Cassie is breaking into the big time


SHE’s the talented local lass who started dancing at the tender age of three.

Now she’s breaking into the big time as part of a new pop group that’s making waves in the industry.

Chesterfield’s Cassie MacMillan is a member of Six-D, billed as the world’s first street dancing pop band.

The 22-year-old, along with bandmates Chantelle Bernard, Kieran Edmonds, Pierre Angus and Kimmy Campbell, has been all over the airwaves recently, appearing on BBC Radio 1, MTV UK and ITV’s Daybreak.

And outspoken Cassie, whose nickname in the band is Blondie, has been rubbing shoulders with the likes of JLS and The Saturdays, who both invited Six-D on tour with them recently.

Derbyshire girl Cassie says she can’t believe her luck. “It’s crazy and it’s still not sunk in. I don’t want to sound cheesy but it’s a dream come true!”

It’s a glamorous lifestyle which seems a world away from Cassie’s humble beginnings, but she remains a Chesterfield girl at heart.

She says: “Things have been non-stop this year but it’s always nice to come back home.”

Cassie grew up in Clay Cross and took her first steps towards fame at Kickers Dance Studio.

She says: “I’m still best friends with one of the girls from Kickers. They’re all so proud and give me huge support. I couldn’t really ask for more!”

At 16, she moved to London to enrol at Laine Theatre Arts school.

After graduating, Cassie starred in Fame on the West End and was a dancer on opera singer Sarah Brightman’s world tour.

She auditioned for Six-D in 2009, beating about 2500 applicants for a place in the band.

Their big break came last year when they signed to Jive Records, home of superstar artists like Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus.

Since then it’s been a rollercoaster ride for Cassie and her bandmates.

They were hand-picked by Lady Gaga choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson to spend a month in LA polishing their routines.

Cassie says: “We were the first UK band she’s been involved with. The fact that she wanted to work with us is a big compliment.”

And the six-piece have just released their first single, Best Damn Night, which was written by Wayne Wilkins, the man behind hits by Beyonce and Cheryl Cole.

Their album, which is being produced by Rico Love (Usher, P Diddy) and Jim Jonsin (Eminem, Nelly), is expected to follow next February.

There’s lots more hard work for Cassie in the meantime though - She’ll be back on our TV screens when Six-D appear in the ad breaks for this year’s X Factor.

So where does Cassie see herself in ten years time?

“Hopefully we’ll have arena tours and maybe even go international. I just want to keep working hard and achieving my dream.”

For this Chesterfield girl, that dream seems to be well within reach.