere to watch world class dance performances and somewhere for all to come along and get involved in dance. People come to Dance City to socialise, learn new skills, keep fit and active, train professionally and find out more about dance. This takes place in our purpose-built dance-house, in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, as well as in the wider community of the North East region.

Established for over 30 years Dance City is the North East’s leading development organisation for dance, which exists to lead and support a thriving dance ecology in the region. We present a regular programme of dance performances from contemporary to ballet, world to breakdance bringing leading North East, British and International dance to Newcastle. We also commission original new works, which premiere in our theatre.

We offer over 85 weekly classes in more than 40 different styles of dance – open to all ages and for absolute beginners as well as more experienced dancers.  From contemporary to hip hop, ballet to ballroom, belly dancing to pilates, from bumps to babies and for adults with learning disabilities – our classes are an excellent way to stay fit and healthy, learn new skills, have fun and meet new people.

Dance City in Schools offers workshops to schools outside of our landmark building to engage with people and champion best practice in participatory dance across the region. Our Engagement Coordinator also works with partners to create bespoke projects as a way of engaging hard to reach groups, for celebratory events, for well-being and simply for fun! Every year we work with 8000+ people of all ages in a variety of settings in the North East.

We also offer formal dance training through our Learning Academy for talented young people aged 10 through to postgraduate level and we support professional dance artists and choreographers. | 0191 261 0505