A TALENTED Paisley woman has been invited to join Scotland’s flagship contemporary dance company.

Sam Reid was among 60 hopefuls who took part in a rigorous audition process for the National Youth Dance Company of Scotland (NYDCS).

And the 20-year-old Buddie was jumping for joy when it was confirmed she was among the lucky 13 who were being offered a place.

Sam started dancing at the age of three and, five years later, joined Paisley-based company Right2Dance.

She is now based in London, where she is completing a Dance Studies course at Middlesex University.

Sam said being invited to join NYDCS is a dream come true.

She added: “This has been an aspiration of mine ever since I saw the company perform when I was younger.

“It inspired me to want to be part of NYDCS, sharing skills and further developing them with other dancers.”

Sam will now join 12 other dancers to work with Anna Kenrick to create a new piece to be premiered in February and toured nationally and internationally until August.

In March, the Company will jet off to Melbourne, Australia, to take part in an exchange and performance opportunity with Yellow Wheel Dance Company.

Launched in 2012 by YDance, which is the national dance organisation for children and young people in Scotland, members of NYDCS works with artistic director and choreographer Anna to develop their technical, creative and performance skills through a series of weekend workshops.

Members also have the opportunity to perform both nationally and internationally at a number of high-profile events and festivals.

For more information about NYDCS, visit www.ydance.org/projects/national-youth-dance-company-of-scotland/