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Join us for a 3 day ADVANCED dance intensive at the brilliant 3 Danks Studios!- 27, 28 & 29 October, 2023

After the success of The Ultimate Broadway and West End Experience, The Artists Lab is so excited to announce our ADVANCED Discipline series. Not only will you gain a deep understanding and invaluable knowledge of the DANCE technique in five of the most important forms for Theatre, you will also learn and understand what it is we truly look for when auditioning for shows in an audition/casting room with choreographer & director Simone Sault. The Artists Lab is proud to announce we will be gifting each participant with high res footage of their work for their showreels  as well as inviting Agents & industry professionals to the final showcase!

Our 2023 Stellar Teaching Cast includes:

Kelley Abbey

Kelley Abbey is one of Australia's most accomplished artists. She is a renowned director, choreographer, and performer with an impressive international career encompassing television, film, stage, concert tours, and awards specials. She has worked both nationally and internationally, winning awards such as the Green Room, Mo, Variety Heart, Broadway World, Helpmann Awards and has also earned a Hollywood Choreography Media Honours. 

From principal performer and choreographer in the Oscar winning box office smash Happy Feet, to performing the lead role in Sweet Charity on stage, starring in and directing and choreographing Fame the Musical and choreographing pop artists, movie stars and casts of thousands... Kelley Abbey understands dance and movement like no other.

With an empathetic nature and a deep sense of joy, Kelley's creativity and achievements are an inspiration to many. 

Simone Sault

Simone Sault grew up in Melbourne, first training in classical ballet at the National Theatre Ballet School, before beginning her professional stage career with the Australian Opera Ballet at the age of 18.

In 1999 Simone was asked to join Graeme Murphy’s prestigious Sydney Dance Company, dancing many principal roles during her six-year tenure, including a 2004 season of the critically acclaimed Ellipse in New York.  The Sydney Morning Herald noted Simone’s triumph in Ellipse as, “an outstandingly vivacious performance.”

She has performed in many professional musical productions, including, Phantom of the Opera (Australia), Chicago (Australia and London), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (London), Sinatra (London Palladium), and ENO productions of On The Town (London and Paris.)

Simone has completed several films – most notably Beauty and the Beast, Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland with Oscar nominated director Tim Burton.  She also had the honour of singing the demo track Take It All for director Rob Marshall’s film Nine.

Her talents have made her a much sought after dance coach and creative/choreographer all over the world.  Her creative roles have encompassed workshops for major West End productions such as The Wizard of Oz, Flashdance and Shoes.  As well as choreographing for Love Never Dies (Hamburg), Sadler’s Wells’ Most Incredible Things with the Pet Shop Boys, Strictly Dance Fever  for the BBC and the 2012 London Olympic Games ceremonies with Danny Boyle.

Simone has recently choreographed the Brand new Phantom Of The Opera for Andrew Lloyd Webber and is currently the Associate Choreographer for Stephen Sondheim/ Marianne Elliot’s Broadway Production of COMPANY. She is also the Associate/ Choreographer for Love Never Dies - Germany/ Japan/ USA/ World Tour.

Simone has appeared in numerous television shows and commercials and has performed on world stages at prestigious awards shows.

Thomas Egan

Thomas is a Creative and Performer on the show The Tap Pack. The Pack is about to perform on the West End in London and in Berlin. They have also been nominated for two Green Room Awards for Excellence in Choreography and Best Musical, an Australian Dance Award and had sold out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and, Sydney and Melbourne seasons. They also have also played the TIPI Am Kanzleamt in Berlin and the Super Theatre in Beijing. 

Thomas worked as a commercial dancer in Sydney for many years having danced for Kylie Minogue, Delta Goodrem, Timomatic, Jessica Mauboy, X-Factor, Australia's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance and Channel V. Thomas appeared Baz Luhrmann's film The Great Gatsby as a featured dancer. That year he landed his first tour with Tap Dogs, in which he still tours with on occasions. Tap dogs took him all over Australia, France, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UAE. It also brought him to perform in front of his largest audience of 500 million TV viewers for the spring gala in China. He also performed in the Production Company's season of Singin' In The Rain and Fame The Musical choreographed by Kelley Abbey. 

The Forge Tap Project was created by Thomas in 2016. The Forge is a Tap Dance initiative that creates Tap projects including, but not limited to, masterclasses, choreography, shows and dance films. Current projects include the Tap team of 20 kids from Sydney and touring workshops around Australia. The Forge is an Australian project and advocates for Australian Tap talent. This has also spurred on the opening of The Forge Tap Company. FTC is a contemporary tap dance company that creates contemporary works through the medium of tap. Their first piece Alpha is a work culminating the most traditional and raw elements of tap dance. 

Street Feet is another of Thomas’ creations, a high energy, physical street style Tap show. Other creations could be seen at; Slide Night Club, Wendy Brown Productions, SMA, Short n’ Sweet and the Great Australasian Beer Festival.  You can find him online @cruiseliketom for Instagram and @ThomasJEgan on YouTube.

Thomas trained with his mother Sharon Lawrence, and Barbara Lynch while spending his high school years in an Arts School (VCASS). He grew up in the theatres of Melbourne working at 10 years old as young Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, Singin' In The Rain, Oliver and Gypsy. Thomas sought further training from Robert Sturrock and trained in Los Angeles for Hip Hop and Tap.

Skills you will attain from The Artists 3 Day Advanced Series - DANCE:

  • Daily classes in Dance Technique & Choreography

  • Specialist technical training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Theatre and Musical Theatre.

  • Specialist Dance/ Movement Technique to be conducted with industry renowned professionals

  • Q and A with the Industry’s finest

  • Presentation- Learn how to give yourself the best chance by knowing how to present yourself.

By the end of this course you will have:

  • Developed skills and a deep understanding of the Dance industry

  • Mastered your development as an artist through this training with new self- confidence and assurance.

  • Understood and harnessed your strengths AND weaknesses as a dancer

  • Explored artistically and creatively YOUR unique talents

  • Had the rare opportunity to have WORKED AND PERFORMED for INTERNATIONAL CREATIVES.

  • Walk away with high resolution footage of your dancing to add to your show reel.


Important info


Date: 27,28 & 29 OCTOBER, 2023

Venue: 3 Danks Studio

Participation Costs: $550.00 + Services Fees & Charges

You will be required between the following times:

Friday 27 October - 8:30am - 3:00pm

Saturday 28 October - 3pm - 9pm

Sunday 29th October - 1:30pm - 8:30pm

(that is less than $25,00 per hour for world class teachers!)

Prerequisites & Requirements:

1. You are required to have been dancing for at least 3 years.

2. There is no age limit - however we do recommend only ADVANCED dancers apply.

3. You will be required to bring Tap Shoes, Jazz Shoes, Chorus Heels & and appropriate dance wear.



  • 15 minute walk from Redfern & Green Square Train Stations.

  • Minutes walk from bus stops with direct routes to North Sydney, Bondi Junction, CBD and Inner West.

  • Free parking in all surrounding streets and parking garage across the road at 18 Danks Street.

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