I have been a part of Launch Performing Arts Centre since the beginning, and I can confidently say that it has been the best decision of my life. Being a student at Launch has not only shaped me as a dancer, but it has also influenced my morals and values as a person. Under the constant guidance of Michelle, the director, I have learned everything I know and I wouldn’t be the person and dancer I am today without her.
From beginners to aspiring professionals, we’ve helped over 1000 students to express themselves through dance.
I made the decision at 22 years old to follow my performing dreams and train full-time at Launch. For me there was nowhere else I wanted to train more than under the direction of Michelle Hopper-Doyle. Nervous and with the singular goal to simply be open and see what comes out of the year, I began my journey. We had the privilege of learning from top industry professionals weekly, alongside a stellar line up of guest teachers. Their talent, artistry and knowledge was inspiring and their investment in our training and us as individuals truly transformed me as a performer.
10+ incredible years of extensive training, performing and teaching at Launch Performing Arts Centre, have allowed me to pursue and craft a career of my own. Michelle Hopper Doyle, Troy Phillips and other key staff members of Launch nurtured, guided, loved and cared for me throughout my entire journey as a young performer and young individual. Their tailored guidance and direction across all genres of dance and performance instilled a work ethic and resilient mindset.
Starting as a newcomer to the performing arts world at a late age I never imagined the transformation that awaited me when I stepped into Launch. When I was entering grade 10 at my regular high school I decided to continue my studies through The ‘Launch academy’ without any prior dance training, just ambition and passion. Under the direction of Michelle Hopper Doyle, it didn’t matter my ability, but my determination.
At the beginning of 2023 I moved from Brisbane to the Gold Coast to train full-time at LAUNCH Performing Arts Centre, under the guidance of Michelle Hopper-Doyle. The decision to train at LAUNCH has been nothing but inspiring and fulfilling. The wide range of classes, choreographers, and performance opportunities available to us is unmatched. We receive a variety of styles taught by the industry’s most sought-after professionals, ensuring we attain a well-rounded education with the correct tools for succeeding with longevity. The experienced teachers not only challenge me but push me to surpass my own ideas of what I am capable of. They assist me to continuously strive to become the most well-rounded performer and ensure I reach my full potential.
In 2015, at the age of 12, I began my dance training under the guidance of Michelle Hopper Doyle at Launch Performing Arts Centre. Looking back, I can confidently say that I would not be the artist I am today, nor would I be anywhere close to where I am in my professional career, if it weren’t for her constant support and care, as well as the exceptional quality of training she provides.
Michelle not only imparts her knowledge and resources to her students, but she also shares the wisdom she has gained over her 20 years of being a professional in the industry herself. This is what truly sets her apart from many dance teachers today.
I am honored to write this testimonial for Michelle Hopper Doyle, who has had a profound impact on my professional dance training and career. Michelle’s expertise and guidance have been instrumental in shaping my journey and have given me the tools to thrive in the dance industry.
Michelle possesses an in-depth understanding of our profession and has the ability to impart that knowledge to her students. Under her guidance, I have learned the ins and outs of our industry, gaining invaluable insights on how to navigate it with longevity.
For as long as I can remember dance has always been my biggest passion in life. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it was difficult for many dancers like me to maintain the busy dance schedule that we usually had and to enjoy dancing in our own homes. I reached out to Michelle during this Covid period, and she welcomed me to the studio with open arms. She sparked my love for dance again. Michelle speaks about dance with so much knowledge and passion behind her words that it’s hard not to want to train under someone like her.
What a year! You don’t just teach – you inspire and empower your dancers to achieve great things. Cannot thank you enough! It has been a joy to watch the transformation.
My daughter has been attending LAUNCH for three consecutive years!! She loves being part of the LAUNCH Team! She has developed in leaps & bounds with dance technique, control & discipline. The teachers are friendly yet professional. Concerts are always such a pleasure to attend as it showcases all the students hard work!! Proud to be LAUNCH!!
LAUNCH performing arts company, offers a variety of both recreational and performance classes from age 3 and up. The staff are amazing and so welcoming. My daughter loves coming each week.
WOW! Blown away by how much my daughter loved her trial this morning for RSD and RSD ballet! She had so much fun and hasn’t stopped talking about it! She is 3 1/2 and I was a little worried she wouldn’t want me to leave her or that she wouldn’t last the hour and a half but she was in a world of her own. She didn’t want it to end! Thank you launch we look forward to many fun times ahead.
A fabulous dance school. I continue to be impressed by the professionalism, accessibility and friendliness of the teachers and staff. My daughters excitement for every class and all the teachers is a reflection of an absolutely wonderful and positive environment she is provided to learn. The students and staff have been so welcoming, only at LAUNCH PAC for a term, she has found the most amazing new dance family.
Our daughter has been with the LAUNCH family since she was 4 years old. It has given her so much confidence, the team are super kind & their annual concert is always amazing.
Thank you so much for the amazing end of year performance tonight! Such a friendly + fun place for our kids to dance + such a professional team with outstanding choreography + detail! Inspired by what you do, the variety of dance styles you offer + the brilliant team you have on board not only in admin but your super star instructor team! Highly recommend LAUNCH Pac.
100% professionally run studio with an amazing team of staff. Very accommodating and nurturing particularly to the younger dancers. The Ready Set Dance program is brilliant for little dancers and I highly recommend enrolling your pre-school aged kids. Excellent communication and friendly ‘nothing is ever a problem’ attitude. Thank you LAUNCH, we look forward to many years of dancing with you.
Dear LAUNCH PAC Team, I cannot thank the team at LAUNCH Performing Arts Centre enough for the wonderful the work they do. While many people think of dancing as kids having fun moving around to music, I have found that it is so much more than this. Since starting at LAUNCH PAC at the beginning of last year, not only have I noticed a great improvement my daughter’s strength, flexibility, stamina, coordination, balance and strength; I have noticed a huge improvement in her confidence, self-esteem, socialisation skills and concentration. LAUNCH PAC you teach so much more than the physical aspects of dance, you are teaching her how to work individually and as a team member, to be supportive of others and respectful, to be disciplined, to try ‘her’ best whatever that standard may be, to set goals, and be proud of her accomplishments. In addition, LAUNCH PAC you provide such a supportive and friendly environment for the students’ growth in so many ways and the teachers are the best I have come across. As my daughter started formal schooling this year, I was concerned about how much after school dance was too much, as it might be affect her fatigue for school and learning. However, I have found these concerns irrelevant as she is doing really well in her both her schooling and dance classes. In addition, her quality of sleep and overall mood has also positively improved. In fact, towards the end of term 1 she wanted to pick up an extra dance class, and whilst I was hesitant, I thought there was no harm in giving it a go and I could just monitor her fatigue levels. To my surprise, her school teacher recently commented on how something in my daughter has just ‘clicked’ and she has significantly improved in class with her learning and concentration. This improvement changed right at the time she commenced this extra class. Coincidence perhaps, but the mental, emotional, as well as the physical benefits of dance have definitely been witnessed over the past year and half in our case. Michelle, you truly have created a wonderful dance studio which builds the students social, emotional and physical characters so much. The opportunities you offer our children is fantastic and you have really instilled the positive, friendly and supportive culture in your studio. Roxie, you teach so many of my daughter’s classes and I cannot thank you enough for the positive influence you have had on her. You bring out the best in her in all ways and have taught her how important it is to always try ‘her’ best. Her improvement in the past couple of months in particular has been amazing! So thank you to all the team at LAUNCH PAC for making such a positive influence in our lives.
I have two young daughters attending LAUNCH (one in a performance group) and am genuinely pleased with this dance studio. The teachers are all very experienced in their fields and provide exceptional coaching for the children in a nurturing and inspiring environment. My children love attending all their classes and have made close friendships. The overall experience we have had at LAUNCH is professionalism, a focus on technique, encouragement and great sportsmanship. Thankyou, we are really thrilled to have relocated dance schools to LAUNCH.
LAUNCH has provided my young daughters with great training in a nurturing environment and I have seen their confidence and skills grow immensely. Michelle and the Team at LAUNCH provide an amazing service to the industry and I would highly recommend them as Performing Arts School.