We sat down for a chat with (dis)connect cast members, Megan Breguet, Kirby Dewar and Xavier McGettigan so you can get to know them a little better.

Where are you from? Where did you grow up?

Megan: I was born in Moriac just out of Geelong and spent the first 12 years growing up in Geelong until I moved to china for 6 months. After that I returned back to Geelong and have been here ever since.
Kirby: I've lived my entire life on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Xavier: I was born in Ballarat, grew up living in Geelong and Ballarat (going to school in Geelong) and now I currently live in Caroline Springs.

Where have you studied?

Megan: I graduated high school in 2016 and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Deakin University. As a young child my mum put me into dance classes when I was 3. I tried a few different places before settling on Impetus Dance Theatre.
Kirby: I've been dancing with Debbie Lee School of Dance for twenty years, and also spent a number of years dancing with Kirralee Badham, both in and out of school. I attended school at Christian College, from prep through to year twelve. I studied photography and sound engineering at Oxygen College.
Xavier: I went to Newcomb Secondary College where my love of dance grew doing Rock Eisteddfod, whilst learning dance at the Keryn Louise Academy of Dance and Parallax Dance Company. I completed the full-time course at Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance in 2012.

 Megan Breguet having fun at rehearsals.

Megan Breguet having fun at rehearsals.

What's your favourite/best performance you've been involved in? Any other highlights?

Megan: My favourite performance was definitely being a part of both seasons SIGNIFICANCE, it was such an amazing experience. Another highlight for me was performing with the State School Spectacular as an elite ensemble dancer. The energy that everyone had in the performances was just amazing.
Kirby: Performing 'The Lion King' at Splash!Dance with Debbie Lee School of Dance was an absolute blast.
Xavier: It's hard to choose! SIGNIFICANCE and Headcase were both highlights, as well as performing in Stacey Carmichael and Xavier Robertson's Forbidden and Stacey's Fall: Catch Me. I also was recently the Musical Director for Humdrum Comedy's Gilligan's Island: The Musical at Chapel Off Chapel which was a very exciting experience.

What do you do for work?

Megan: I work casually as a barista while I am doing my studies which between the two takes up a lot of my time.
Xavier: I am a freelance dance teacher across Geelong, and have taught at most schools and dance studios in the area. I teach regular classes at Impetus Dance Theatre, Debbie Lee School of Dancing and Infinite Dance Studios.

 Kirby Dewar mid-performance at  (dis)connect  rehearsals.

Kirby Dewar mid-performance at (dis)connect rehearsals.

What are your interests outside of dance?

Megan: Outside of dance I love spending time with friends and family and I am very interested in anything medical related!
Kirby: I love reading, photography, and listening to music. I'm also very fond of action-adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy movies.
Xavier: In my limited spare time I enjoy playing the clarinet with the Geelong Concert Band, playing video games (currently re-visiting Skyrim), reading books and webcomics (currently XKCD, Questionable Content and Wilde Life), and watching Steven Universe, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and YouTube.

What inspires you?

Megan: People inspire me. I love hearing people's stories about their lives and what they've accomplished. My mum is a massive inspiration of mine. She is the strongest woman I know who has managed to build a life for herself and become an independent woman.
Kirby: Loving what I do, and wanting to be better at it than I was yesterday.
Xavier: Anything and everything, but especially good music, everyday life and a good story!

 Megan Breguet, Kirby Dewar and Xavier McGettigan.

Megan Breguet, Kirby Dewar and Xavier McGettigan.

What's your favourite song?

Megan: I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
Kirby: At the moment, 2002 - Anne-Marie
Xavier: The Visitor - Jim O'Rourke

What's your favourite dance genre?

Megan: Contemporary
Kirby: Commercial Jazz
Xavier: Contemporary (with Disco as a close second!)

Favourite Dance Styles (continued)

What's your biggest pet peeve?

Megan: Slow walkers.
Kirby: People touching my things.
Xavier: Bad train etiquette, sitting alone on tho 4-seater sections, pushing on before letting people disembark, etc.

What's your biggest guilty pleasure?

Megan: Definitely maltesers!
Kirby: Lush products.
Xavier: The Hot Chicken Project.

Monte Carlo or Kingston?

Megan: Ummm neither?
Kirby: Neither.
Xavier: Kingstons forever! It's chocolate between two ANZAC (sorta) biscuits, what's not to love?

Monte Carlo vs. Kingston (continued)

(dis)connect is on at the Shenton Performing Arts Centre this July 13th and 14th.
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