A large contingent of Oathall students took part in the Rock Challenge dance competition in Crawley on Monday 24 March.Rock Challenge 2014

Following a full day of technical rehearsals the troupe took to the stage at The Hawth and dazzled the crowds with their original dance routine which drew inspiration from traditional fairy tales.

Cinderella made an appearance during the show – which was set against the backdrop of an enchanted forest – along with a coven of terrifying witches!

Over 90 dancers in total took part in the Oathall performance whilst several other students helped out behind the scenes with staging, lighting, hair and make-up.

Dance teacher Mrs Carla Avery said: “Taking part in Rock Challenge was dream come true for us. All of the performers and helpers behind the scenes should be praised for their passion and dedication over the last few months. I am incredibly proud of them.”

Eleven other West Sussex schools took part on the day; Rock Challenge has grown in recent years to become the UK’s most popular youth culture event though it is also popular in America, Australia and Japan.

Rock Challenge isn’t just open to performers, there are also awards recognising excellence behind the scenes – Oathall won accolades for costuming, drama skills and concept on the night.

See live-tweets from the event here via @Oathallnews and look out for some photos via the school’s Flickr page soon.