Glenrothes girl’s 4500 mile dance call up

Glenrothes teenager Amber Braid, front right, made a last minute dash to Malta

Glenrothes teenager Amber Braid, front right, made a last minute dash to Malta

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A teenage dancer from Glenrothes has just returned from a 4,500 mile roundtrip to perform at the prestigious Malta Military Tattoo.

Auchmuty High School pupil Amber Braid had just a few hours to prepare for the performance after she received the call to fly out and join a select group of hand-picked traditional Scottish dancers, regarded as some of the best Scotland.

The sixteen-year-old was selected to replace a colleague who had fallen ill and was called upon having already had the experience of dancing at the world renowned Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an event that is watched every year by an estimated global TV audience of 100 million.

In fact Amber was the youngest of all the dancers in Edinburgh last year.

Proud father Michael said it was his daughter’s reward for having missed this year’s Edinburgh Castle event because of school examinations.

“It was a call out of the blue and having had the disappointment of missing this year’s Edinburgh Tattoo to concentrate on revising for exams, the family are pleased for Amber that she had had the chance to experience a much respected event as the Malta Tattoo,” he told the Gazette.

The engagement is just the latest in in the diary for the busy and in-demand member of Glenrothes -based Sarah Hendry Dance School.

For the Malta trip was the third European call up for Amber, whose traditional dance skills have already taken her to similar performance events in Germany and Turkey in the last year.

The youngster is now planning to go into further education while dividing her spare time up for dance training and her second love - Karate.

The combined fitness and dedication has seen Amber complete the various karate belt grades and is now just a step away from a high prized black belt, a fantastic achievement for the sixteen-year-old.