FORTY pupils from Lawn Manor Academy took to the stage at Disneyland Paris to do a special routine for the Disney Performing Arts Team.

Disney's OnStage programme gives amateur groups the opportunity of a lifetime to demonstrate their talents and experience the thrill of performing live on a magical Disney stage.

Pupils got a glimpse of the organisation's professional world of entertainment and gave a 20-minute performance for the theme park crowds.

The performers, from Year 7 to 11 showcased their talents with a combination of rock ‘n’ roll and musical theatre to modern-day song and dance.

Lawn Manor's head of dance, Natasha Dixon, orchestrated the opportunity to take part in the scheme.

She explained: “We had to audition via video to Disney, which consisted of three-minute group dance and each soloist submitted a song. Disney has a very strict audition process, so we had to pay close attention to comply with the rules. Waiting for the outcome of the audition was the longest three weeks I’ve had in a while!”

“For some of our students this trip to Paris is the first time outside of the UK and there’s been a real buzz in the air," she said.

"They have counted down the days like it’s Christmas come early. There’s no greater prize for them than to be able to perform on an international stage.”

Pupils also got the chance to take part in a dance and musical theatre workshop led by Disney professionals.