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Pupils at Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale have devised a contemporary ballet that's so good it's being performed in a professional theatre.

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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.

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