A TEAM of talented young Dorset dancers are setting the world stage alight as they currently compete in a world tournament finals.

Eighteen dancers from Poole’s Steppin’ Out Academy are representing England in the Dance World Cup which is being held until July 2 in San Sebastián, Spain.

They earned their place on the plane after finishing in the top five in the national heats last year.

The young ‘Steppers’, aged from 12 to 18, have entered solo, duo and large group sections.

Steppin’ Out principal Angela Taylor said: “This is the ultimate and most prestigious competition dancers of this age can compete in.

“To say I am proud is an understatement, this is the pinnacle so far in their young dance careers.

“Not only have they been working incredibly hard on their dance routines, but they have also been very busy fundraising to make this trip of a lifetime possible.”

The group has so far finished fourth in the senior contemporary large group category as well as large ballet group.

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