READY FOR NEXT STAGE

FROM DANC­ING IN PARIS TO MOTH­ER­HOOD, MOR­GAN KENNY IS PRE­PAR­ING TO STEP BACK IN TO CABARET

Life & Style Weekend - - BIG READ - WORDS: SARAH DIONY­SIUS The Cabaret de Paris is show­ing at QPAC in Bris­bane on July 5 and 6. For tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion visit www.qpac.com.au.

The feathers and se­quins are back and mum’s jeans are out for for­mer Moulin Rouge dancer Mor­gan Kenny – and she couldn’t be more ex­cited.

Mor­gan, daugh­ter of for­mer iron­man Grant Kenny and swim­mer Lisa Curry, made a suc­cess­ful ca­reer as a show­girl and dancer, per­form­ing in the world’s most fa­mous cabaret in Paris.

When she and her hus­band Ryan Gru­ell found out they were preg­nant, Mor­gan put aside her danc­ing ca­reer to fo­cus on be­ing the “best mum she could be”.

Her son Flynn is now 15-months-old and the time has come for Mor­gan to bring her danc­ing shoes out of re­tire­ment as she gets set to per­form in Cabaret de Paris at the Queens­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre in Bris­bane next month.

“I have been dy­ing to get back on stage ever since my last per­for­mance when I was 15 weeks preg­nant,” she said.

“I was al­ways de­ter­mined to go back to danc­ing once I had my son and I’m just so ex­cited that the time has come.”

Mor­gan be­gan danc­ing when she was 15 years old and dove in to full-time per­form­ing when she was 18.

By the time she was 20, Mor­gan was ready to try her luck in Paris and made the move to the city of love.

She be­gan danc­ing two shows a day, seven days a week in the Moulin Rouge, where she made a name for her­self as a pro­fes­sional show­girl.

Al­most a decade later, mar­ried to her high-school sweet­heart, mum to lit­tle Flynn and liv­ing at Alexan­dra Head­land, Mor­gan said she had never been hap­pier.

“I feel phys­i­cally stronger than be­fore I had Flynn and I have more of a sense of who I am,” she said.

“I have def­i­nitely ma­tured since hav­ing my son and I think that will help with per­form­ing on stage.”

Mor­gan said while danc­ing was phys­i­cally de­mand­ing, moth­er­hood had def­i­nitely been her big­gest chal­lenge yet.

“Danc­ing is so easy in com­par­i­son re­ally, you learn the steps and rou­tines and you prac­tise it. Be­ing a mum you think you be­gin to get in to a rou­tine that’s work­ing and then a few days later it’s out the win­dow,” she said.

Mor­gan said while she had al­ways known she had wanted to be a mother but she never re­alised just how re­ward­ing it would be.

“Flynn def­i­nitely keeps me on my toes but he is the most beau­ti­ful lit­tle boy,” she said.

“I am just blown away by his pro­gres­sion and am hav­ing so much fun hang­ing out with

him ev­ery day.

“He is the great­est lit­tle gift and my big­gest achieve­ment.”

Flynn was also Mor­gan’s big­gest lit­tle fan, hav­ing grown up watch­ing his mum dance around the house.

She said he of­ten came along to watch her Brazil­ian samba danc­ing in Mooloolaba.

“When he first saw me in full cos­tume I thought he may have started cry­ing but he just looked a lit­tle con­fused for a sec­ond un­til he heard me talk and then he just gave me the big­gest smile,” she said.

Mor­gan said the Cabaret de Paris would hope­fully be the first of many per­for­mances to come.

It will be show­ing in Bris­bane on July 5 and 6.

“The shows have taken el­e­ments from the French cabaret but has given it a mod­ern twist that I think the au­di­ence will re­ally love,” she said.

“It starts off with a re­ally ex­trav­a­gant open­ing but there is a good mix of high and low en­ergy per­for­mances with a co­me­dian and live singing.”

While this per­for­mance would be the start of Mor­gan’s come­back, she said she had no solid plans.

“If there was an op­por­tu­nity for us as a fam­ily to move over­seas and the time was right then we would take it,”she said.

“But for now at the mo­ment I am very happy liv­ing and rais­ing Flynn on the Sun­shine Coast.”

PHOTO: LIAM KID­STON

COME­BACK: Cabaret dancer Mor­gan Kenny is ready to per­form again af­ter tak­ing time away from the stage for the birth of her son Flynn.

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