BALLET, which originated in the courts of Italy, 600 years ago, is an artistic form of dance.

Over the centuries its style has continually developed - moving from the Royal courts and on to the stage in the mid 1600s.

And it wasn't until the early 1800s when dancing on the tips of the toes, known as pointe work, became the norm for the ballerina.

The tutu, the full skirt made of tulle, was also introduced around this time, though it was calf length and much longer than the costume of today.

While great ballet companies have grown up across the globe and choreographers and composers have created many popular classical ballets, thousands of girls through the decades have attended ballet classes, taken examinations and competed in local arts festivals.

Today we take a look at some of those who have enjoyed their ballet in East Lancashire across the years.