RACHELLE CONROY – CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Shelle has been training students in the performing arts for over 30 years. As Creative Director of ‘Conroy Dance Centre’ she has guided the development and careers of performance students with many pursuing professional careers in the performing arts industry throughout Australia and internationally. Former students are performing throughout the world in Musical Theatre, commercial dance, movies, theme parks and cruise ships.

Shelle’s choreography for children’s television in Australia has included ‘New MacDonald’s Farm’, ‘Toybox’ and ‘Pipsqueaks’ for Beyond International and the 7 Network. As creator and choreographer of the Comdance (CSTD) Modern Jazz Syllabus, her work has been instrumental in the training of thousands of students throughout the world who are currently taught and examined in this syllabus.

Shelle is an experienced & in-demand creative team member for large scale international ceremonies and events.

 

Ceremonies Mass Cast Choreographer:
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies
Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies
Baku 2015 European Games
Formula 1 Grand Prix Opening Ceremony 2016
Ashgabat 2017 Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies
Queen’s Jubilee Pageant 2022
 
Choreographer – Children’s Television:
New MacDonald’s Farm –  Seasons 1, 2 & 3 (Pacific & Beyond/9 Network)
Toybox – Seasons 1-4 (Beyond Productions/7 Network)
Pipsqueaks – Season 1 & 2 (Beyond Productions/7 Network)
Carols In The Domain – Toybox (7 Network)
 
Formal Qualifications:
Comdance (CSTD) Modern Jazz – Creator/Choreographer
Comdance (CSTD) Teaching Diploma (Tapping)
Comdance (CSTD) Teaching Diploma (Theatrical)
Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) RTS – Registered Teacher
Cert IV – Dance Teaching & Management
Acrobatic Arts Module 1 Certified

MANAGEMENT

TAYLAH FERGUSON - CPAC Course Co-Ordinator

Taylah Ferguson began her dance journey with Beverly Parker Academy of Dance. She then extended her training at Queensland Dance School of Excellence with Queensland Ballet, then moving on to Theatre & Dance to complete a full time performing arts course.

Taylah started her professional career at the age of 18 in the show ‘Cabaret De Paris’ at the now known, The Star Casino. The show was then taken to many theatres around Australia. Shortly after that, she started travelling the high seas with Norwegian Cruise Line. Over the years, Taylah completed 6 contracts with NCL. Which included being Dance Captain, Swing & Aerial Understudy. In between ship life, Taylah performed in the beautiful Palazzo Mannheim & Alexander Kunz Theatre in Germany.

Recently, Taylah has been a part of the ‘A Very Naughty Christmas’ musical/cabaret cast, which has become a Brisbane Christmas tradition over the past six years. Additionally, Taylah was the Dance Captain for the ‘Finesse Burlesque’ cast that toured around Queensland.

Due to her passion for the arts industry, Taylah is dedicated to providing mentoring and guidance for the talented students at CPAC, hoping to inspire them to reach new heights and achieve their dreams.

MARCUS PEARCE - CPAC Course Advisor

Marcus was a professional performer for over 15 years, working throughout Australia, Asia, and the United States. Marcus is a qualified examiner with Comdance and works in this capacity locally, interstate, and Internationally. Marcus also holds his CERT IV in Dance Teaching and Management.

With over 20 years experience as a student mentor, Marcus has supported and developed students across multiple artistic fields. His passion for nurturing and guiding students has led to successful outcomes for hundreds of young performers.

Marcus has extensive knowledge in dance syllabi and teacher training. Under his guidance, countless student teachers have attained teaching qualifications. Marcus delivers comprehensive teacher training alongside Summer Till – our Certificate and Diploma trainer and assessor.