Launch Academy


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Dance High School – Distance Education

The Launch Academy was created to give students who are skilled in the Performing Arts an alternative schooling solution for completing their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).

Distance Education allows students the flexibility to take on extra dance and industry training whilst studying to qualify for university.

A Unique Program for Ambitious Dancers

The Launch Academy Program includes training in all dance genres, vocal and acting skills.

Our course takes a blended training approach that includes highly specialised dance training in both technical and commercial genres as well as personalised mentoring in the business aspects of becoming a successful commercial dancer.

LAUNCH Academy’s teachers, mentors and trainers are past and current industry professionals who are highly regarded in the industry.

Dependent on what year they are in, students also have the opportunity to complete a Certificate III in Dance (CUA30113) during their time at Launch Academy. Credit points are awarded towards their QCE certificate upon completion of these courses.

Dance Full Time and Complete Your High School Education

Launch Performing Arts Centre recommends Cairns School of Distance Education. Cairns School of Distance Education is a Queensland State School and works as a sole academic provider, offering educational services to home-based and school-based learners from prep to Year 12.

Students who are accepted into the Launch Academy must independently enrol with Cairns Distance Education or another Distance Education of their choice.

Launch Performing Arts Centre will provide a letter of acceptance to successful candidates. Please request an information pack for Cairns School of Distance Education with our office team for more information.

Why Study with Launch Academy?

Strong Technical Foundation

Students undertake several hours of technical training each week to ensure significant improvement in skill level and decrease the chance of injury.

Complete your Certificate III in Dance (CUA30113)

Dependent on what year, students also have the opportunity to complete a Certificate III in Dance (CUA30113) during their time at Launch Academy.

Individual Coaching

There are so many different and exciting pathways to take within this industry. It is our job to guide and mentor you down your ideal path to ensure your best possible chance of success.

Take on the World

Our intention is to prepare students for their chosen pathway whilst ensuring that they are ready for all other options. Students are trained to be the best technicians and performing artists they can be.

Application Now Open For 2020 and 2021 Launch Academy Year Group

2020 and 2021 Launch Academy Year Groups

For more information on Launch Academy including eligibility and request an information pack on enrolments, please contact Launch Performing Arts Centre Director, Michelle Hopper-Doyle at [email protected] or call us 07 5527 7724.

Michelle Hopper Doyle

Course Director

As a leader in the Australian dance industry, Michelle has worked extensively in the performing arts for more than 20 years. Her career has seen her work with the world’s best directors and choreographers including Baz Lurhmann, George Miller, David Atkins, Kelley Abbey, Wade Robson, The Squared Division, John O’Connell, Jason Coleman and Dein Perry.

Over two decades as a performing arts professional, Michelle secured roles in major stage productions including Singin’ in the Rain and Grease Arena Spectacular. She was cast in Happy Feet 2 and The Son of Mask, plus she performed on screen at the TV Week Logie Awards, Helpmann Awards, X Factor, Australian Idol, MTV Music Awards and Aria Awards.

Michelle has danced for the Nickelodeon Awards and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. She performed with leading music icons including Kylie Minogue, Jessica Mauboy, Tina Arena, Guy Sebastian, Boyzone, Vanessa Amorosi, The Rogue Traders and Sneaky Sound System.

Trainers and Mentors

Guest Teachers and Mentors


Our Partner

LAUNCH has partnered with the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) to present our unique certificate course syllabus.

ATOD are Leaders in the field of dance education with a rich history in providing dance syllabus’ of the highest technical standard in order to provide students with performance and leadership opportunities.

ATOD is the registered RTO for the LAUNCH Performing Arts Centre (RTO #31624).

What our clients say

From beginners to aspiring professionals, we’ve helped over 1000 students to express themselves through dance.

Brittany Walsh started her career with a bang performing alongside Julia Morris at the 2018 ‘TV Week Logie Awards’ and her achievements continue to inspire us. In 2018 she landed her first contract with Celebrity Cruises and a 2nd in 2019. This year she had the honour of performing with Katy Perry at the ‘T20 Women’s Cricket World Cup’ under the direction of The Squared Division. Brittany is a dedicated artist with goals of performing in Musical Theatre productions and dreams of heading to Big Apple to be a ‘Rockette’. We have no doubt Brittany will continue to live her dreams and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her. ‘The decision to join the LAUNCH family was the best decision I ever made. The level of expertise within the faculty is 2nd to none and the last 6 years of training under Michelle has been immensely rewarding. The training and experience that LAUNCH offers sets you up for success and has given me the opportunity to live some of my dreams already and for that I am incredibly grateful.’

Brittany Walsh

Karin Mochizuki has achieved success at an early age having performed at the 2018 ‘TV Week Logie Awards’ and as a featured dancer in the blockbuster film ‘Dora the Explorer.’ A truly dedicated artist Karin travelled to LA in 2019 to train with LA’s finest to further her skills and to build contacts with the dream of moving there one day. Karin has been a valued Launch member since 2014 and we couldn’t be prouder of who she has become as a dancer, teacher and role model within our studio.We cannot wait to see what the future holds for her. “Training at Launch Performing Arts centre made me find myself as a dancer. I am forever grateful for all my mentors for the constant knowledge and experience to achieve my goals. Not only do they train you, they give love, relationships and make you feel like apart of a family.”

Karin Mochizuki

Learning to dance from age 3 in NSW, Stephen was always destined to be a performer. He joined LAUNCH in 2017 to further his training and with the goal to become a professional dancer. He started working professionally in 2018, performing in the Opening & Closing Ceremonies for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. He also appeared in the 2019 feature film, Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Stephen has completed 2 overseas dance contracts for Celebrity Cruise Lines and aspires to return to the seas when the world opens up again post COVID. Stephen continues to be part of our dance family in a teaching role primarily for our preschool READY, SET DANCE program. Stephen loves that he plays an important role by introducing dance to the next generation of children. His motto, “Have fun and always try your hardest in everything you do.”

Stephen Fowler

Launch alumni Elle Perring has been performing with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for the past two years as a dancer and aerialist. “Dancing on cruise ships has been a dream of mine since I was 8 years old and I have loved every second of living my dream’. My next goal is to perform in a Musical Theatre show touring Australia and another dream would be to relocate to Europe to perform in a cabaret show. ‘Launch has been my home for the past 5 years and has taught me everything I need to know about the industry. I’m so grateful I can come home between contracts and continue training and stay show fit until the next job comes around.”

Elle Perring

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