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Principal - Vanessa McGregor

Classes - Acrobatics, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre

Vanessa is an Australian dancer and circus artist who has performed nationally and internationally. 

Born and raised in Brisbane, Queensland Vanessa trained in dance, acrobatics, drama & singing at the Julie-ann Lucas School of Dance. In 2009 she moved to Melbourne to further her training and studies at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA). She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Circus Arts majoring in duo swinging trapeze.

Vanessa is a versatile performer who brings an impressive range and depth of skills to stage performances. Such skills have been developed and polished over many years via formal training, professional mentoring and performance experience.

Career highlights include performances with: Barnum the Musical Melbourne where by she performed in the ensemble as a dancers, singer, acrobat & aerialist and was appointed the roll of Circus Captain, C!RCA Contemporary Circus (Carnival of the Animals, Australia, Sydney Opera House & New Zealand; Beyond, Edinburgh, Scotland); Opera Australia (Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg)The State Theatre; Circus Oz (Strong Women’s Project); and P&O Cruises. Vanessa is an enthusiastic artist who thrives on keeping herself active in the industry in as many art forms as possible. Vanessa's culmination of skills in dance, theatre and circus makes her a versatile and unique performer. Forever learning, forever adapting. To be a good student you must be able to take on constructive feedback take the highs and the lows and above all have passion for what you do in this world. To find your passion in life is a gift that should never be wasted. 


Connor Micallef


Connor has danced with multiple dance companies including "Lionheart Dance Company", Performing in the professional show "Fabricated" and undergoing company training every week, as well as that he has completed his training at "Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance" in Melbourne under the prestigious Kelly Aykers. His performance credits include: Representing Australia in the ICC opening ceremony , back up dancer to Nathaniel and Mike Tompkins, featured dancer in the Australian mini series “The Divorce”, performer at Brandcast and the Youtube Fanfest. Additionally has performed a number of times in Masters of choreography , Victorian dance festival and Australian Dance Festival.


Tim Doherty


Tim Doherty is a well-accomplished Australian performer. He has performed and choreographed all around Australia and internationally. His charisma and natural leadership has him held with high regard with his fellow industry professionals.

Recently, he completed a 10 month contract in Asia with the Chinese-based company SDT (Super Diverse Talent Entertainment). This saw him dancing and choreographing for many famous international Artists, including back-up dancing for the Chinese superstars TF Boys, Luhan, Wei Chen, Julian Chen and Gem among many others. He performed at the highly notable QQ Music Awards, V-Chart Music Awards, China MTV Music Awards, The Global Golden Chart awards and the ’11.11 Tmall; Taobao Super Show’.

He performed choreography from the likes of Shaun Everisto, Ian Eastwood, Lyle Beniga, just to name a few. This lead to many TV appearances all over China and advertisements with company’s such as Adidas and Samsung (headphones).

He has had the pleasure of performing with many Australian artists but his favourite was back up dancing for Guy Sebastian for Taylor Swift’s Red Tour at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. His career progressed into being in the ensemble for Stageart’s Australian premier of the Tony Award Winning ‘In The Heights the musical’. It returned for a second season where he was elevated to Assistant Choreographer and Dance Captain.

He completed two years of full-time dance training in Melbourne, which lead him to many shows. He initially worked in contemporary youth dance company ‘Project Y’. He then eventuated to the professional contemporary company ‘Collaboration The Project’ where he performed in many shows, including a lead role in the successful season of ‘Parkland Avenue’ that travelled around Australia.

He then progressed to being a part of Transit Dance Company’s show ‘BOYZ’ where he was an intern then Assistant Director & Choreographer next to Paul Malek. Tim also was in Lion Heart Dance Company’s inaugural season of The Scarlet Trace as a lead dancer. Tim has also been a resident dancer/performer for Ole Ola’s Latin show at Copacabana International’s for the past 5 years. For a short period of time he was a dancer with ‘The King Of Pop’ Michael Jackson tribute show and Michael Jackson’s ‘HIStory’ tribute show in Melbourne.

Tim works all over Melbourne with many entertainment companies. He is considered to be a very trustworthy member of each team he works with. He prides himself on respect, hard work and fun. Tim wishes to continue dancing all over the world where he can perform and choreograph with the best in the business.

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Kade Hughes


Kade has been dancing for the last 15 years; genres include Broadway & Commercial jazz, tap, classical ballet, contemporary, lyrical, acrobatics, Hip hop and musical theatre – under the guidance of Kelly Aykers. For 2 years Kade performed as a member of Paul Malek’s Origins Contemporary Company – as well as completing the extensions program. Kade’s career highlights include
playing the lead role of Michael Banks in the Melbourne season of Mary Poppins at Her Majesty’s theatre for 2 years and playing the lead Role of Jeremy Potts in both the Melbourne and Adelaide seasons of Chitty Chitty
Bang Bang for 1 year. He also performed at the Vision Australia Carols by Candle light at the Sydney Myer music bowl and has won a solo aggregate and Tap championship at the prestigious Royal South Street Eisteddfod. At the
beginning of 2017 he was chosen to perform both his VET Dance solos at the Top class Dance concert - at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and was later chosen to represent VET dance at the Top Acts Season of Excellence 2017. Kade is looking forward to continuing his journey in the musical theatre stream, whilst working as a dance teacher where he hopes to encourage others to share his passion of performing. Kade is very excited to be a part of
the Creative Arts Dace Studios staff and can’t wait for this journey to begin.