LOCKHART Brownlie is a shining example that teenage dreams do come true.
The Launceston-born dancer has spent the past 10 months taking in 126 cities, thousands of kilometres and millions of fans as one of the four male back-up dancers in pop sensation Katy Perry's California Dreams world tour.
As Brownlie, 21, enjoyed his month-long summer break at his family's Norwood home yesterday, he spoke about the past year.
``It's been pretty unreal, but pretty awesome,'' the former St Patrick's and Newstead College student said.
``I always wanted to do it, but never knew I'd be doing it at 21.''
Brownlie - or just Lockie to his close friends - first joined Perry at the European Music Awards in Spain last year.
From there, he continued to the American Music Awards in Los Angeles and the Jingle Ball Concerts - a series of performances arranged by a Los Angeles radio station.
Brownlie began work on Perry's California Dreams world tour early this year and has since taken in the United Kingdom, Australia, the US and New Zealand for the tour that ended last month.
``Any city or country you thought could have a show, that's where we went,'' he said.
``It got a little gruelling, I think the most shows we ever did was three in row and that was with travelling as well, so you'd do a show, you'd jump back on the tour bus and you'd travel six to seven hours to the next city and then do it all again.
``But you can't complain too much because you're everywhere, doing so many different things and having great experiences.''
And the great experiences didn't stop when the concerts ended.
``We were all like a big family,'' Brownlie said.
``We'd watch movies in her (Perry) room and go and do fun things together in the city. We went to a big theme park one day, we went to a big water park another day and went on a yacht one day.
``She's (Perry) an adventurous girl and she's young and wants to see everything as well, so why not bring your dancers and band members along with you.''
Brownlie said one of his highlights was performing in South America in front of 100,000 people at the 10-day Rock in Rio festival.
``On the night that we were performing Elton John and Rihanna also performed,'' he said.
``It was amazing, you were dancing in an outside venue, the wind coming at you and you were just on such a high adrenaline rush.''
The 2011 Perry tour journey is over for Brownlie but he plans to return to Los Angeles late next month, after teaching in Tasmania and Sydney in January, and rejoin the dance scene.
He said he hoped to get into music videos and dance-based movies.
``The great thing about LA is there is so much work constantly happening so you can't really plan anything you've just got to see what happens,'' Brownlie said.
``And when she's (Perry) ready to go back on tour, whenever that may be, hopefully I'll be back with her.''
Brownlie said the most important thing for people to do was follow their dreams.
``You can't hold yourself back. You can't keep questioning yourself, you need to know that the talent you have is what it is and you've just got to do it.''
Brownlie will teach in Hobart at the Jenina's Dance Workshop's annual summer school from January 13 to 15.