Meet Our Team

Director's Message

Knowing I can create an environment for students to develop, connect and create is incredibly important to me.

I really believe that our team are of the highest standard. They are dedicated, passionate and always willing to assist.

It is integral that our studio not only facilitates growth but also is a safe space for students to become aspiring performers.

I welcome you to join our community and look forward to sharing with you, the love and joy at ACPA.

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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.

Pep Rigano

Pep Rigano

MANAGEMENT

Pep is our marketing and promotions manager at the Australian Company of Performing Arts as well as the school's head hip hop coach.

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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

MANAGEMENT

Meagan worked as a professional dancer for over 10 years performing 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.

Alexis

Alexis

FULL TIME COORDINATOR

Alexis began dancing at 3, training in 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.

Jasmin

Jasmin

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Jasmin has been performing since the age of 8 and began formal dance training at the age of 13.  She has trained in numerous styles ...

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Jasmin has trained in numerous styles such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, and Commercial.

A devoted member to ACPA, Jasmin has been a part of countless Children Interactive Pantomimes and has competed in various Jazz, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop competitions. In 2016, Jasmin got the opportunity to travel and train intensively in the US with some of the world’s best choreographers and has also extended her experience by performing in Disneyland. She will be returning to the US in 2018 to train once again.

After her successful completion of Stage 1 and 2 in Dance, Jasmin studied full time dance and recently received her Certificate IV in Dance through the ATOD. She is currently in the process of beginning her Diploma in Dance Teaching & Management.

Dancing and teaching is something Jasmin strives and lives for! She finds nothing more satisfying then seeing her students evolve and being able to share her passion and knowledge of dance with them here at ACPA. Jasmin currently teaches Hip Hop Crews as well as the Junior Tap and Kids Hip Hop classes at ACPA.

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Steph

MUSIC THEATRE DIRECTOR

Stephanie has competed in winning Eisteddfods in Melbourne and Adelaide, & completed ballet studies....

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

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. 

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 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. Recently 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. 

Jess Goldfinch

Jess Goldfinch

CONTEMPORARY

Jessica Goldfinch (Statton) is a local independent Artist who has been working in the arts for the past 12 years.

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Graduating from a bachelor of dance performance at Adelaide Centre for the Arts in 2004, Jessica’s career has included professional performances with independent artists Katrina Lazzaroff, Aidan Kane Munn, guest artist for Elizabeth Cameron Dalman’s company, Mirrimu , as well as numerous performances with State Opera SA.

Further studies in a Master of Teaching from Uni SA in 2010 saw Jessica focus her skills in dance education, teaching at over 60 primary and high schools throughout Adelaide and regional South Australia, the UK and Thailand, as well as tutoring for private dance schools, professional companies, and contracts through Ausdance SA’s Artist in schools’ program and Adelaide Festival Centre’s CentrEd program.

Jessica’s teaching experience has ranged from beginners to advanced level in genres of contemporary dance technique, composition and choreography, ballet, hip-hop and body conditioning. Jessica has been a teacher and moderator for SACE dance and has sat on the panel for Carlclew Youth Arts ‘Artist in residence’ grants.

More recently Jessica has been working at the University of South Australia and Flinders University as a tutor in the school of education for Arts and Health and Physical Education programs as well as teaching for ACPA school, SACE dance and Full time course as their primary contemporary tutor.

Jadey

Jadey

BALLET, TAP

Jadey began dancing at the age of 2, where she started to grow a strong passion for the performing arts. 

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Early highlights of her childhood dance career include being casted on the children’s Television series ‘The Fairies’ in 2009, and being a part of the production of ‘Candyman’. Throughout her early dancing years, Jadey competed in many regional and national competitions all over Australia, where won multiple aggregate awards and scholarships and championships.

She completed her ballet studies in both Cecchetti and Borovansky as well as her CSTD jazz and tap exams. Jadey received a dance Scholarship at Kildare College where she completed her stage 1 and 2 SACE dance, and was awarded the Dux for this Subject. Jadey has a strong passion for teaching and absolutely loves to share her knowledge and adoration to the new generation of dancers.

Jadey has always had a particular passion for teaching as she finds nothing more fulfilling then encouraging her students to develop as passionate dancers. Jadey is dedicated to producing an encouraging and enthusiastic learning atmosphere for her students here at ACPA.