Slideshow: Dancers showcase their talent at the Colsterworth Festival of Performing Arts

This year’s Colsterworth Festival of Performing Arts has begun with a bang.

The two-week festival showcases dance, music, drama and film, and has grown each year since it launched in 1997.

Colsterworth Festival of Performing Arts. The Dance Academy. Photo: Big Image Photography

Colsterworth Festival of Performing Arts. The Dance Academy. Photo: Big Image Photography

First to take centre stage, kicking it off this year, were dancers from across the Grantham area and beyond.

Held at Walton Girls’ High School for the first time, performers competed against each other. Among them were pupils of the Grantham’s Dance Pointe and Swinstead-based The Dance Academy.

Festival chairman Julia Kerby said: “We’ve had a fantastic six days of high-class performance at our biggest ever Colsterworth Dance Festival.

“We had a new venue this year, which was absolutely superb, and we have had so much positive feedback about the school. Thanks to all the school staff who helped us to make the festival such a success.

Colsterworth Festival of Performing Arts. Dancepointe Acadmey, Grantham.'Photo: Big Image Photography

Colsterworth Festival of Performing Arts. Dancepointe Acadmey, Grantham.'Photo: Big Image Photography

“Our excellent adjudicator, Jayne Wing, commented on the incedibly high standard of all our performers.

“It was lovely to see our regular dance schools and to welcome a number of schools coming to us for the first time from Sleaford, Lincoln and Oakham.”

Winner of the festival’s bursary prize was Shelby White, from Retford-based De Burnays Dance Centre, with James Briggs from Dance Pointe and Lily Godfrey from Nottingham’s Katie Wright School as runners-up.

The festival continues today (Friday) with ‘schools day’ at The Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham, followed over the weekend by music, drama and film in Colsterworth.