ERIN Coates might look like a shy and quiet jewellery store attendant but those who have seen her dance know otherwise.
The 22-year-old performs as part of the Candy Shop Show, a flirtesque entertainment company which combines cabaret, burlesque, musical theatre and dance.
"It's a bit raunchy and a little bit cheeky but all in good taste," she said.
Erin allows a different side of her to shine while performing on stage.
"A lot of people say I'm shy and reserved in person, but I come alive on stage as I love it. You do have to come to terms with the idea that everyone has their eye on you but it's a very great, powerful energy to have."
Along with the dance come the outfits, which Erin admitted took some getting used to.
"I'm a lot more confident now. You definitely have to be on stage."
It seems as Erin's confidence grew, so did her career prospects.
Most recently Erin was offered a part in the ensemble and the role of dance captain in the Blue Fish Theatrical Company production of Chicago.
Staged as a musical vaudeville, the highly acclaimed biting satire tells the tale of a merry murderess Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, who desire celebrity and fame, with the aid of razor-sharp lawyer Billy Flynn and a striking cast of sinister performers.
Set against the backdrop of the jazz-age roaring '20s, Chicago is a show-stopping cavalcade of corruption and scandal.
"I'm assisting choreographer Jenny Usher and helping polish up all the dancers," Erin said.
Performed entirely by Queensland talent, Chicago will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Broadway revival and the 10th year since the Oscar-winning movie was released.
"I love the dance sequence and energy of the show. Technically it's not the hardest dance but it's a style you really have to master," she said.
While the competition to be involved with the production was fierce, Erin said she managed to get over the line with her industry experience and confidence.
Chicago is playing at the UQ Schonell Theatre from April 19-28. Bookings through www.qtix.com.au.
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