Kayleigh McMullen

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 8.53.55 amHOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
I have a dance background and grew up on the Sunshine Coast. I actually had my 13th birthday party at Cirque Espace on the flying trapeze! Then I was hooked and wanted to learn more and more!

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I also ride horses when I have the time and am studying my Masters in Speech Pathology.

WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU? EVERYTHING!
I absolutely cannot imagine life without movement. It’s my ‘me’ time, my social time and where I feel I can achieve anything if I work hard enough.

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WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
Ohh this one is tough! I’ve got to perform at many beautiful events but my experience working with an Australian circus as part of their flying trapeze troupe was a fantastic experience. I’ve also just opened my own studio on the Sunshine Coast this year (Absolute Aerials) and am loving sharing my skills with other likeminded people and watching them grow.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
I’ve always loved dance and aerial silks. For me they go really well together and I’m able to use my strength to my advantage a bit more. I love the drops, twists, turns and dancing to the music. It’s my happy place. Nothing beats the appreciation an audience can give you!

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
I would like to at some stage be part of a production performing aerials/dance or flying trapeze. Whether that’s in Australia or overseas I don’t know. But something, I’m certainly not done performing and am super excited for what the next few years might bring. I’d like my business to have expanded by training some more coaches and perhaps even be using my degree in Speech Pathology to run special classes or sessions that incorporate both my passions.

WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
Because it makes people happy and provides the most inspiring and captivating spaces!

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