READY FOR NEXT STAGE
FROM DANCING IN PARIS TO MOTHERHOOD, MORGAN KENNY IS PREPARING TO STEP BACK IN TO CABARET
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.”
COMEBACK: Cabaret dancer Morgan Kenny is ready to perform again after taking time away from the stage for the birth of her son Flynn.