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WORKSHOP : Comdance – Teaching of the Exam Dances

February 8, 2020
This workshop is a Teaching of the Exam Dances to give the students and teachers a Head Start learning their requirements for their examinations in May.
The fabulous Jason Winters is coming to teach his dances for the Contemporary Levels as well as giving the Level 6 Teachers Certificate students an indication as to what is required for this level.  The Mackay students will be the first in Australia to complete this examination.
Sandra Breen OAM and Janine Tirant – creators of our fabulous new Tap Syllabus are coming to teach the dances for the Tap Grades and as always we will have the teachers trained by Rachelle Conroy – the co- creator of the Modern Jazz Syllabus – coming to teach the dances for Modern Jazz
Saturday February 8th
12:00pm – 4:30pm
Sunday February 9th
8:00am – 5:30pm
Dance Hi From Us

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.

Classical Dance Hi From Us Workshops

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.

Contemporary Dance Hi From Us Hirers Tap Tapatak Oz Workshops

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:





Dance Hi From Us

Happiness is Contagious!

February 15, 2018

Each afternoon through my office window I find myself in the lucky position of being able to watch the goings on in the Courtyard and Foyer and each afternoon I find myself fascinated anew at the interaction between the students.

It doesn’t matter what age group we are, we are most happy when our friends are around us. This happiness is contagious as friends bring us laughter, joy and honesty.  Friends help to improve our health and longevity by positively influencing us and encouraging us to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits.

They increase our sense of belonging and purpose, improve our self-confidence and self-worth thereby reducing stress and helping us to cope with traumas.

For children, making friends is a vital part of growing up and an essential part of their social and emotional development, enabling them to learn more about themselves and develop their own identity.

As children mature, friends are able to help navigate challenging developmental experiences, especially during teenage years.

Studio 53 offers a safe environment where children of all ages, from different schools and genres, have the wonderful opportunity to mix and mingle, laugh and play, band together, learn from each other and form lifelong friendships.

I count myself most fortunate to have experienced just that. I still have contact with many of the friends I made during my time as a student right here in this very building.  Also my job has brought me into contact with people I haven’t seen in a very long time as well as opening up the door to many new friendships.

Friendships are said to be among the most precious treasures in life so before I sign off I would like to leave you with this beautiful quote.

“We will not be remembered for what we did in life but rather whom we touched throughout the journey of life.”


Classical Dance Hi From Us Hirers Leisa Payne School of Dance

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!!