THE theme of the Olympics was brought to life in dance.

Hundreds of school pupils from across the area took part in the Chippenham Dance Festival.

And this year's was bigger and better than ever.

Hosted at the Neeld Community and Arts Centre in Chippenham, it featured dancers from the age of four to 18.

The aim was to embody the Olympic values of determination, equality, respect, friendship, excellence, courage and inspiration.

Organiser Jessica Pierce, from Abbeyfield School in Chippenham, said: “It was a fantastic success. Full of fun and energy.

“We are so pleased and are very excited to already be planning next year’s event.”

Other organisers were Selina Porter and Emma Barton, forming the Chippenham Sports Partnership.

“The festival is a fantastic way for pupils to work together and express themselves through the forum of dance,” said Jessica.

“For some it will be outside of their comfort zones, and a great way to start developing their confidence.

"However, the main aim of the festival is for everyone – performers and the audience alike – to have fun.”

This was the fourth year the event has been held. More the 280 students took part from local primary and secondary schools.

It is organised by three secondary schools forming the Chippenham Sports Partnership.

Thirteen schools took part and each spent months training.