The bright lights of Blackpool are calling for the Cowper School of Dance.

Youngsters from the dance school have been working hard in rehearsals before they take to the stage in the American Association of Dance competition.

Performers from tots through to adults will be under the spotlight on one of the most famous stages in the world – Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

The competition in Blackpool is something that the dancers, from across West Cumbria, look forward to each year, many members have been attending for years.

Principal Adrienne Kelly said: “They are all looking forward to it and this is a great opportunity to perform on a really large stage, the biggest in the country.

“We are all just going down to enjoy the day and have a great time.”

The school has prepared seven individual dances, two for the baby and junior categories, with three from the seniors.

The youngest members of the dance school be bringing out their inner Matilda’s as they entertain with the show-stopper Naughty from the hit musical.

And Whitehaven’s Luke Goddard will take centre stage in a tap entitled Wipeout.

Moving up to the junior section and they will be getting into character to perform to Oh The Things You Can Think, from Seussical the Musical.

The twinkle-toed dancers will also don their tap shoes to bring the Jungle Book to life in The Bare Necessities.

The seniors of the dance school are bringing the magic of the silver screen to the stage as they perform the fabulous Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend.

They are also set to Trip A Little Light Fantastic and bring out their inner diva in Fabulous from Sister Act.

The school will follow up their trip to Blackpool with their annual Christmas Show, set to take place at Workington’s Carnegie Theatre on December 15.

All the Blackpool numbers will be on show as well as some more traditional Christmas songs including White Christmas and Mary’s Boy Child, plus some numbers from the Polar Express.

Tickets are available from the theatre’s box office.