Troupe of Northampton children will dance at Royal Albert Hall for national Dance Proms 2017

The children of Mayhew School of Dance rehearse their routine.
The children of Mayhew School of Dance rehearse their routine.

A Northampton dance school has been awarded a place to perform at the Royal Albert Hall.

The troupe of 18 children aged nine to 11 from Mayhew School of Dance & Performing Arts, in Blisworth, will join 500 young dancers at the Dance Proms 2017, the biggest national youth dance event.

This will be the second year in a row they have made the final cut. They were selected from hundreds of schools when their video submission caught the attention of the show's judges.

Fiona Sheehan, principal of Mayhew School of Dance, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to join the Dance Proms company once again. Dance Proms is a fabulous celebration of dance, and the evening creates memories to last a lifetime."

The boys and girls will be joined on stage by 20 other dance academies from as far afield as Vietnam and Austria.

Presented by BBC children's TV presenter Radzi Chinyanganya, the prestigious event is supported by celebrity patrons Arlene Philips CBE, Darcey Bussell CBE, Akram Khan MBE and will feature a guest performance from Flawless.

Arlene Philips, CBE, celebrity patron of Dance Proms, said: “Dance Proms is an incredible opportunity for talented, young dancers to have the rare chance to experience performing on a stage like no other. I’m looking forward to seeing First Position dance again, and encourage the girls to enjoy every minute of the night.”

To qualify for Dance Proms, dance teachers submitted online videos of a short dance piece featuring original choreography in any genre and performed as a solo, couple, trio or group.

Dance Proms is a collaborative project by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, the Royal Academy of Dance, and the Royal Albert Hall.