Christmas dance delight

September is all systems go for Bondholder Darley Dance Productions as rehearsals go into full swing ready for The Christmas Show 2019.

“We’re really excited” said Abbi Burns, the owner of Darley Dance Productions, “We plan all year round for The Christmas Show and have been busy choosing the right numbers, casting the best performers that Derby has to offer and planning, planning, planning! It’s great to think that now we can put all this into action.”

Instead of taking its production to the big theatres, Darley Dance Productions has chosen to perform at local venues instead. The team behind The Christmas Show want to bring their professional production right to the heart of the community and hope that families will be able to take a winter walk to their local venue and enjoy a great show.

“The community venues do sometimes come with their own challenges,” said Georgia Harris who is the Musical Director of The Christmas Show, “like not having enough seats or the equipment that we take for granted in a theatre but we’re determined to overcome these challenges and put on a fantastic show!”


The Christmas Show launched last year for one performance day at St Nicholas Church Hall in Allestree. This year will see the show have three performance dates in Allestree and two in Melbourne Assembly Rooms. The plan for the show is for it to grow each year and Darley Dance Productions hope to spread their unique blend of Christmas Sparkle all around the county.

“We feel like we’re in a real “win win” situation because not only are we bringing a great show to local venues but we’re also giving paid work to local performers which is fantastic.” Abbi added, “A lot of that is thanks to our business partners who support us and to whom we are most grateful.”

Tickets for the Show are on sale now from Derby Live box office. Book online 24 hours a day at or over the phone on 01332 255800.

There is also a special treat if you book your tickets before the end of September. Just quote EARLYXMAS or add it online when prompted, to get 10% off your tickets. Be sure to book your tickets before September 30th to be able to take advantage of this offer.