The D project is a UK dance company based in Darlington delivering quality dance across Tees Valley and the North East. The company focusses on both Education & Community and Performances, providing a variety of packages for nurseries, schools, colleges, and community groups. The D Project also delivers dance events, workshops and occasionally commercial work.

The D Project strategically works within regional and national dance organisations aims, innovatively moving dance forward in a collective way. Strong links and partnerships with organisations and companies such as Dance City, TIN Arts, Tees Valley Dance, Creative Darlington, Luxi, and ARC have been built throughout in order to enhance the offer of dance and meet the needs of local authorities, organisations and the public.


The D Project, contributes to strategic educational and community work across the Tees Valley and North East. We provide new experiences, create culturally diverse work and inspire people through dance.




Debbie Waistell~ Artistic Director/Dance Artist

The D Project has been a natural development of her work, expanding and passing on Debbie’s expertise and knowledge. The D Project aims to develop, strengthen and build dance in the region.

Debbie is a highly qualified dance artist who has been working successfully in the region for over 5 years, with experience in choreography, performance, facilitation, events, festivals and programme development. Debbie brings a wealth of knowledge excellent skills and drive to every project, sustaining an honest, trustworthy company that supplies great art for everyone. Offering dance provision for all ages, with a particular focus on curriculum work, Debbie believes everyone is equal and everyone should have the chance to dance.


Lissie Connor~ Dance Artist/Administrator

Beginning her training in the DanceCity Academy and touring the country with NYDC, Lissie completed her professional training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. After majoring in choreography, Lissie spent a year touring nationally and internationally with the postrgraduate company, VERVE, culminating in a performance for the ITS festival in Amsterdam.

As a choreographer, her work is supported by many dance agencies including DanceCity and Arc, Stockton where she re worked an installation as an ‘artist in residence’. In 2014 she was appointed Rehearsal Director/Support Artist for the Macmillan Dance in the Billingham Festival.

After teaching and performing in London for a year, Lissie took her work back to her roots and began working with The D Project in 2012. Using her experience teaching a wide range of ages, Lissie shares Debbie’s passion for dance as an important part of education. The benefits of dance for children are endless and The D Project strive to open the possibilities for many who have not previously had access to this.