To be picked to dance at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony is an honour – one that a Fife teenager knows only too well.
Kirstin Stewart (17), from Windygates, was chosen to take part in the event last week in what she describes as an “amazing experience”.
Having been dancing almost from the time she could walk, Kirstin used to jump around at the back of her mother Fiona’s dance classes in Levenmouth.
And when she was old enough, she began to compete at national level.
But now, with her participation last Wednesday, she has followed in the footsteps of her mum, who took part in the 1986 ceremony at Meadowbank.
Kirstin said: “I attend the Delma Wilson School of Dancing in Forfar, which was approached by the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing as it was looking for dancers to take part in the opening ceremony.
“Five dancers from the school were chosen, but we were all sworn to secrecy!
“We couldn’t even discuss it with each other and only about three members of my family knew. It was all very top secret!”
“We had to go through numerous rehearsals to make sure the routine was perfect, and it was so nerve-wracking in the last few days building up to the event.
“Despite feeling really nervous, it was the best experience of my life,” Kirstin continued.
“Words can’t describe how I felt at the time and even now, when I think about the fact that I was given the chance to dance at such a huge event.
“It has definitely been a once in a lifetime opportunity.”