2,000 Bath and North East Somerset schoolchildren take to the stage for Dance Umbrella Festival
More than 2,000 schoolchildren have taken to the stage to entertain friends and family at an annual dance festival.
The Dance Umbrella Festival brings together young people from across Bath and north east Somerset, involving pupils from 55 primary, secondary and special schools. They performed 65 different dances over three nights at The Forum and this year marked the tenth anniversary of the increasingly popular event.
It is organised by the B&NES School Sport Partnership, with all the dances choreographed during school PE lessons or extra-curricular clubs.
School sport development manager Beth Jones said: "This annual event is the flagship celebration of our partnership.
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"We work closely with schools to encourage young people to participate in different sports and physical activities. Despite the Government cuts, we have managed to sustain an active and varied menu of opportunities that can be accessed by all young people, irrespective of their background."
Meanwhile, pupils at Ralph Allen School have performed at a dance and gym show, which involved more than 200 girls and boys from Years 7 to 13.
It showcased a variety of dance styles, including tap, contemporary, street, hip hop, ballet and gymnastic vaulting.
For the dress rehearsal 146 pupils from Combe Down Primary School were invited to enjoy the show and help the performers prepare for their big nights.
PE teacher Jo Tanner, who organised the show with her colleague Sophie Hunt, said: "We are lucky to have amazing numbers of pupils who come to dance and have been inspired by our fantastic dance prefects.
"We have tried hard to foster a welcoming, fun environment where hopefully everyone who comes to dance club feels included."