A Fife woman has become a world champion, reports MIKE DELANEY.
Diane Davie has been crowned the planet’s queen of Irish dancing.
And the 29 year-old has revealed how it was an advertisement in the ‘Gazette’ which saw her step out on the path that has taken her to the very top.
It’s the culmination of years of training and dedication for the 29 year-old, who began dancing as a young girl but only took up Irish dancing when she was 16.
And it comes on the back of last year’s incredible achievement when she won the European title at the first time of asking, while finishing third in the World in contests organised by the World Irish Dancing Association.
The 29 year-old said: “I danced at the British Open championships in October last year and came third.
“This meant I qualified to dance at the European and World Championships again, which were held in Dusseldorf in Germany this year.
“I was European champion last year and keen to retain my title, which I did.
Then the World Championships were held which I won also - a dream come true having placed third last year.”
Diane, who has travelled all over the world, said she had worked hard for her success: “I was practising everyday in the run up to the competition in the studio at Millennium Fitness Centre, as well as going to class in Edinburgh.“
Diane is a pharmacy student in the city, but continues to live in Pitteuchar with her parents and brother.
She said: “I don’t know where my interest in Irish dancing came from originally, because no one in the family dances and we have no Irish connection.
“I just saw an advert in the ‘Gazette’ one day for classes at St Paul’s Church and I thought ‘I’ll give that a try’ and it just went on from there.”
Her status means that doors could open to her to work professionally, on shows such as ‘Riverdance’, but she said: “I don’t know how I would feel being away from home for a long time.
“I do travel with a team which I am part of and we were in America last year with that, but to be honest I prefer to dance competitively as I just get so much out of it.
“I will have to stay at the top of my game, because I could go and do a competition next week and get beaten, but I have this title for a year, which is great.”