Little ballet stars are big fans of Barbie!

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One of the top names in modern dance watched 22 tiny tots from the Central Scotland Ballet School put on a prize performance.

The youngsters, aged between three and eight, were thrilled to pirouette in front of prima ballerina and Royal Academy of Dance president Darcey Bussell.

The budding ballerinas performed their winning piece from the Barbie Ballet class competition in front of the famous dancer and TV personality at RAD’s headquarters in London on April 18.

The ballet school, based in Falkirk, was crowned the winner of the contest on March 17 after being chosen ahead of 27 other schools by judges Darcey Bussell, English National Ballet star Laurretta Summerscales and RAD artistic director Lynn Wallis.

The school entered the competition after submitting a video of the Barbie-inspired dance they created in a one-hour workshop.

Amanda-Louise Clark, director of the Central Scotland Ballet School, said: “Our Barbie Ballet class has really captured the imagination of both the children and their parents.

“I’m delighted and overwhelmed the project has created such a buzz of excitement about ballet.

“Winning the competition was an incredible surprise and our trip to London was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of the children involved.

“Everyone was especially thrilled about the chance to meet and dance for RAD President Darcey Bussell.”

The RAD ran the Barbie Ballet Class Competition in association with Universal Pictures (UK) to mark the launch of the movie ‘Barbie in the Pink Shoes’.