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CALIESE McEACHERN
Biggest performing achievements?
I was cast as Amanda Thripp in Matilda in The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Australasian tour in 2017. I also played young Cosette in the 2019 Savoyards production of Les miserables. I also competed overseas for Acrobatic Gymnastics women’s trio twice at international competitions placing 6th in Las Vegas World Cup  in 2019 and 10th in the Portugal World Cup in 2020.
What classes did you take?
Over the years I’ve taken jazz, musical theatre and ballet but I’m currently in Elementary ballet.
Favourite memories at Bayside Dance?
Taking private lessons with Miss Maddison and Miss Kaitlin! They both made dancing so enjoyable and were supportive of all my passions both in dancing and outside. Recently I have been lucky enough to have Miss Kate as my ballet teacher. She  has helped me grow as a dancer and person, constantly pushing me to be the best dancer I can be.
How have BD staff prepared you? 
I have had the privilege of being taught by Miss Kaitlin, Miss Kate and Miss Maddison. They have constantly pushed me to achieve my goals whether they be in dance or in life in general.  I have grown up with amazing role models who I aspire to be like in the future and they have taught me how hard work truly does pay off
Advice to other dancers?
Sometimes the best memories are made when you’re pushed out of your comfort zone. Don’t let your fear of the unknown stop you from trying new things because that is how we grow as dancers.
Biggest ambitions? 
My biggest ambitions would be to perform a lead in a professional musical again, and to join a profession where I can help people to reach their goals just like my teachers have.
PAIGE McKAY
Biggest performing achievements?
My biggest achievements so far have been getting into the Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium straight out of high school! Some of my big achievements during University was performing as a solo artist at QPAC with the Queensland Pops Orchestra, performing with Patti Lupone & singing at the Brisbane Helpmann Award Nominations.
Since graduating I got a scholarship to work with Dead Puppet Society last year, and was in the Top 30 for the Rob Guest Endowment 2020.
And next year I’ll (hopefully) be touring Australia in Margaret Fulton the Musical!
What classes did you take?
I started in the first year of Bayside Dance and took Ballet, Tap & Jazz.
Favourite memories at Bayside Dance?
Taking classes in the Wynnum hall, and being the only student of my age at the studio, so Kaitlin taught me a dance solo in the first concert! I remember being so nervous. And I also did my first ever tap exam!
How have BD staff prepared you? 
The staff at Bayside Dance were always so supportive, from helping me develop my dance skills to audition for university, to being an assistant teacher and now having my own class in Musical Theatre! I couldn’t have done it without their support, particularly Kaitlin who always goes above and beyond for everyone! Very grateful to have come across Bayside Dance in that small hall six years ago!
Advice to other dancers?
Always work hard and keep setting goals for yourself, but don’t take yourself too seriously. Never forget how much you love it and how lucky you are to be able to dance. Oh and always be respectful and grateful to your teachers, they always want the best for you!
Biggest ambitions? 
This is such a tricky question! I think having a career in the arts is wonderful for its versatility and constant new challenges and changes in your life. But if I can keep working in the arts industry in Australia, whether that be in musicals/plays, tours across the country or teaching, and keep that up as my career for a long time, I think that’s my biggest ambition.

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My daughter Charlotte is three years old, loves Miss Kaitlin, her new friends and her Saturday ballet class. She has learnt so much, and role plays at home and has developed a passion for ballet.

Natalie

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