About Us

The Sonya Marie Academy of Dance was established in 2007 and is situated near the centre of Darlington.
A variety of fun and inspiring dance classes are offered for girls and boys from the age of 2.5 years to adult.


Classes can be taken for pleasure or to work towards graded examinations. Classes are taught by Miss Sonya, the principal, with help from other qualified dance teachers.


We follow the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) syllabus for all exam work. Workshop classes are held throughout the year and, as well as dance, cover singing, drama and cheerleading.


We stage a production in a local theatre every two years and we are regularly invited to take part in dance competitions throughout the region and perform in professional shows.



To introduce students to all forms of dance as a fun and enjoyable experience, whilst maintaining traditional discipline. We want our pupils to build confidence and gain a sense of achievement through their learning as well as developing listening and group work skills. Above all we wish to develop in all of our pupils an awareness of their bodies and their surrounding space through coordination, strength, flexibility, fitness, grace, musicality and freedom of expression.

Code of conduct

  • All children will be treated equally regardless of their ability

  • Correct uniform must be worn in each dance subject with hair in a bun for all classes

  • No jewellery to be worn at any time

  • No responsibility will be held for the loss or damage of personal belongings so please make sure all uniform is clearly labelled including shoes

  • When you arrive for your first dance session you will be asked for your contact details. Please make sure that you advise of any subsequent changes

  • If for any reason your child cannot attend their class please let the school know. All missed classes must be paid for. If your child does not attend three consecutive sessions without notice it will be presumed that you have left the school and your child's place will become available

  • From time to time a teacher will need to correct your child physically so they can feel where their body should be, if you do not wish a teacher to touch your child please let Miss Sonya know.

Quality assurance

All teaching staff are fully trained and qualified, we hold current DBS certificates and have first aid training. We adhere to GDPR laws and all details are held under password protection and will not be shared.

Covid-19 safe
The safety and care of our students is at the heart of all we do. We strictly follow all industry and Government guidelines around Covid-19 safety and ask any child who is unwell not to attend lessons. Please do not hesitate to ask if you would like any more details about our procedures and protocols.