DANCING QUEEN: Rockhampton dancer Caitlin McMahon can’t wait to return home to show the local dancers the skills she learnt as a cruise ship performer.
DANCING QUEEN: Rockhampton dancer Caitlin McMahon can’t wait to return home to show the local dancers the skills she learnt as a cruise ship performer. Contributed

Rocky dancer can do the can-can in more than 30 countries

FROM performing her jazz routines on the stage of the Pilbeam Theatre to kicking her legs in the cancan on various London stages, Caitlin McMahon has been dancing up a storm since she left the Beef Capital.

Caitlin, 23, said she had been living in London for the past two years working as a professional dancer.

"I've spent the last couple of years as a dancer and aerialist with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and was lucky enough to have travelled the world to over 30 different countries," she said.

"I have just completed two seasons with The Tiller Girls which is an English all-girl kick line show which was founded in the 1890s and is the inspiration for the Radio City Rockettes in America.

While in Europe I also performed as a featured guest artist in the Circus Roncalli in Germany and I will now be venturing to Macau, China, to perform in The Fashionistas cast at The Galaxy, a world-class resort.

"The best thing about being a dancer and performing is getting that rush of adrenaline when the curtain goes up and the feeling you get when you see the audience enjoying what you're doing."

The former Rockhampton Grammar School and Rockhampton Academy of Dancing student said although she loved performing on various stages around the world she did miss the local eisteddfods at the Pilbeam Theatre.

"I've taught and choreographed for many dancers in Rockhampton at various studios and Rocky is absolutely bursting with talent, it seems to be growing year by year," she said.

"I always think about the times everyone spent at the Pilbeam Theatre every day during eisteddfods and practising for dance performances, I do miss that.

"After my contract in Macau I plan to make my way back home to Australia to continue my career in the industry.

I will be returning home at the end of the year and am currently in the planning stages of bringing a three-day intensive dance workshop for early 2016."

ROCKHAMPTON DANCERS:

Rockhampton's Rebecca Skinner has returned to Rockhampton and opened her own dance school after performing on cruise ships over a number of years.

Rocky boy Garret Lyon is now a local street performer in Brisbane and teaches indigenous children performance workshops for a living.