PUPILS from a Winchester school showed off their pirouettes in front of hundreds across a two-day event.

Dancers from The Westgate took part an annual show at the Berry Theatre in Hedge End.

They joined nearly 700 youngsters, who all are customers of Starz Ballet dance school, and performed on-stage across six sell-out shows in two days to a total of over 1,800 audience members.

Cheryl Dodd, one of two owners at Starz Ballet, said: "The show is all about nurturing the children on stage. There's no pressure, it's fun and they always look forward to it every year.

"We were ready to cancel it last minute as we were listening to Boris Johnson's speech, but we were gobsmacked and also very grateful that he allowed all public shows to go on."

The Monday after the show, Starz Ballet closed all physical classes due to Government guidelines around social distancing – but that is not stopping the children from dancing at home.

Teachers have been live streaming their lessons online and will continue to do so in the mornings and afternoons.

Cheryl added: "We are surprised at how well it's been going. The level of teamwork to make it all come together has been astonishing.

"It is exciting and we are so happy that our customers can still dance from home – some have been using their mum's tea towels and wooden spoons as props!"