Staff

 
 
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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. 

Vanessa grew up in Brisbane training ballet (RAD), jazz (CSTD), tap  (CSTD), contemporary, hip hop and musical theatre (Trinity College) at The Julie-ann Lucas School of Dance (JAL Dance, Annerley) & Kidz'n'Co (Tennyson). In 2004 -2007 she gained her Student & Full Teaching Diploma's for CSTD Tap & Theatrical (JAL Dance). In 2006 she also completed her Trinity College ATCL Full Teaching Diploma for Performing Arts (Kidz'n'Co). Vanessa continued teaching, training and performing dance and acrobatics in Brisbane until the age of 22 when she auditioned and was successfully accepted into NICA (The National Institute of Circus Arts). She specialised in Duo swinging trapeze, foot juggling and ground acrobatics. In her first year she was the recipient of the May Wirth Award for highest achieving female for her year. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Circus Arts and went straight into a performing contract with P&O Cruise Lines as a guest circus artist. Since 2011 Vanessa has performed and collaborated nationally and internationally with companies including C!RCA, Circus Oz and The Fly Factory as well as performing in many Fringe Festivals and corporate events. Vanessa has also continued her teaching throughout her performing career.

She is a strong believer that in order to be a good teacher you must also be a good student which is why she has never taken herself out of the industry. 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. 

 
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Director - Sam Aldham

Sam is an Australian circus artist & clown who has performed nationally & internationally.

Sam Aldham began his life in the circus at the young age of 6. His father was a world famous human cannonball artist who was one day tragically shot too far and landed in the ocean. This lead Sam to further pursue a career in circus in hope that one day he would find his father. To this day Sam still searches. He started this journey at Club Med Resorts as a flying trapeze artist and instructor and then went onto study at NICA (The National Institute of Circus Arts) where he trained in Cord de lisse (Vertical Rope), Comedy Acrobatics and Hoop Diving. Sam then went on to perform nationally & internationally with Three High Acrobatics, and has most recently performed with circus companies Circus Oz and Dislocate. With a background in theatre, he has over 14 years experience as a circus performer and tutor. Sam is excited to share the knowledge he has gained through his training & performance career.

 

 
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Robbie Curtis 

Classes - Contemporary, Acrobatics, Ballet

Robbie is an Australian dancer and acrobat who has performed nationally and internationally.

Robbie was a graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance, majoring in contemporary dance. After graduating he went on to work for Footnote Dance company, Legs on the Wall, Shaun Parker Co, Australian Ballet in their contemporary season Infinity, Circa (touring and making work with them for 5 years), Circus Oz, and Cirque Du Soleil. Robbie performed hoop diving in Cirque Du Soleil's show VOLTA as well as general acrobatics. 

Robbie has a rich understanding of interdisciplinary physicality and loves creative physical exploration, discovering new ways of moving.

 

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Connor Micallef 

Classes - Contemporary, Acrobatics, Hip-hop, Jazz

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.

 

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Kade Hughes 

Classes - Jazz, Acrobatics, Hip-hop, Tap

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.