Students from a Carlisle dance school starred with an incredible performance on London's West End earlier this week. 

On Monday, April 8, after months of preparation, students from 13 Razzamataz schools, including Razzamataz Carlisle came together in a unique experience that combined an incredible performance opportunity in London’s West End with the chance to enjoy a day full of insight into the professional world of performing arts.

Razzamataz Performing Arts were thrilled to introduce the cast of The Next Step at the iconic Shaftesbury Theatre. The gala performance gave these talented young people the chance to showcase their skills across the three disciplines of dance, drama and singing.

News and Star: Outside the Shaftesbury Theatre in LondonOutside the Shaftesbury Theatre in London (Image: Supplied)

Aside from getting the chance to perform on a world class stage, the dedicated Razzamataz head office team spent many months in conversation with professional artists to lead masterclasses, and talent agents to scout students.

Prior to the evening performance, students engaged in a series of workshops, which not only primed them for the show but also offered invaluable insights into the realities of a performer's life, guidance for college auditions, and a deeper insight of what their next steps could be.

News and Star: The students impressed with their performanceThe students impressed with their performance (Image: Supplied)

Debbie Mitchell, principal of Razzamataz Carlisle said: "I am so proud of all the students and my entire team of teachers and staff members for their commitment to making our performance in the Next Steps show so amazing. We are committed to providing our students with experiences that go beyond the ordinary, for those that want to take their performing aspirations through to a career and for others who want exceptional opportunities that will build their confidence to feed through to other areas of their lives.

"Through our collaboration with industry professionals and prestigious performing arts colleges, we aim to empower our students with invaluable insights and guidance, ensuring they are equipped for success both on and off the stage."

Felicity reviewed the show and said: "Carlisle and Dumfries closed Act 1 with a spectacular performance inspired by the hit musical Wicked. The numbers were performed with huge skill from a large cast who all worked brilliantly together."