Rechelle tours to fame

Lady in gold: Rechelle Mansour. Details: From July 26 at the Roslyn Packer Theatre and from October 2 at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta - ticketmaster.com.au

Lady in gold: Rechelle Mansour. Details: From July 26 at the Roslyn Packer Theatre and from October 2 at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta - ticketmaster.com.au

Rechelle Mansour began dancing at a studio in Prestons, but spent the last three years dazzling the stage beside Marcia Hines and Tom Oliver.

As a ‘siren’ in the Velvet show, the 21-year-old has already achieved impressive goals in a competitive industry.

She won the part as backup singer to Hines three years ago and has channeled the world of disco, acrobatics and divas ever since.

So what’s next on the cards?

Mansour told The Champion that the tour introduced her to the travel-bug and a new passion for singing.

“I have so many goals and dreams, but I just hope to be in the same industry for the rest of my life. I’d like to tour overseas and maybe even explore things as a recording artist. I’ve mostly focused on dance,” she said.

Velvet’s national tour will return to Sydney in July. 

The rising star from Cecil Hills shared insight into some of the struggles she’s faced after 15 months of eight-show weeks.

“Living out of home is one thing, but touring is another experience all together. It has definitely matured me and I’m more appreciative of home,” she said.

“It has been pressure, but good pressure because that’s how you learn. As soon as you’re up on stage it’s worth it.

“I’ve learnt to look after myself. We’re quite a small cast so if you get sick then you just push through – we don’t have backups. I have to follow a well-balanced diet, take vitamins and supplements to give 100 per cent.”

The talented performer credits her motivation and career progression to two mentors.

One of them is former dance teacher Kaylie Yee. 

Ms Yee works as Brittany Spear’s assistant choreographer.

“Kaylie got me my first few gigs. It was so bizarre dancing next to the person who inspired me. She played a big role in my career and is still a mentor.”

She said Hines was also an influential presence.

“Marcia Hines has the audience in the palm of her hand, so being able to learn from her has been incredible. She’s the most amazing mentor.”

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