Dance teams from schools across North Yorkshire are taking part in a national dance competition to spread the word that you can have fun without drink or drugs.

Rock Challenge is supported by North Yorkshire police and involves teams from six secondary schools, including Richmond, Bedale and Boroughbridge competing in the local heats at the Barbican in York on Wednesday March 18.

The schools are marked by professional judges for concept, costumes, hair, make-up and set design and the winning school will go on to perform in the Northern Open Final.

PC Suzanne Asquith, Youth Engagement Officer for North Yorkshire Police, said: "We are thrilled to be able to host Rock Challenge for a second time. Last year was a huge success and this year we have even more schools joining us. All the teams have worked so hard, rehearsing in their own time and involving their schools and local communities in creating their costumes and sets.”

North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said Rock Challenge drives home positive messages about crime prevention and substance misuse, demonstrating how young people can get a “buzz” without the need for alcohol or drugs.

She said: "I'm delighted to have been able to support the project with a contribution from my Community Fund. Rock Challenge is a fantastic initiative that is not only great fun but reinforces the message that you don't need alcohol, drugs or other substances to have a good time. “

PC Asquith said the competition had been credited with a reduction in anti social behaviour and an increase in self esteem. The performance starts at 7pm. For further information about Rock Challenge and sponsorship contact PC Asquith email