AFTER world championship success in December, a Lamancha dancer is still making moves in her online classes.

Olivia McQuaker, 12, is part of the world under-12s champions in Synchro-Latin dancing with Glasgow-based Dance2inpire.

"They're doing zoom classes twice a week at the moment," Olivia's mum, Alison McQuaker, told us. "It's very difficult to do synchronisation over video.

"At the moment they're doing strengthening exercises, and they'll have to practically start from scratch for their routines when they can get together again."

The style of dance that Olivia does is similar to that which fans of Strictly Come Dancing will recognise from the show's opening numbers.

Olivia and her three teammates, Annabel, Maya and Jessica, are all committed to their love of dance, travelling to the Glasgow studios weekly.

Olivia has been dancing since she was two years old, and her passion for the art hasn't changed since being taken under the wing of coach Bas Willems, who owns Dance2inspire with Jennifer Mcmillan.

Bas, 31, told the Peeblesshire News how the COVID-19 lockdown has affected his students training from home.

He said: "Since we don't have studio access, we initially took time to think about how we were going to teach so everyone could stay in action.

"By using Zoom, we can do classes online for groups and private sessions.

"We're really working on the dancers' technique rather than routines."

Originally from the Netherlands, Bas has been pleased that feedback from pupils has been so positive.

"It's a new challenge," he said. "We're trying to understand what works and what doesn't.

"Feedback has been great, the students seem to be enjoying the online classes, they all have a shared love of dance.

"The best thing about Zoom is the students not just being able to see coaches, but they can see everyone taking part.

"It's even a possibility to use it in the future for students who are sick or can't make classes."

And as well as taking part in her online dance classes, Olivia is being home-schooled by mum, Alison, alongside her siblings.

Alison joked: "Because of where we live, I guess we've been social isolating for ages.

"We've got three kids at home but there's plenty of space."