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 3 years to adult. Classes can be taken for pleasure or to work towards graded examinations. The syllabus of the International Dance Teachers Association(ITDA) is followed for all exam work. Workshop classes are held throughout the year, and may include singing, drama and Cheer Leading.We aim to stage a production in a local theatre every 2 years . We are regularly invited to dance competitions throughout the region and take part in professional shows. Classes are taught by the principal, with the assistance of another qualified dance teacher.


Miss Sonya attended the M.T Laundy School of Dance in Darlington from the age of 3 where she was trained until age 16 in RAD ballet and the BDTA syllabus before going on to Pattison College of Dancing and Theatre Arts in Coventry and gaining her teaching qualifications. Subsequently she spent time performing throughout the country and has appeared in pantomime at Darlington’s Civic Theatre, the Sunderland Empire and Leamington Spa. After spending 2 years travelling, singing and dancing with a band, she commenced teaching in 2003 before setting up her own school in 2007