Erin is not too shy for Chicago

Erin Coates in Candy Shop Show.
Erin Coates in Candy Shop Show. Charlie Bilek

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

Topics:  chicago dancer

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Cousins reunited after 50 years

Long lost cousins Merilyn and Glenda.

Cousins reunited after 50 years

Centrelink complaints increase by almost 50%

Complaints to Centrelink have been up in 2015-16.

Complaints to the Commonwealth Ombudsman about Centrelink increased.

Life 'destroyed' after man takes teenage former lover captive

Man sentenced for three-day ordeal involving rifle and machete

Local Partners

TRAVEL: Musicals light up Sydney

David Campbell performs in Dream Lover.

We take a trip through one of Sydney's finer scenes

In Flames are super 'proud' of new album

In Flames album to be released in November.  Photo Contributed

In Flames to release new album in November

Selma Blair blames flight outburst on 'psychotic blackout'

Selma Blair

"I am someone who should never drink, and I rarely do"

Bob Dylan acknowledges Nobel Prize win

Bob Dylan has finally acknowledged his Nobel Prize win

WATCH: Trailer for Jackman's final Wolverine film released

First trailer for the last Wolverine film with Hugh Jackman.

Thrilling trailer promises a dark, dystopian finale for Wolverine

CCTV footage surfaces of Kim Kardashian West's robbers

The blurry footage shows three men on bikes and two on foot

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track

Heavyweight enters real estate market

Des Besanko principal and director of Raine and Horne Springfield.

Major rebranding which has seen two big name brands merge