A KNIGHTSWOOD talent with dreams of becoming a professional dancer has bounced back from a broken arm to perform at her school’s showcase this weekend.

Mia Nicholas, 13, is a student at the Dance School of Scotland and has been touted as a bright prospect by staff at the Knightswood school.

After missing last year’s showcase because of injury, she is ready to go this year.

Mia, who studies a range of dance styles from ballet and contemporary to modern and jazz, has longer term aims of going professional.

Jo Di Lieto, the stage manager at the school, said: “She is definitely heading towards a career in dance. She’s a lovely girl, who is very keen, willing and enthusiastic.

“Last year she broke her arm in the run up to the showcase but she’s a lovely smiley girl.”

Pupils audition for a place at the prestigious performance school in primary seven before a select number are accepted to start in first year.

Many former students are members of prestigious dance companies including, Scottish Ballet, the Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Others are performing in West End and Broadway productions such as Chicago, Matilda, Wicked and 42nd Street.

Rehearsals are nearly complete for the showcase, which is taking place in The Theatre Royal, Glasgow on Thursday and Friday, June 15 and 16.

The theme of this year’s show is astronomy, with ideas drawn from space and the signs of the zodiac.

Ms Di Lieto added: “They have all taken inspiration from things to do with space so constellation, eclipses, or sci-fi – such as aliens or moon landings.

“Space is the theme running through the whole thing. People who comes to see it will get a broad range of dance, such as street dance alongside ballet.

“Mia is excelling in everything at the moment so it’s hard to put her into a niche. She is setting her sights on a professional career.

“I think it’s just great. I like to see them come into the school as first years and then make their way out and represent Scotland worldwide.”

Tickets for the showcase can be bought from the ATG Theatres website at atgtickets.com or alternatively by visiting the Theatre Royal box office.