DANCE students were jumping for joy after the success of their first show at The Brunton in Musselburgh since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

After a year of ‘virtual’ dancing in their living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms via Zoom, young performers from the Morag Alexander School of Dance took to the stage once more.

With audiences still not allowed, each performance was filmed and will be available to view.

The dancers brightened up Bridge Street ahead of the show as they walked from their studio to the theatre in costume, with passers-by delighted by the sequins and sparkles.

After practising at their weekly classes to perfect their show pieces, the students, aged from three to 18, came together for their first performance since the coronavirus crisis. Some involved had even managed to work towards a Royal Academy of Dance exam while rehearsing for the show.

Along with the help and support from all the teachers, not least Morag Alexander herself, the students performed an “exceptional show” in all different styles of dance, from classical ballet to modern.

A spokesperson for the dance school said: “We would like to thank the parents who continued to support the school throughout the pandemic, without them this wouldn’t be possible. Also a huge thank you to our pupils, who have put so much work into this year’s show since the school reopened in May, especially the children who were involved in examinations.

“We are so proud of all our students and what they have achieved during the ups and downs of this year.”