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Classical Contemporary Dance Hi From Us Hip Hop Jazz Tap Workshops

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.


POSTPONED – WORKSHOP Technique & Tasking Intensive by RB Corp. Instruction

March 28, 2020
Contemporary Dance Workshop



Saturday March 28th & Sunday March 29th – 12:30pm – 5:45pm

By much demand, Brisbane-based youth contemporary company “RB Corp. Instruction” is coming to Mackay!

Over two full days, dancers will be guided through contemporary foundations and undergo choreographic tasks with Artistic Director Riley Baldwin to unleash and enhance their technical and creative abilities.

This exclusive experience is suitable for dancers aged 9+. Further information will follow closer to the event upon registration.

Artistic Director

Riley Baldwin

Originating from Bundaberg, Riley commenced his full-time studies at the Australian Dance Performance Institute in 2009 before successfully auditioning for the New Zealand School of Dance in 2010 where he majored in contemporary dance.

During his time in Wellington, Riley performed works by Rafael Bonachela, Garry Stewart and Antony Hamilton as part of the School’s annual Graduation Seasons and received guest tutorage from industry professionals such as Richard Cilli, Craig Bary, Sarah Foster-Sproull and Lina Limosani, whom he worked with professionally in 2014.

Since graduating in 2013, Riley now embarks on his choreographic pursuit by continuously aspiring to develop, nurture and shape his own unique form of movement through his coaching and choreographic endeavours.

In 2015, he emphasised this desire by forming Riley Baldwin Youth Projects, before relocating to Brisbane to intensify it. In 2018, RB Corp. Instruction surfaced as a way to further fortify his devotion to the craft and creation of contemporary dance and to encourage the importance of innovation through upcoming generations. In 2019, RBCI will debut its first original work in Brisbane, entitled “The Hive”.

Riley currently resides at Classical Coaching Australia while continuing to freelance on a very selective basis. He has also been invited to coach at numerous workshops and intensives, and is entrusted to coach students for the Prix de Lausanne — the world’s most prestigious international ballet competition held annually in Switzerland.

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

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

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.”


Ceilidh Dance School Mackay Dance Hi From Us Highland Hirers

Highland Flair in the Halls

February 25, 2017
Highland Students at the barre
The start of First Term is always exciting and is especially so when there is something new happening in Studio 53.  A huge welcome to another of our new hirers!

Ceilidh Dance Studio Mackay now brings their Highland flair to the halls.

Term 1 marks a new beginning for Tracey Evans, Principal of Ceilidh Dance Studio Mackay, Teacher Sheryl Schneider and their students.  It is a delight to watch the Beginner Highland class being shown how to put on their dancing shoes and see them take their first steps of this beautiful dance method in the beautiful Olivier Studio.

From the Tiniest Tots to the Championship Students, dancing to the wonderful Highland Melodies – Welcome to you all!

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!!