A dancer is enjoying continued global success, reports FIONA PURNELL.
Diane Davie from Glenrothes was competing for the first time in the European and World championships for Irish dancing in Berlin.
The 28-year-old claimed first place in her section in the European competition and finished third in the world contest.
Both international competitions were organised by the World Irish Dance Association.
Diane qualified for the global competitions after winning the Irish Open Championships in Belfast towards the end of last year.
She said: “It was really good and a great experience.
“I’d never been to Berlin before either so that was an experience in itself.
“There was a great atmosphere at the competition and the venue was nice.
“I was very happy with my performance.
“I didn’t think I could have given it any more and I had blisters on my feet to prove it.
“I really just wanted to get a place and would have been happy with top 10 or 20, but to finish in the top three for both is fantastic.
“I travelled over myself and one of my friends who stays in Germany drove four hours to see me.
“Afterwards I was phoning everyone back here to tell them the result and everyone was saying it was amazing.
“My dancing teacher, I’ve been with her for about 11 years, when I phoned her she was ecstatic and over the moon for me.”
But despite her recent success, Diane continues to have a busy schedule ahead of her, as it is not just competitive dancing she is involved in.
She said: “I go to the French Riviera for four days to dance in a festival and then I’m going to Slovenia for another festival in July.
“Competition wise, I’ve got the British Open to look forward to in October.
“It keeps me busy!”
Diane has learned a variety of different dance styles since she was a young girl, but it was only when she was 16 that she took up Irish dancing.