NEARLY 500 pupils from across Fife put on their dancing shoes for an annual festival on Thursday.

The Fife 6, 7, 8 Dance Festival, at the Lochgelly Centre, involved youngsters from across six high schools and 22 primary schools.

Organised by Fife Active Schools, the non-competitive dance festival is now its ninth year.

Organiser Jennifer Noble said: "We are delighted with how popular the event has become and had a record number of schools taking part this year.

"We are always amazed by the creativity of the choreographers and the ability and enthusiasm of the performers.

“Fife Active Schools recruit and develop a network of volunteers and coaches to deliver sport, dance, and physical activity. We provide a range of training and practical placements.

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"Some of the dance festival performances were developed by our dance leaders, volunteers, and coaches, and many by school staff that volunteer their time to run extra-curricular dance clubs in Fife’s schools.

"The whole event is also compered by pupils who are part of the Fife Active Schools Young Leadership Pathway. This ranges from pupils in P6 through to S6 who take lead on projects and promoting the role that sport and physical activity can have in their schools communities.

"This includes the creation of extracurricular opportunities for school children across Fife, such as dance clubs, which can be celebrated through events like the Fife 6, 7, 8 Dance Festival."