A PERFORMING arts academy in Darlington is returning to its studio after months of online classes.

Darlington Academy of Performing Arts (DAPA) is opening its doors once again, with an all new timetable.

During lockdown, children created an 'Isolation Showcase' and had several weekly sessions while owners Paul and Joanne Mason used the time to renovate their studio on Parkgate.

The pair said: "We wanted to do as much as we could to keep our students active and more importantly we wanted them to be able to socialise with their friends that they were missing during lockdown.

"We kept ourselves busy, spending days and nights at the studio, painting and decorating. We wanted everything ready for the day we could return."

DAPA has started its first week of classes including acting, singing and dancing for all ages, who are given their own marked floorspace in sessions.

The academy has also welcomed dance teacher Annabelle Crosby-Stewart to its ranks and and is registered as an LAMDA exam centre.