DR WHO, Oliver Twist, and the Romans were among the themes of creative performances by youngsters at an annual dance festival.

Around 230 pupils performed to their proud parents at Workington's Carnegie Theatre in this year's U Dance.

The non-competitive event is hosted by Active Cumbria, the county's sport and physical activity partnership, and brings together pupils of all ages to choreograph dance and share their achievements through performance.

Youngsters work alongside a professional dancer to create their routine ahead of the event, which offers a unique opportunity to perform to a live audience in a professional setting.

Bookwell Primary School in Egremont performed a routine based around the Romans to engage more boys in performing.

Sarah Fawcett, PE co-ordinator at the school, said: "We were really pleased with the outcomes. We wanted to engage more boys and it made them more keen to dance and perform.

"The children really enjoyed it - they were asking when they could do it again. They helped develop the performance. The ideas came from the children - they made lots of suggestions and even gave up their lunch times to help make their costumes."

St Herbert's Nursery and Primary School in Keswick performed a Dr Who inspired routine.

Rachel Frampton, Key Stage Two teacher, said: "The children absolutely loved it. The whole organisation from start to finish was brilliant. We'll definitely be doing it again.

"It has improved the children's confidence and their commitment to something and given them the opportunity to do something they wouldn't normally get the chance to do."

Other schools taking part were Richmond Hill Primary School in Aspatria, Bransty Primary School in Whitehaven, Orgill Primary School in Egremont, St Bega's CE Primary School in Holmrook, Grasslot Infant School in Maryport, Moor Row Primary School, Gosforth CE Primary School, Flimby Primary School, Frizington Community Primary School and Lorton School.