After five years performing with Scottish Dance Theatre Taine McKinstray is gearing up for her final year with the youth company.
However she isn’t going out quietly and, to prove it, she took centre stage in Scottish Dance Theatre’s Great Big Dance Show last week.
The 17-year-old is currently studying HNC Contemporary Dance Performance at Dundee and Angus College but credits the dance group for rekindling her love of dance.
Taine said: “I have danced all of my life and when I was younger I was a competitive freestyle dancer.
“It got to a point that although I wasn’t bored of dance, I just wanted to do more and I almost gave up dance as I didn’t know what I wanted to do.
“My parents started looking for other stuff I could do and my mum came across the Scottish Dance Theatre group.
“I went along for one week and fell in love with it so I joined as many workshops and classes as I could.
“The youth company is for those aged between 12-18 so this is will be my last year.
“It is a group of mixed abilities, but our choreographer Steven Martin encourages everyone to bring out their best.
“Because I didn’t know where to go from freestyle but I knew I wanted to do dance, Scottish Dance Theatre gave me more opportunities and more options for the future.”
At the Great Big Dance Show, which was held at the Dundee Rep, the audience were wowed with spectacular routines from a number of groups including the youth company, the children’s group and the Do Your Thing group which involves those with additional support needs.
Taine added: “We performed a piece that was 16 minutes long.
“We keep on adding to it and hope it will be 30 minutes long next year.”