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72 schools take part in Gateshead dance festival

Children perform at the Sage Credit: ITV

Over 2,200 pupils from schools across Gateshead are taking to the stage for a two day celebration of dance.

Hits ranging from the cheesy to the timeless were performed at Gateshead Schools Dance Festival, staged at Sage Gateshead.

They were watched by families and friends Credit: ITV

In total over 72 schools and community groups took part. Children as young as five and six took part alongside accomplished dancers from secondary schools across the borough.

2,200 pupils took part Credit: ITV

This is the 6th time that the Gateshead Schools Dance Festival has been held at Sage Gateshead and the first time that it has been extended to cover two full days, March18 and 19.

The event is taking place over two days Credit: ITV



Hartlepool dance troupe in TV final

The 'Ruff Diamond Dance Troupe' is from Hartlepool Credit: ITV News

A group of North East street dancers have beaten off competition from thousands of other performers to reach the finals of a national television talent show.

Ruff Diamond Dance Troupe from Hartlepool have spent weeks preparing for Sunday's "Got to Dance" on Sky1.

The six-strong team, who're aged between 17 and 22, say it will be the biggest performance of their lives.