AFTER sharing the stage with the likes of Michael Buble, Boyzone and The Pussycat Dolls, dancer Danielle Hampson landed a role in an internationally-acclaimed stage show.

The 22-year-old is touring Europe as resident dance director of Thriller, the show that follows the life and musical and film work of Michael Jackson.

Now she is passing on the skills that have taken her to the top to students at a Westhoughton dance school — the place where she first learnt to dance.

Danielle returned to the Wendy Heywood School of Dance Parochial School to pass on some of her valuable knowledge to the young dancers.

It meant pupils aged eight to 18 were choreographed to technically demanding Michael Jackson routines that Danielle has mastered, set to songs such as Blame It On The Boogie and Thriller.

She said: “They were brilliant. Wendy is a fantastic teacher and to be able to work with her and the pupils is a pleasure.

“It is very important to me to help others to learn new styles of dance and if that’s in my hometown then even better.”

Wendy Heywood, co-ordinator of the dance school, taught Danielle when she was an aspiring dancer and was quick to show her gratitude and praise for her protege.

She said Danielle had never forgotten her roots.

She added: “We have taught some dancers who have gone on to become famous and it’s good that they’re coming back to their roots to help younger people who are hoping to follow in their footsteps.”

Danielle graduated from the renowned Phil Winston’s Theatreworks in 2007 having attended the Wendy Heywood School of Dance in her hometown.

Some of her dance credits have included appearances on ITV’s For One Night Only and The X Factor as well as a Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

Danielle will be teaching again at the dance school tomorrow before jetting out to Frankfurt in Germany to rejoin the Thriller tour that runs until September.