YOUNG dancers are rehearsing for the final of a prestigious competition after wowing judges on the way to winning a hotly contested live heat.

The dance, performing arts and enrichment students from Richard Taunton Sixth Form College in Southampton will take to the stage at the Guildhall in Portsmouth on May 3 for the Dance Live! final after winning their heat against eight other schools and colleges from the region at the same venue.

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The team performed A Life Without Art, a dance choreographed by students and teachers Lisa Fernandez-Adams and Kirsty Dunne. It tells the story of a world deprived of art and then relates the colour and joy of discovering it.

The routine uses props and an LED background featuring a virtual art gallery to make its point of sharing joy and light after the darkness of Covid and is very different to entries in the previous nine years.

The competition’s eight heats have featured more than 80 school and college dance teams.

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