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Are you a Triple Threat Performer???

September 14, 2020

For the October long weekend close out the holidays with a three day workshop with some great Australian performers that find themselves with some extra time on their hands thanks to the Covid Restrictions.  This is one of those rare positive outcomes as a direct result of the shut down of the Performing Arts Industry at the moment.  All classes will be held at Studio 53, Mackay. 

Pengelly Productions presents a long weekend of Masterclasses, for ages 7 & over, in all dance genres and Q & A sessions with current Industry professionals culminating in an On-line Virtual Performance.  While it is encouraged that participants take all classes offered for their age group each day, it is possible to only attend one genre ie Tap or Musical Theatre by contacting the organiser directly.  

This is a phenomenal opportunity to have an intensive immersion into all genres of Performing Arts, with a collection of industry professions rarely found assembled outside of the capitol cities.

All classes have been capped at 20 students 

Full refunds are guaranteed should the event cancel due to any changes in the state governments rules due to Covid-19 health regulations and advice.

Don’t delay!  Book Now to avoid disappointment!! 

Dale Pengelly – Musical Theatre

Dale has been a leading light in the Australian and international theatre scene spanning over three decades.

His career started brilliantly with the young Dale being accepted into the prestigious Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. Having studied with such Australian greats – Steven Heathcote, Paul Mercurio and David Macallister.  Dale went on to Queensland Ballet, where he became not only a featured soloist, but partnered with Rosetta Cook – one of the most celebrated and enduring partnerships Australian ballet has ever seen.

Dale’s passion for theatre was not just restricted to dance, he then stepped into musical theatre in the biggest way Australia had ever seen, in the phenomenon that was ‘Hot Shoe Shuffle’, a production that took him all the way to London’s West End.  ‘As the World Goes Round’, was Dale’s choreographic debut, with Todd McKenney, Maria Mercedes and Jodie Gillies at the Sydney Opera House.

Dale has performed in many Australian Musicals.


Taylor Bubb – Hip Hop

With CSTD diploma qualifications, Taylor extends her expertise to a wide variety of students of all ages and abilities.

Launching her own business The Choreographic Element in 2018, she has been busy choreographing all over Brisbane in dance schools, state schools and freelancing in Mackay and Rockhampton, as well as performing in corporate company gigs and entertainment.

She was lucky enough to perform in the Melbourne Tap Festival after receiving the BPAC Tap Scholarship in 2013.  She was also awarded a scholarship to Broadway Dance Centre in New York in 2014 for the most outstanding performer of the Brisbane Eisteddfod.

She has been highly trained in all styles of dance since the age of 3 and her passion shines through in all of her classes and choreography in all genres.

Nathaniel Hancock – Tap

Nathaniel started his dance journey at The Ritz in Brisbane and has been a cast member of Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs since 2010. He has performed in Europe, Asia, Bahrain, UAE, Australia, South Africa, UK and USA throughout his career so far He is a founding member of Street Feet Entertainment and The Australian Tap Company and is an integral part of The Tap Tour. Nathaniel appeared in the animated film “Happy Feet 2″ as a featured tap dancer.

He has also performed with Beat the Streets, Street Feet Entertainment and The Next Step alongside some of Australia’s best commercial dancers and tap dancers alike. Nathaniel is a founding member and Director of Rhythmism Tap Company and has been teaching and adjudicating tap dance both nationally and internationally for the past 11 years and shows that he has a great passion for sharing his love and knowledge of tap dance. He has been a member of the faculty at the past two Australian Tap Festival’s and The Sydney Tap Festival in 2017-2019.

His love of rhythm and unique, intricate time signatures really places him at the forefront of modern tap dance in Australia. These skills along with trick steps, fast feet and musicality driven choreography shows that Nathaniel and his tap dance peers are well and truly keeping tap alive in Australia.

Cassie Bubb – Jazz

Cassie developed her training at Steps Dance Centre, in Brisbane, from when she was 3 years old. Since then, Cassie has been performing all over the world. Completing 3 contracts with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines which ranged from production shows to Chicago the Musical and Mamma Mia the Musical. Cassie was also fortunate enough to be Dance Captain on two of these contracts and has travelled to over 15 countries in that time.   She also completed a contract as a showgirl in ‘Viva la Broadway’ with Bor Productions at the Galaxy Casino and Hotel in Macau China.

Greta Gilby –

Ballet/Lyrical & Showgirl/Cabaret

Greta grew up in Brisbane and trained in CSTD and RAD at the Carolyn Gilby Dance Centre.  After school she completed an Associate Degree in Dance Performance at QUT, and gained her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (RAD) in the RAD headquarters, London.  She spent 3 years as a dancer at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, often performing as a replacement soloist and appearing regularly on Nationally and Internationally televised events. Greta also modelled in various Paris Fashion week shows.  At the beginning of 2020, she started a new contract with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines on the Ovation of the Seas.

Organiser :  Rhonda Binnie of Pengelly Productions

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the organiser directly by clicking on the email link provided.


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Rehearsals have begun!

February 24, 2020
Classical dancers audition for new contemporary company

Over the weekend the first rehearsals were on for the exciting new dance company under the artisic direction of Zeak Tass.  We are all very excited to see the works created in this, the very first season of  “Contemporary Ballet Creative Company Z”

Following an amazing audition to find the perfect dancers, the company kick started their rehearsals on Sunday the 23rd February at Studio 53 Mackay.  Now the company dancers have been discovered and announced, there will be weekends of choreography, interpretation, dedication and hard work in advance of the Company’s Launch here in Mackay.  We are so excited to view the Classical Ballet & Contemporary Collaboration Performance soon to come.

Congratulations to the company dancers – 

Kiara Medhurst, Karah Moore, Meg Lando, Regan Walker, Demi Sammut, Emelina March-peach, Zara Voll, Bronte Vella, Brianna Phillips, Jessica Radunz, Tyla Saron, Sarah Keyte, Jessie Borg, Jemima Burgess, Tahlia Doolan

and congratulations to their teachers, parents and mentors who have encouraged them to embrace the challenges of new choreographic styles and non syllabus work – it is so rewarding to see what all the training and classes are for – expression through dance.

I would like to kindly thank all Dancers who participated through the process and also to the Parents/Guardians for allowing your dancer to be a part of something magical. It’s time to push boundaries and explore the art form of Classical and Contemporary dance through movement and expression

Zeak Tass

Artistic Director, Contemporary Ballet Creative Company Z

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Paige brings her Passion to the Dance Floor

February 19, 2020
Paige Ferrando of PR Urban Dance Mackay in the Olivier Studio of Studio 53 Mackay


Paige Ferrando is new to Mackay and new to Studio 53 Mackay, but she has a lifetime of passion for dance.  Her adult classes start this Thursday evening (Feb 20) so we thought we would introduce Paige to you in her own words . . . .  


 “About me – I’m from a small country town & I started dancing when i was 4 yrs old.   I just never stopped.  I’m trained in Tap & Jazz; I’ve dabbled in cheer as an amateur coach, and I’m self taught with various Hip-Hop, Dancehall & Latin Vibe genres of dance. I’ve always taken every class I could find available so I could grow as a dancer, and keep on feeding my passion. And where there wasn’t a class available (chances are slim to none when you’re not of school age anymore) – Hello YouTube!🤗 I. Never. Stopped.


In my home town I’ve had the pleasure & honour of teaching younger children my self taught skills, instructing my own styles of dance fitness to both adults & children, participated in dance workshops & performances held & hosted by Dance North & Aus Dance QLD, and I have been a part of “Take The Floor” twice. Wherever there wasn’t an opportunity, I made one.


Now, this is NOT my day job, as much as I wish this could be 😅. I have my own business that I run & work in, in 3 different locations, I’m also a partner to an amazing man, and a mother to two beautiful young boys (3yrs old & 11mths old) that always keep me on my toes! I’m doing this because this is what I love. This is who I am.


I’ve met so many incredible people through all of these experiences, some of them now lifelong friends & that is exactly the reason I want to now share my love for dance, create an experience, and meet some more inspired people through this journey who can relate & express their passion too.  No matter how busy life gets (trust me I feel you!), you have to make time to explore your own passions & what makes you happy, whatever that may be.

No matter who you are, where you’re from, what drives your passion, what makes you the dancer you are, or want to be. These classes are a chance for you to challenge yourself , learn new skills, meet like-minded people & showcase your talent 💫

Paige Ferrando

Founder, PR Urban Dance Mackay

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February 6, 2020

We have finally added an event page to our website! 

This is so that you can plan your year and not miss out on any of the amazing visiting workshops and other opportunities that are being held at Studio 53 Mackay.  We are also including Exam dates when we receive bookings for them, and will include any other pertinent dates that we believe will be of interest – to our hirers, their students, their families and the extended performance community.   

This weekend we have both the Comdance – Teaches of Dances Workshop and the kick off to a new and exciting venture for Classical and Contemporary dancers with the creation of a new company by local artist and dancer, Zeak Tass.  Contemporary Ballet Creative Company Z will be holding their auditions this Sunday Feb 9th at Studio 53 Mackay.

Easter this year sees the return of Christine Denny for the Tapatak Oz Workshop; Claudia Dean Intensive and the Royal Academy of Dance Autumn Ballet Workshop.

The rest of the year is packed with opportunities already so visit the calendar and see whats coming soon to Studio 53 Mackay!

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Welcome back – Pirouette, Stretch and Tap your way into a great year!

February 5, 2019

Studio 53 would like to say a hearty “WELCOME BACK” – and to our new clients “WELCOME ON BOARD”. We hope you have all had wonderful and relaxing holidays and are ready to twirl into 2019 with renewed energy and vigour. Over the Christmas break we have been working hard to present to you a fresh and vibrant Studio 53 Mackay.

Astaire Studio has had an extreme makeover during this time…. receiving a brand new Harlequin Dance Floor. To complement the other studios, the new flooring in Astaire is the same as used by The Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet and many more professional dance companies. As such, the Astaire Studio has now become our new dedicated Classical and Contemporary Dance Studio space . . .

To keep the floor in pristine condition, not only for exams and workshops but to also heighten the pleasure when using this space, it has therefore been deemed a TAP SHOE FREE ZONE.

We rely on you as our clients to be vigilant and gently remind those who may go astray . . . .

Sing a cheery song as you pass by

We have also done some work outside . . . Upon your arrival to the Studio you will notice that our front garden has also received a makeover. We have put in fresh new green hedging and flowers to not only brighten up the garden but to also tantalise the senses with its wonderful scent when in bloom.

Please do be mindful that it is still in its infancy and needs time and space to become its best …. please help by not stepping in the garden beds and perhaps speak to the plants or sing a cheery song to them as you pass by to encourage them to thrive.

Here’s wishing all a wonderful start and remember if you have any questions or issues Robyn will be in the office weekdays from 3-6pm or call 0409 000 689.

Robyn will be in the office weekdays from 3-6pm or call 0409 000 689.

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Stretch when it gets Chilly . . .

July 11, 2018
The weather is turning slowly and we are all feeling the chill in the air. Most dream of cosy evenings in front of a fire, tucked up on the sofa, cuppa in hand.

A warm start is what is needed each day before entering the classroom….a warm up of the body and mind.

It is essential to slowly warm up the body and its muscles before starting your lesson as this prepares it to tackle the physical activity of the tasks ahead as well as helping prevent risk of injury.

A proper warm up:

  • Raises muscle core temperature which makes movement feel easier.
  • Increases endurance and speed
  • Causes blood vessels to dilate which aids the transportation of oxygen and nutrients to the working  muscles.
  • Increases your range of motion by heating the synovial fluid (lubricating fluid) in your joints, improving flexibility.
  • Warms you up mentally thereby increasing motivation and focus, improve technique, skill and coordination.


So do yourself a favour and make sure you are properly prepared for your lesson each day. Your body will thank you.

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When is your next Workshop?

June 4, 2018

For young aspiring dancers there is nothing more productive than a solid and well-rounded dance workshop.

Attending a Workshop means becoming stronger, learning new ways to approach your dancing, staying fit throughout the holidays, experiencing new teachers and best of all making new friends and wonderful, everlasting memories.  Of course in the lead up to examinations consolidating existing knowledge and hard earned skills but also gaining new knowledge and new skills and/or new efficient ways of implementing them is tantamount to achieving a good mark within the examination room.

Important in achieving this is to choose a good solid workshop with quality teachers. Different teachers bring a fresh new outlook to your dance and this in turn can help you find that “Aha!” moment when it all clicks into place.

This month of June we have International Dance Affair hosting an RAD Vocational Workshop with Heidi Landford from the Prue Bowen Atelier right here at Studio 53 Mackay from June 8th – 10th.   Also at Studio 53 Mackay and in the School holidays from July 9th – 13th, Jan Millard will be hosting an RAD Graded and Vocational Workshop with RAD Examiner Mrs Jan Mills-Smith and Miss Nicole Galea.

Both of these workshops last year proved to be both enjoyable and beneficial for the students so definitely two workshops not to be missed!

Don’t forget . .  it’s not all about syllabus work.   Improving your interpretation, performance quality and general technique will all show through when you finally do get to your exams – so make the most of every opportunity when it comes your way.  Queensland Ballet is hosting a master class to be taken by Rian Thompson, former student of Theatre Arts Mackay.   It will held from 4.30-6:00pm on June 20, prior to the evening performance of Swan Lake at the MECC.  After taking class, go see the performance – the art of learning through observation is a valuable skill for a dancer and should be considered a fundamental part of your training.

Master Class: With Rian Thompson  Where: The Lynette Denny Space, at the MECC   When: June 2, 4.30-6:00 Cost: $35.00

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The devil is in the detail

May 22, 2018

What is it about dance that we love and appreciate when we watch a performance, be it on stage in a theatre, on television, youtube or even in the studio?  It is the simple clean precision and fluidity of movement performed by the dancer.

What looks so simple however at first glance is on retrospection the result of many years of hard work.  It is a ‘package deal’ of many small parts skilfully connected to form a whole.

‘The devil is in the detail’ is an idiom that refers to a catch or mysterious element hidden in the details. Something that might seem simple at first but will take more time and effort to complete than expected.

Details are important!!!

The sensitivity of the fingertips, connection of steps, hands and eyeline, tracking of feet and arms, a lift of the eyes, a hint of a smile….so many things are to be considered and then slowly added, layer by layer, to help connect the dancer to his/her movements and thus connecting the dancer to the audience.

This Term is the beginning of many competitions and examinations that are being held throughout our region so let this be a small incentive to really think about what you are to perform and how you can improve upon it for the betterment of yourself and your audience.

Wishing you all the best.

‘Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.’   Mother Teresa.


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Welcome Back to Term 2 – The Year is Ramping Up Folks!

April 19, 2018

A big ‘Welcome Back’ to all at Studio 53 Mackay for Term 2.

This is one of the busiest Terms of the year with many students gearing up for Examinations in Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Classical Ballet.  In preparation for the year ahead our local students travel to several Dance Competitions throughout Queensland, including the Mackay Dance Festival.  Along with having fun, students gain valuable stage and performance experience.  There are also Preparatory Workshops for the examinations. (some of these started already during the Easter holidays and were held here in our studios) and Local Theatrical Performances in conjunction with other organisations.

With so much going on – Exhaustion starts to show  (not just with the students!) and Concentration becomes difficult.  It is important during this time however to remember to keep focused and work intelligently in your classes.  Distraction could well lead to injury, especially as the workload over the coming weeks increases.

Make sure to be mindful of diet, eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and getting enough rest as possible to help boost the immune system and to ward off unwelcome germs.  This will be very helpful as we slowly roll on into the colder months ahead and the inevitable flu season!

Staying healthy is key to making it through this sometimes stressful and busy Term 2.

So take some time to just “Be” – Focus on your breathing, your stillness, yourself.

In all your endeavours during this time we wish you the very best.

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Tapatak Oz is returning with the incomparable Christine Denny & Adam Blanch !

April 7, 2018

It is with great excitement that we welcome Tapatak Oz back to Studio 53 for their annual workshop April 14th – 16th and this year’s workshop is shaping up to be extra special as it also features the opportunity for local studios, their teachers and their students to work with Australia’s super star contemporary teacher and choreographer Adam Blanch.

Adam is currently in demand all over Australia for his teaching, choreography and coaching of elite classical ballet and contemporary dancers, which sees him working with Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching, Ev & Bow and ED5 International, as well as running his own exclusive training programme “ Advanced Contemporary Technique with Adam Blanch” – which runs in Sydney. Adam also choreographs and coaches students for the prestigious “ Youth America Grand Prix”.

This is such an incredible opportunity for local dancers and we can not wait to have the work shop in full swing.  You can see more about Adam here:

Of course the Tapatak Oz Workshop will be running alongside this event, with local Mackay girl Christine Denny running all tap classes personally. Christine is the Director, Creator and Chief Examiner for Tapatak Oz – a modern twist on the traditional tap syllabus that has been offering examinations Australia wide for the past 10 years. For more info on Christine and Tapatak Oz – check out

Christine tells us that Mackay workshops have a special place in her heart, as these very studios are where she herself grew up and learned to tap with her mother Lynette Denny. “ The cycle of life “ as she calls it.

So – hold on to your hats everyone – Studio 53 will be buzzing from April 14th  – 16th with tap dance and contemporary dance rocking the halls. Christine and Adam are both thrilled with the response to their workshops with record numbers enrolled for this year with students and teachers from a large number of schools attending including: Dance Express Mackay, Fame Talent School, Centre Stage, Leisa Payne School of Dance, Robyn Rogers School of Dance, Aspire Performing Arts, Emerald Academy of Dance, and Theatre Arts Mackay Dance Excellence.

When asked if there were still spots available for the workshop Christine responded that there were a few spots available in the classes, but that the classes were quite full! So if you are wanting to attend – jump on line and don’t miss this opportunity!

Bookings are still open via Sticky Tickets: