Kim Grant-Taylor

Kim Grant-Taylor

Director

Kim Grant-Taylor is the founder and director of the Australian Company of Performing Arts which was established over 20 years ago.

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Dancing since she was 5 years old, Kim has studied a variety of dance styles including Classical Ballet, Theatre, Tap, Jazz, Commercial as well as the modern styles, funk and groove. She has extensive experience in performing, teaching and choreography as well as an A. D. P.A. (Associate Diploma in Performing Arts) and A. R.A.D. (Advanced Royal Academy of Dance). She is a familiar face on television, having worked on channel 7, and has toured the world performing as a dancer for several high-end shows. 

Kim's passion and love for dance is highly contagious and readily visible in her students. Kim also works heavily in event management, providing entertainment and stage management for corporate functions held at venues such as the Convention Centre and Entertainment Centre. You will also see Kim operating as Game Day Manager at Adelaide Oval for Port Adelaide Football Club. Her insight into the industry is highly valued amongst the school and is a valuable resource to the students she mentors.

Pep Rigano

Pep Rigano

Marketing and Promotions Manager

Pep currently acts as the marketing and promotions manager here at the Australian Company of Performing Arts as well as the head hip hop coach in the school.

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Pep has been dancing since the age of 9 and trained in Hip Hop, Funk, Jazz, Tap, Burlesque and Commercial Dance. His persistence has seen him through National titles in competitions such as F.I.S.A.F, School Aerobics and Battlegrounds Australia. Pep, along with his team, were invited to compete in the World Hip Hop titles in Los Angeles in 2005. At the age of 18, he received a scholarship from Andre Fuentes (Britney Spears' Choreographer - Circus Tour 2009), to travel to America and work closely with the world's best international choreographers such as Tony Czar, Kevin Maher, Kyle Hanagami, Andye J and Brian Puspos just to name a few.

Having a strong focus on educating boys in dance, Pep decided to set up the very first all boys hip hop class at ACPA. With only 5 students, within a year, there were 6 classes with well over 130 boys. This specialty class is one of Pep's great passions as he watches the development and growth of boys from 4-16yrs old. In a report to Adelaide Now; Pep says, "I honestly love teaching the boys. Seeing their passion, energy and strength is something I work closely with to cater to a fun, exciting environment that is strong in discipline and always challenging".

Pep also has holds diploma in dance teaching and management through Australian Teachers of Dancing. 

Meagan McLaren

Meagan McLaren

Business Manager

Meagan worked as a professional dancer for over 10 years which saw her perform in numerous shows and events around Adelaide as well as overseas.

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Meagan has been dancing since she was 3 years old and trained professionally alongside Kim Grant-Taylor. She has recently joined the Australian Company of Performing Arts in the role of business development manager as she believes in the passion and commitment both Kim and all of the teachers have towards developing their students in a fun yet professional manner.

Meagan has also had experience as a National Sales Manager with a leading fashion retailer. With the experience of managing over 120 staff with a turnover of $22M, Meagan developed skills in sales management, human resource, merchandising, induction, sales and service training and created and executed management workshops. She is also an accredited trainer specialising in front line management.

Meagan's love and passion for dance and entertainment has always been the fire in her heart which is why she joined ACPA and later the Talent Company. She currently teaches Streetjazz, Flash Fitness, Jazz 1 and our TCT performance team. Meagan is vibrant, energetic and dedicated to assuring a high standard of service and quality.

Kate

Kate

Receptionist

Kate has been dancing since the age of 5 and has trained in styles including ballet (R.A.D), jazz and tap (C.S.T.D) receiving distinctions in all three dance styles.

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Kate's experience has seen her perform professionally across many formats including cabaret, television and corporate events. A strong appetite to explore her natural creative and artistic talents has driven Kate to delve into the visual and aesthetic side of stage performance, photography and television as a qualified make-up artist. She also works heavily in the tap, ballet and jazz side of ACPA, with a focus on coaching the ATOD exam students through their exam preparation in the hope of achieving the highest possible mark.

Kate takes pride in her students, with particular attention to detail in class. You will recognise Kate's insightful friendly voice as the ACPA administration receptionist.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Music Theatre Director

Stephanie has competed in winning Eisteddfods in Melbourne and Adelaide, & completed ballet studies in Cecchetti & Borovansky syllabi-Tap CSTD Gold Cross.

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Born and raised in Adelaide, Stephanie studied dance at the Barbara Jayne Dance Centre and singing with Pauline Jamieson. She completed her ballet studies in both Cecchetti and Borovansky syllabi and received her CSTD Gold Cross in tap. Stephanie competed in Eisteddfods winning championships and aggregates in Melbourne and Adelaide. After completing her schooling, she continued her studies with The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where she received a BA in Music Theatre. Upon graduation, Stephanie was awarded the Leslie Anderson award for Best showcase. She made her professional debut in Love Never Dies (RUC) the sequel to Phantom Of The Opera working under the direction of Andrew Lloyd Webber. She starred in A Chorus Line (TLP) as Maggie which toured both nationally and internationally. This went onto receive the Helpmann Award for Best Musical. She also starred alongside Geoffrey Rush and Magda Szubanski in A Funny Thing Happened Along the Way to the Forum (GFO) performing for Stephen Sondheim the composer of the show. Other credits include Anything Goes (WAAPA), Ragtime(WAAPA), Cabaret (WAAPA), The Producers (TPC), Pirates of Penzance (TPC) and Sweet Charity (HTC). TV credits include Mr & Mrs Murder and several televised live events.

Steph currently teaches Tap, Jazz and Music Theatre at ACPA. 

Erin

Erin

Dance Instructor

Erin has been training extensively in dance for over twenty years with experience in jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip hop, cheerleading and sport aerobics

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Not only does she have an amazing list of performance credits to her name, she has also spent many years competing in state, national and international dance competitions. In 2004, Erin represented Australia at the FISAF World Championships where her team received 1st place in the junior hip hop category. 

When she is not in the dance studio, Erin works full time as a physiotherapist with Level 2 Pilates qualifications from Dance Medicine Australia. She is continually seeking opportunities to further her skills in dance and physiotherapy, both of which she combines to pass onto her students during each of her lessons. Erin is also undertaking her Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management and working closely with the dance medicine departments of some of America's leading universities. The improvement in her student's abilities is evident as each year progresses and we are proud to call Erin one of our amazing staff. Erin currently teaches Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary at ACPA. 

Alexis

Alexis

Receptionist

Alexis begun dancing at 3, training in styles like jazz, tap, ballet & contemporary, & completing multiple levels in vocational & graded RAD ballet exams.

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 She also participated in her high schools dance program all the way through to year 12 with the successful completion of Stage 1 and Stage 2 dance. Alexis recently travelled to Los Angeles at the beginning of 2016 where she was able to train with some of the worlds leading choreographers and teachers as well as performing in Disney Land.

Alexis has always had a passion for dance with a particular interest in jazz and ballet and she loves to be able to share this passion with her students. Alexis is devoted to creating a positive and enthusiastic working environment for her students here at ACPA. Alexis currently teaches Jazz and Ballet at ACPA. 

Emily

Emily

Dance Instructor

Emily has been dancing since the age of three in dance styles such as hip-hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary, acrobatics and tap.

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Emily is a dedicated member of ACPA and over the past few years has competed and performed in countless hip-hop competitions and corporate events. She is very passionate about sharing her love of dance with her students.

Born to teach, she finds nothing more satisfying in life than watching her students shine. Her passion for working with children is evident as during the day, Emily works as a primary school teacher. She adores ACPA for its caring, hardworking and fun environment. We absolutely love having Emily on board and know you will too. Emily currently teaches our Kids Hip Hop classes as well as our Junior Hip Hop Crew. 

Lia

Lia

Dance Instructor

Lia has been dancing since she was 3 years old and hasn't stopped since! She began her early training with Sheila Laing Dance Centre.

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Lia has been dancing since she was 3 years old and hasn't stopped since! She began her early training with Sheila Laing Dance Centre and Claudia Maddeford School of Dance, before heading west to study an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Dance) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, working with Lucette Aldous OC, Alan Alder, Stefan Karlsson, Margrete Helgeby, Jon Burtt and Reyes De Lara.

A back injury saw her return to Adelaide, where she continued to dance and perform in various Theatre, Cabaret and Fringe Festival productions.

An avid learner, she studied a Bachelor of Speech Pathology and completed Levels 1 & 2 in Estill Voice Training under Helen Tiller. 

Lia is involved in the arts in Adelaide, as a panel member of the Royal Academy of Dance Regional Advisory Panel (SA) and previously held the role of Chair of Move Through Life Dance Company for 3 years.

Lia's first love is ballet, which is evident in her passionate and anecdotal teaching methods, but closely followed by jazz, Broadway, lyrical and anything theatrical!

Lia is also a wife and proud of three (also theatrical!) children.

Erin

Erin

Vocal Instructor

Erin holds a Bachelor of Jazz Performance specialising in Jazz Voice at Elder Conservatorium of Music alongside an Associate Diploma in Musical Theatre.

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International Downbeat award winner, Erin McKellar, holds bachelor of music, specializing in jazz performance from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, alongside an Associate diploma in Musical Theatre. Most recently Erin, has returned from New York having been selected for American Theatre Wing’s, SpringboardNYC program. During this intensive, Erin was mentored by renowned Broadway actors, director and casting agents, including Jack O’brien, David Henry Hwany, Lucy Liu, Corey Hawkins and David Caparelliotis. During her time in New York, Erin also performed as a guest vocalist at the Lincoln Centre’s, Dizzy’s Coca Cola Jazz Club. This year Erin was selected as finalist for the prestigious James Morrison Vocal Scholarship. As an educator and researcher Erin has presented her work at the Beacon Conference for Undergraduate research and soon to be presenting at the International Jazz Voice Conference held in Helsinki. In 2015 Erin undertook a Jazz singers intensive summer workshop in London at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During the previous year Erin was selected as a mentor for the 2014 New York Jazz Symposium in Melbourne, working along side some of New Yorks finest Jazz musicians. Other achievements include receiving the Edith and Ern memorial award first place in Music Theatre vocals, State Theatre Company Award for Excellence in Drama, receiving a scholarship to attend the New York Julliard Jazz Winter School, SACE Merits in both Music and Drama as well as professional work such as Westfield productions, live children shows and the Fringe.

Erin has a great passion for educating, inspiring and encouraging students to explore their creativity in the area of vocal, music and performing.  She values every opportunity she has to instill confidence and teach music to a new generation. Erin currently teaches private vocal as well as the Music Theatre Group at ACPA. 

Daniela

Daniela

Dance Instructor

Daniela has performed in and choreographed for various dance events, taught dance and fitness in Australia, Asia and Europe and studied with renowned dance artists.

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She performed with the I Solisti Veneti, Chamber Orchestra at the Sansoucci Music Festival, Germany, was a member of the Company for Performing Artists, Thailand, choreographed and performed for The Potbeleez, DirtyFeet, and Global Hair Expo, Sydney, and has trained with and attended workshops held by Akram Khan (Akram Kahn Company), Gary Stewart (ADT), Jonathan Taylor (Ballet Rambert, Netherlads Dans Theatre), David Ashmole (Royal Ballet) and numerous other renowned dance practitioners in Australia and abroad. 

Daniela has collaborated with many artists, including film-makers to create short dance films: “Footprint”, (Dir. Pia Borg) was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, “Then” (Dir. and Chor. Daniela Di Fabio) won Best Independent Dance Video, Il Coreografo Elettronico, Naples and screened at festivals in the USA, NZ, AUS and Italy. 
In 2006, Daniela moved from Sydney to Italy. She taught the RAD ballet syllabus and also founded and directed her own dance and fitness school in the Trentino region. Upon her return to Adelaide in 2014, Daniela joined ACPA.

Daniela’s qualifications include: SACE Dance Certificate, Bachelor of Dance, Post Graduate Diploma and Masters of Choreography (University of Melbourne, VCA), Yoga Teaching Certificate, Pilates Instructor Certificate, Certificate IV in Fitness and Certificate IV in Small Business Management. Her commitment to training students so they can reach their full potential is her driving force as a facilitator. She considers herself blessed to be working in an industry that fosters creativity, requires great dedication and motivation, and strengthens the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of our being.

Ben

Ben

Vocal Instructor

After completing high school with merits in solo & ensemble performance through Brighton Secondary School’s Special Interest Music Program, Ben began his Bachelor of Music specialising in Jazz Vocals at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2007.

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During this time, he performed regularly as one of the most sought-after male vocalists in Adelaide performing at a number of weddings, corporate and private functions.

During his tertiary studies, Ben began his career in vocal education in both private academies and throughout government and non-government schools using the Voicecraft and Estill techniques as a basis, focussing on the fundamental stylistic approach to music and singing. He is also an accomplished choirs and vocal ensemble educator specialising in Jazz, Musical Theatre and contemporary styles.
Ben currently performs with the high-energy gospel group The Gospo Collective under the direction of Charmaine Jones-Devasagayam, has previously worked with Trace Canini in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and has made appearances as a guest vocalist with the Adelaide Youth Superband and more recently headlining the ‘ASO Does Disco’ show with The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked alongside Jessica Mauboy, James Morrision, Silvie Paladino and Paulini in various performances.

Ben is also currently the Managing Director of Gospo Enterprises Pty Ltd which acts as a booking agent and provides talent management in the Adelaide, South Australia region, as well as providing Event Management and Production Support for both small and large-scale projects.

sarah

Sarah

Dance Instructor

Having recently completed the Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Sarah has returned to the Eastern states to launch her professional career.

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Raised in Adelaide, she trained in jazz, ballet, tap, commercial and contemporary dance, and toured internationally with Young Adelaide Voices. She featured as lead vocalist alongside Kate Ceberano in Lady Marmalade (dir. Michael Degenhart) and performed various lead roles for State Opera SA’s Broadway Jr Series (dir. Patrick Lim).
After obtaining her Certificate IV in Dance in 2012, Sarah moved to Melbourne to continue her training at Danceworld Studios and completed the Foundation of Music Theatre at Victorian College of Arts.
Her WAAPA credits include Truman Fly in Bring it On (dir. Jay James-Moody, chor. Michael Ralph), Alexi Darling/Ensemble in Rent (dir. Adam Mitchell), Dance captain in Heathers (dir. Andrew Lewis), Phyllis Dale in 42nd Street (dir. Jason Langley, chor. Lisa O’Dea), Annie in Chicago (dir. Crispin Taylor, chor. Michael Ralph), as well as choreographing WA Screen Academy short films Knock Out and Vivid ‘Magination.