Excited members of the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts were trying on their brand new uniforms this week as they got ready to compete for their country.
The school will have 35 dancers, aged seven to 17, representing England in what is a very special year for Val and the academy, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
The Dance World Cup runs from June 24 to July 2 at San Sebastian, in Spain, and the event starts this Friday with a parade at the Kursaal Congress Centre.
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Dance academy owner Val Armstrong said it was a “huge event this year after the delays we have had over the past two to three years”.
The Hartlepool competitors will compete in categories such as acrobatics, tap, musical theatre, jazz and lyrical contemporary.