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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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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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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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Progressive Ballet Technique – ‘balls for ballet’

February 9, 2018
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Progressing Ballet Technique or PBT is an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon (Educator of Students, Teachers and Professional Dancers for over 40 years) for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet.

Each exercise has been developed with care and guidance with inspiring music composed by Grant Kennedy.

Robyn Franke has taken on this new training program in 2018.

“It is a wonderful additional teaching tool which will benefit the students classical ballet training greatly as well as giving them a better understanding of their own bodies and capabilities.”

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Leisa Payne School of Dance returns to Studio 53 Mackay – Welcome Back!

January 3, 2018
Studio 53 Mackay is looking forward to an even busier 2018 with the students from Leisa Payne School of Dance now able to take classes in Music Theatre!

Under the direction of Petar and Jessica Grulovic the Sondheim Studio is ready and waiting for all the new vocal and musical talent to fill its space.

Along with their established programmes in dance, we are thrilled to see the excellence continue and the purpose built studios being used to their full potential once again.

Leisa Payne Schoole of Dance offers  – RAD Classical Ballet, Progressing Ballet Technique, Karen Muller Private Coaching, Stretch & Conditioning, CSTD Tap, Modern Jazz & Contemporary,
Jnr & Snr Hip Hop, Acrobatic Arts, Petite Moves, Tumbling Tots, Music Theatre  and Voice.
All enquiries please contact or call ‭0412 966 726‬

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Leisa Payne School of Dance is back stronger than ever!

February 22, 2017
Ballet Shoes 1st Positions
We would like to welcome back the Leisa Payne School of Dance to Studio 53 Mackay in 2017.

Leisa and her experienced and dedicated staff, teach and coach students from 2yrs right up to RAD Advanced 2 and beyond.

The Studio halls are alive with the energy of all these talented young people, some of them starting their training at 7 o’clock in the morning.  Now that is dedication!

(Did you know that the studios are available at special rates for students wishing to practice in our professional studios? Call Robyn for details.)

With classes ranging from Classical Ballet, Repertoire, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance to Stretching, Conditioning and Coaching it looks like the students are in for a very exciting and busy year expertly guided by teachers passionate about dance.

In between classes it’s lovely to see the boys and girls helping each other learn dance steps, helping each other out with homework, or just chatting and laughing together. It’s like one big family . . . how great to have that vibe in our building every day.

Enjoy your year guys – so fabulous to have you as part of the Studio 53 Mackay family!!

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The year kicked off with Dance Virtuosos

February 20, 2017


Dancers waiting eagerly for class in the hallways of Studio 53 Mackay

In January this year the Dance Virtuosos Workshop returned to Studio 53 Mackay for their second consecutive year – kick starting the year for so eager and talented dancers from the region.

The teachers, Naomi Bishop, Czuba Buday and Darren Disney, offered an array of classes from Stretching and Conditioning to Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Classical Dance in a 4 Day Workshop in our Astaire and Taglioni Studios.

It was attended by dedicated students from all around the region who then performed for their parents In a special performance event held on the afternoon of the last day.  The performance was exciting, the students showcasing all the different forms of dance and the steps and dances learned throughout the workshop.

Studio 53 Mackay loves being the hub for visiting teachers to share their knowledge and expertise with the eager students of Mackay and region.  Much fun was had by all . . . . and there are more Workshops to come!