Brisbane’s favourite dance and theatre school
The Dance and Theatre Factory opened in 2008 under the direction of Lyn Pelgrave and has continued to grow and blossom bigger and brighter each year. Our industry trained qualified staff believe in fostering relationships and developing the youth of our society into confident, capable and successful young men and women. At The Dance and Theatre Factory, we endeavour to encourage and grow our students as they develop their skills as performers and foster the love of the arts in modern styles of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Singing and Drama as we welcome each and every one into our Dance and Theatre Factory Family.
The Dance and Theatre Factory is in Manly West or Tingalpa, opposite Moreton Bay College on Wondall Road. Spanning across 5 studio spaces, all named after the stars who have been inspirational in their genres.
Our studios are air conditioned and have all the trimmings a studio requires with sprung flooring, wall mounted ballet barre’s, professional vinyl dance floor coverings, mirrors, pianos and integrated sound systems with Bluetooth connectivity.
Our designated singing studio is soundproof, intimate and contains all you need for singing development. We are proud to have our specially built performance space with multi configuration stage, various seating options, theatrical lighting rig, sound and microphone system and masking curtains. Space is available for hire as well as for use for in-house events staged right here at The Dance and Theatre Factory.
The Dance and Theatre Factory Staff of industry professional, dedicated, talented and fully qualified teachers take great pride and pleasure in welcoming everyone to The Dance and Theatre Factory Family. Our Staff are selected for their professional industry experience and recognised qualifications and have extensive experience working as teachers, trainers and educators of our range of age groups.
We take great care and pride in creating age-appropriate classes where each student receives individualized instruction and attention.
Vocational Vocal Coach
Administration & Tap
The Dance and Theatre Factory is committed to encouraging all performers to strive for excellence and enjoy the journey along the way. We believe each young person can grow and develop their personal physical, emotional, and intellectual goals through our dance and theatre programs. Our mission is to provide quality dance and theatre instruction through caring, professional instructors in a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere.
The Dance and Theatre Factory offers a supportive, inclusive and caring environment with an aim in ensuring that our students can develop and utilize their skills learnt to grow up to become stable and productive members of society with a love of the arts.
The Dance and Theatre Factory vision is to expand our Musical Theatre and Dance programs based on our local community’s continued interest in dance, theatre, and physical fitness. Our vision is determined through the eyes of our dancers. If our students can dream it, we strive to achieve it!
We hope to inspire our community with non-competitive dance and performing arts education and offer many opportunities for our students to grow and develop in a facility that will motivate, educate, and develop an appreciation of the performing arts. It is through our mission and vision that The Dance and Theatre Factory will continue to create “change” in our world’s future through our students and their families.
Here at The Dance and Theatre Factory we value inclusiveness, friendship, confidence, family, empowerment and passion for our styles. The Dance and Theatre Factory Staff, students and families take great pride in promoting self-confidence, self-respect, discipline, and appreciation through the fine arts of dance and performing arts. The success of our students and facility is due to great teamwork between the students, the staff and our Dance and Theatre Factory Families.
Shine Bright like the star you are
Dance? Act? Sing? Your way! Come and try new styles today. Join us at The Dance and Theatre Factory! New enrolments welcome anytime.
- RAD, DDTS, RTS
- Diploma of Dance
- Cert IV Dance Teaching and Management.
- Cert IV TAE. Australian Dance Institute Endorsed Syllabus Assessor.
Prior to establishing The Dance and Theatre Factory, Lyn’s professional performance career spanned more than 2 decades that saw her travelling and performing with touring musical comedy and theatre productions throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US.
Returning to her hometown of Brisbane, Lyn established The Dance and Theatre Factory were her greatest passions, the performing arts and teacher are combined to raise the next generation of stars.
Vocational Vocal Coach
- Bachelor of Music (Jazz Voice)
- Master of Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy)
Erin has been singing and performing for as long as she can remember. She began her musical career at age 7, when she joined her local community theatre group. From that point on, Erin has performed in, and been musical director in many amateur and semi-professional musicals for over 10 years.
In 2013, she decided to expand her musical knowledge and skills through a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Voice) at the Queensland Conservatorium. While studying, Erin continued to perform as lead singer in her cover band, Avalon, and also worked as a singing and piano teacher. Most recently, Erin developed a greater love and understanding of teaching after completing a Master of Music Studies majoring in vocal pedagogy, also at the Queensland Conservatorium. This year, she has decided to continue her studies with a Master of Secondary Teaching specialising in music.
Administration & Tap
- Cert IV Dance Teaching & Management
- Cert III Assistant Dance Teaching
- Cert IV Business Management
Tammy started her dancing career relatively late in the game, not getting involved in any forms of dance until her late teens. After years of participating in Scouting shows, Tammy progressed into lessons in Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Musical Theatre expanding on her skill set before taking these skills and putting them to use on the Brisbane Musical Theatre scene performing with a variety of companies. She continues to participate in Jazz/Hip Hop, Tap & Cabaret Classes and undertakes vocal lessons with Danika Saal.
Tammy holds a Certificate IV in Business Management, Certificate III in Assistant Dance Teaching, and has completed her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management. Tammy is excited to be teaching the younger students in Tap watching them discover the noise their feet make and handling the day to day administration of The Dance and Theatre Factory.
- Bachelor of Music (Jazz Voice)
- Masters of Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy)
Julia’s musical tuition began at the age of nine, undertaking classical singing lessons. After years of competing in Eisteddfods, AMEB exams, crafting her own songs and performing she branched into contemporary singing where she found a passion for jazz music that led her to auditioning for and completing a Bachelor at the Conservatorium of Music majoring in Jazz Voice. This new direction saw her perform at the Brisbane Jazz Club, The Powerhouse Museum and other venues in Brisbane while growing a skill set in contemporary singing genres, songwriting techniques, multi-instrumental abilities and teaching.
While participating in ensembles, writing her own music, performing and teaching around Brisbane, Julia’s desire to learn more about the voice and provide a greater teaching versatility guided her towards her current masters degree in Vocal pedagogy. Her studies have cemented a wealth of knowledge regarding the voice and Julia’s personal musical experience has helped her create a balanced teaching philosophy. This philosophy aims to inspire the development of healthy, free, natural voices through the application of factual information, positive teaching techniques and exploration of sound.
Julia finished her Master’s degree in 2016 and is currently preparing to undertake a Higher Degree with a focus on modern musical theatre singing, in particular teaching modern musical theatre to children.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
- Bachelor of Education
- Member of Acro Dance Teachers Association
Nicola has been dancing since the age of three and has performed in several concerts and competitions both nationally and internationally. She has choreographed her own group and solo dances since the age of 14 and was awarded best choreography award as well as highest age scoring soloist in many competitions. She has a strong passion for various dance genres including lyrical, contemporary, jazz and acrobatics and has undergone rigorous training in these fields. Nicola is currently studying a double degree in dance and education at Queensland University of Technology and is excited to share her knowledge and love of dance with the students at The Dance and Theatre Factory.
Isabella Maric is a young and passionate Musical Theatre student. She has taken multiple classes throughout her life focused on Dance, Drama, Voice, and Acrobatics. As of 2020, she has completed her Certificate IV in Musical Theatre (ADMT) as well as an Acrobatic Arts Module One Teaching Certification. She has performed in ADMT’s production of Chicago as Roxie Hart, and in The Dance and Theatre Factory’s production of Shrek Jr. as Lord Farquaad. Isabella hopes to continue and grow her career in performance and teaching.
Hannah has had a passion for musical theatre for as long as she can remember and her tuition started in 2007 when she began vocal lessons and grew a passion for dance, in the styles of jazz, tap and even Irish dancing. Throughout the years to follow, Hannah built her skills by participating in musicals and plays through school and community theatre, until in 2019, she studied a Certificate IV in Musical Theatre with ADMT. Hannah’s passion grew exponentially from her studies and is now undertaking a Bachelor of Creative Industries with a major in Drama and Performance at QUT.
Kaitlyn has been performing on the stage since she was four years old. Born and raised in Rockhampton, Queensland she received intense dance training at Debra Parker’s Rockhampton Academy of Dancing and vocal lessons with Christine Netherwood. She has just recently graduated with Distinction from the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre. Kaitlyn’s other credentials include her successful completion of the Advanced 2 RAD and a teachers diploma of jazz, tap and musical theatre with the EDTA syllabus. She has also been fortunate enough to perform internationally in both California and Malaysia with her dance and musical theatre skills. She is so excited to become apart of the teaching staff at the Theatre Factory.
- Diploma of Musical Theatre
- Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)
- CSTD Teachers’ Certificate
Since a very young age Lauren has had a passion for dance. Having grown up with a nationally recognised ballroom dancer as her grandad, it was inevitable that she too would become a dancer.
In 2016 Lauren danced full-time whilst completing her Diploma of Musical Theatre at Davidia Lind Dance Centre. During that same year she also attained her CSTD Teachers’ Certificate. From there, Lauren furthered her studies completing an Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) under the direction of Simon Lind in 2017. Since graduating, she has worked with Velvet Motion Entertainment at numerous corporate events around Brisbane and the Gold Coast as a professional dancer. For the last few years Lauren has also been teaching at studios across Brisbane, inspiring kids of all ages. She one day hopes to land a contract with an international cruise line company to broaden her experiences and knowledge within the entertainment industry.
Lauren has a strong passion for teaching and loves working with children. She believes in creating a fun and supportive environment to help children overcome challenges and become the superstar performers she knows they can be.
- Certificate I in Dance
- Certificate II in Dance
- Certificate III in Dance, Jazz and Contemporary
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
Morgan started dancing at a young age beginning with Jazz, Tap and Contemporary before later starting Ballet. She completed all Jazz, Tap and Theatrical exams through Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance with Honours and studied Ballet through the Royal Academy of Dance. Early on she knew that teaching was her passion and at the age of 15 began running her own dance classes privately, through schools and dance studio’s. Through school Morgan studied dance part time along with her schooling, completing her Certificate I, II and III in Dance. After graduating grade 12 Morgan auditioned and was accepted into Queensland University of Technology’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance). In the future Morgan looks forward to extending her knowledge and teaching ability by beginning and completing her Master of Teaching degree.
Morgan believes in creating a positive and supportive environment for all students, parents and staff and understands that every student is unique, individual and that no two bodies are the same. These beliefs are central to her positive and upbeat teaching style and loves to endorse the positive beliefs for all of her students.
From the age of 8, David grew up dancing in Brisbane learning from the one and only Sandra Breen OAM at the Southern Academy of Dance. He trained in CSTD tap and jazz, voice and acting.
Professionally, David’s career has been diverse across musical theatre, festival and corporate performances in Australia and abroad. He has worked with various tap companies including Raw Metal, Red Hot Rhythm, Three Feet of Beat, and most recently with Those Tap Guys. A highly sought after “tap technician”, David has taught across Australia, New Zealand and USA, for both amateur and professional dance studios.
Living away for 15 years in Melbourne he recently relocated his family to Brisbane and looks forward to bringing his passion for dance to the students of The Theatre Factory.
Lara is a theatre maker, performer, teaching artist and director. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Drama at the Queensland University of Technology. She is training to become a fight director with The Society of Australian Fight Directors and holds an Associate Diploma in Performing (Speech and Drama) which she attained through the Trinity College of London. The results from her Grade Six examination with Trinity saw Lara top Queensland and become the recipient of the Barbara Sisley Award.
Lara has performed, directed and produced in creative developments, productions and festivals across Queensland and New South Wales. She was recently a cast member in Share House Theatre Company’s Jane and Kell Go to Hell: a production that toured South-East Queensland.
Lara has been teaching and encouraging students since 2017. She is excited to be joining The Theatre Factory team and is keen to share her passion with students who aspire to be performers and also students that just want to improve their confidence.