Kirsty is originally from the hills of Ayrshire Scotland and first experienced highland dancing as her escape for schoolwork and bullying as a child.
As a teenager she met inspirational dancers and teachers and these positive influences taught her how to work hard and "be serious about dancing" and to "play drums in my friend's band and not take life too seriously” in equal measure, says Kirsty. Her commitment to a life in dance was put to the test when, after securing a place at The Place at just 17, she was asked to leave the course prematurely.
"I felt like my world had collapsed. Thankfully, the school’s director said she would take another look at me after speaking to some of my amazing peers. I danced like I had never danced before, or possibly after. That moment made me realise how much I wanted to chase this dream and not let anyone down. Now, I feel that 17, is far too young to take on this type of course.” At NOCTURN we often find that individuals can express tales of rejection, instabilities and bad experiences in dance, which just make them turn their back on dance. Kirsty herself describes life and an emerging professional dancer as "auditions, frequent rejections, instabilities and injuries."
We advocate for a supportive environment to bring the joy to dance back into people’s lives and for Kirsty, “it felt like coming home." At NOCTURN we can be, as Kirsty puts it "a weekly dose of sanity" then we feel our work is having real impact beyond the creation of high quality learning experiences for people like Kirsty.
"I am asked to move in sometimes awkward, sometimes delicious ways and, most importantly, think about the world and how we interact with each other. As the kids get older I now feel that I have something for me again and surely that’s a huge goal for everyone, whatever your situation is."