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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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Have you ever wanted to try Irish Dancing?!

September 8, 2020

Have you ever wanted to try Irish Dancing?

Here is your chance! The Lynagh Studio of Irish Dancing, Mackay, are opening their doors and offering TWO FREE workshop classes over the school holidays. The Lynagh Studio teaches CLRG Irish Dancing – the world original and biggest Irish Dancing organisation. Come and dance with Miss Liz TCRG and the Lynagh dancers this September Holidays. Ages 4 and over welcome. Call or Text 0423493103 for registration and booking details.

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March 17, 2020
Hands on a Ballet Barre

We feel it timely to remind everyone that Studio 53 Mackay is a multi user facility and that the safety of everyone is in the hands of each and every individual that walks through our doors.  We are keeping a close watch on the current situation with Covid-19 and want to let you know that providing a safe studio environment is our top priority.

Each hirer will have their own response to the situation and as a building Studio 53 Mackay we will be here to support those choices.
Please remember – each individual is at the front line in defending themselves and the community from the spread of the virus.

With that in mind we have put together these guidelines to ensure we can keep all hirers and users healthy.

Please wash or sanitise your hands before and after touching the barre

• As users of the facility, help us keep everyone safe by going to the restroom upon entering the building and washing your hands.
• If you have hand sanitiser – please use it!  There are shortages of many of these products at the moment and we are doing our best to get some for the building.
• We will be installing hand sanitiser in the foyer as soon as it becomes available and we have added extra cleaning of barres and bathrooms.
• We encourage each teacher to have their own spray disinfectant to use before and after each class on the barres.
Avoid body contact
• Please talk to your children, students and clients about reducing physical contact with others for the time being.
Stay at home if you are feeling unwell 
• If you or your child is feeling unwell, please, stay at home until you know that you are better.


Please remember that fresh air and sunshine are a really great start to healthy bodies and minds.

Keep up the fresh fruit and veges and drink plenty of water.

Smile, have patience and respect and be supportive of each other. 

This will be a testing time, but we will come through it together.

Classical Contemporary Contemporary Ballet Creative Company Z Dance Hi From Us Hirers

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

Adult Classes Hi From Us Hirers Tai Chi For Health

Try Tai Chi to invigorate your day

February 21, 2020
Tai Chi in the Taglioni Studio at Studio 53 Mackay

If you have been wanting to incorporate a daily practice into your wellbeing then perhaps Tai Chi is for you.  Monday through Saturday, Renae Covey from Tai Chi for Health is sharing her passion and knowledge at Studio 53 Mackay.  There are lots of classes to choose from so choose one or choose many, but take some time to do something for you.

Renae Covey is a strong believer in health, wellness, mental stability and the overall general well being of one’s body and mind. Renae trained to become a Tai Chi Instructor 7 years ago after a severe health scare. Previously learning the forms of Tai Chi during her mother’s rehab regime after her severe brain aneurysm, this gentle practice of Tai Chi made Renae rethink her way of life which then inspired her to become a instructor and share the gift of Tai Chi to others.  (A total career change from school teaching and Head of Department – The Arts)
Tai Chi is suitable for all ages. The practice of Tai chi enables us to unblock blocked meridians and to keep them clear. This enables us to live with much less stress on both the mind and body.

Staying safe and strong whilst using energy with stillness and calmness is Renae’s motto during her Tai Chi classes.

For more information email Renae directly on


On a physical level, Tai Chi exercises every muscle and tendon in the body without increasing the heart rate. These slow excercises induce relaxation into the heart and blood vessels to increase the capacity of the heart and lungs to take more blood around the body. Hence more cells of the body get more life-giving oxygen, enabling them to live longer in a healthier state. Tai Chi also helps with mental health and overall wellbeing for all ages.

Renae Covey

Owner and Instructor, Tai Chi for Health

Dance Hi From Us Hip Hop Hirers PR Urban Dance

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

Classical Contemporary Dance Hi From Us Tap Tapatak Oz Workshops


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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Save the Date – Easter 2020 @ Studio 53 Mackay

August 9, 2019

We are super excited to announce that Claudia Dean is coming to Mackay bringing her Class with Claudia in Studio Intensives and has chosen Studio 53 Mackay to be the venue. We are even more thrilled that Christine Denny will be hosting her Tapatak-Oz Workshop at the same time, ensuring that regional students who choose to use their first week of the Easter holidays to better their dance and performance techniques will be able to do so in more than one dance form all under the same roof!

Claudia will be teaching a 4-day workshop for Intermediate/ Senior dancers ages 10-20.
Class with Claudia in Studio Intensives are designed and structured around Claudia’s well known ‘Private Coaching’ to achieve results. This format is used throughout the Intensives. Four full days of classes from 9 am- 3 pm each day allows Claudia to give every dancer the tools to master their technique in classical ballet on a personal level. This is done through innovative exercises, skill changing corrections and Claudia’s well known positive energy that she brings to the studio. Class with Claudia is perfect for any ballet dancer that needs to take their skills and training to the next level.

Places will fill quickly and you don’t want to miss this incredible opportunity. For more information, an email for enquiries, and where the registration will be when it is released follow the link –

The Tapatak-Oz Easter Workshop will also be coming back to Studio 53 Mackay. As in past years, this workshop guarantees that students of the Tapatak-Oz Syllabus can hone in on their technique and further develop their passion and joy for all things tap with the Syllabus creator, Christine Denny. This workshop is only open to students of Tapatak-Oz. More information to following, but make sure to Save the Date!!!

For more information enquire with your teacher directly or contact

Bring on Easter – We are ready to Dance!

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Aikido Mackay settling in to their new digs at Studio 53

June 4, 2019

Since the beginning of Term 1 Studio 53 Mackay has become the new dojo of Aikido Mackay.

Director and Dai Sempai, Jason Kroll, has many years of training in this form of Martial Arts and is the embodiment of “The way of Harmony and Peace” which is also an approximate English translation of the word Aikido.      

AIHarmony/unionKI – Vital breath/energyDO – Way

Aikido Mackay was established over 20 years ago and trains students in Iwama Ryu Aikido under the Iwama Ryu Australia organisation, established by the late Michael Field Sensei.

Kokyu ho tachi dori (a sword taking technique)

Broken down into its simplest, physical description, Aikido techniques consists of a series of locks, pins and throws.

A throwing technique called Irimi nage

Aikido has its roots in ancient Japanese sword, staff and open-handed combat techniques.

Aiki Ken suburi (basic sword practice movements)

The founder, Sensei Morihei Ueshiba synthesised these techniques into Aikido and built in a vital element which distinguishes Aikido from other martial arts: a non-violent code of ethics.   

If the attacker doesn’t strike Aikido techniques cannot be made.   Aikido is the way of defending physical, mental and emotional attacks from a centered state of harmony within yourself.

Aikido is a breakthrough for those unhappy with aggressive competitive confrontational martial arts. It has no sex, weight or age divisions. If you must defend your life such concepts are useless. Aikido trains the mind through the body.


Aikido Mackay has classes here at Studio 53 Mackay  Tuesday and Thursday Evenings.

Call Jason Kroll Ph: 0403337888 for information if you are interested and find out more,  or drop him a line via messenger 

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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.