Catherine's dance for joy during opening ceremony
An engineering graduate from the University of Bath will be taking centre stage when the world looks to London for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Catherine Stambouzou is one of 10,000 dancers helping to create a spectacular show on July 27, which is expected to be watched by one billion people around the globe.
She took up dance as a student in Bath and was a member of the students' union's Bodysoc dance society.
But now she is taking orders from Oscar-winning film director Danny Boyle, who is best known for his work on Slumdog Millionaire.
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Miss Stambouzou, who works as an implant engineer, looking at new ways to attach prosthetic limbs directly to the skeleton, spotted an advert for the dance auditions while she was in London for a job interview.
She said: "It's such a fantastic opportunity for non-professional dancers to be involved in the Olympics and to be part of such a high profile event.
"We're rehearsing in small groups and then as the games get closer the rehearsals really step up. It's a big commitment."
She added: "My job leaves me with little time for regular dance classes and that's why I'm so grateful for the Olympic opportunity because it means that as well as being part of the games I'll be dancing on a weekly basis.
"I'm so excited about the ceremony. I've lived in lots of different countries around the world and actually being part of the games has made me feel much more patriotic."