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Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale among best place to live in UK

Kendal and Kirkby Lonsdale have made it into the 101 best places to live in the UK.

Kendal is the second best in the North West according to the Sunday Times which praised its proximity to two national parks, shopping and community spirit.

Kirkby Lonsdale was the third best in the North West. Both were beaten to the top spot by Skipton.

Success for school's debut ballet performance

On Friday we brought you the story of a school in South Cumbria which devised a contemporary ballet so good they were performing it at professional theatre at the weekend.

Well, we can report, that the Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale's performance of 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' went down a storm, at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster.

Fiona Marley Paterson was there.

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Performance success for Cumbrian students' ballet

Queen Elizabeth School students have performed their contemporary ballet at a professional theatre in Lancaster Credit: ITV Border

Students from a Cumbrian school have performed their own contemporary ballet at a professional theatre in Lancaster.

Two years ago, Queen Elizabeth School formed their own dance company and became the first state school to perform a contemporary ballet professionally.

The students were involved in all aspects of the performance Credit: ITV Border

Dance Teacher Jasper Marriott discovered that theatres wouldn't hire their performance unless they were a professional company, so that's what he did.

It's hoped the performance will look good on the students' university applications Credit: ITV Border

The school's Head of Theatre Arts, Lee Fleming, feels that competition for University places and jobs in the Arts is tough and students need something different to make them stand out.

Cumbrian students perform ballet at professional theatre

Queen Elizabeth School students have performed their contemporary ballet at a professional theatre in Lancaster.

Two years ago the school became the first state school to perform a contemporary ballet professionally after forming their own dance company.

Dance Teacher, Jasper Marriott, discovered that theatres wouldn't hire their performance unless they were a professional company, so that's what he did.

Ballet performance will help pupils' CVs

Pupils at Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale are getting ready to perform at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster.

They've devised a contemporary ballet that's so good it's being performed at the professional theatre, making them the first school to do so.

To interest theatres in their work they've had to form their own professional youth dance company called The Curious Dance Company.

It's the brain-child of dance teacher and choreographer Jasper Marriott.

The school hopes being part of this will add something different to the children's CVs in an increasingly competitve field for jobs and further education.

Lee Fleming is Head of Theatre Arts:

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