About The Producers

Louise Telford is the owner and director of boutique event management company, Elle Events & Productions, producing large scale corporate and charity gala dinners, international conferences, and bespoke corporate entertainment productions for the past thirteen years. As a fiercely focused and dedicated individual, Louise is not only constantly refining and improving her services to meet the high demands of her clients but takes great pleasure in finding new ways to combine her true passions.

 

As a former dancer herself, Louise has a deep love and appreciation of the Performing Arts. From 2008 – 2016 she was the Performing Arts Director of Global Dance Tours, providing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for over 5000 Australian dance students and their families to tour the USA, Asia and Europe, where she facilitated performances and workshops at some of the world’s most esteemed dance centres and venues. With her history as a dancer and her love of the arts, Louise created and delivered these amazing experiences to help inspire and educate the next generation of performers.

 

Another of Louise’s passion projects was founding and directing the KidsXpress Dance Challenge, the only dance competition in Australia with 100% of their proceeds donated to charity. Over the event’s incredible ten-year run, Louise raised over $500,000 for KidsXpress, while providing performance opportunities to thousands of NSW Performing Arts students.

 

In January 2016, Louise produced a nationwide tour of Australia starring US teen dance sensations Maddie & Mackenzie Ziegler. The tour saw over 10,000 Australian students and parents experience exclusive workshops and shows with the incredible Ziegler sisters.

 

Louise is so very excited to be collaborating with Australian Performing Arts icon Kelley Abbey on the Light The Way Dance Collective and is looking forward to many more ventures, all in the name of continuing to celebrate the wonderful Australian dance and entertainment industry. Watch this space!

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Kelley Abbey is one of Australia’s most accomplished creative directors, choreographers and performers in Film, TV and Musical Theatre.

 

For 30 years Kelley has worked both nationally and internationally. She began her career in lead musical theatre roles with Australia’s most prestigious production companies, and winning Green Room, Mo, Variety Heart and Helpmann Awards. She was renowned for her portrayal of Charity in Sweet Charity and Carmen in Fame the Musical. She is also a renowned creative director and choreographer with an impressive international career encompassing television, film, stage, concert tours, and awards specials.

 

Kelley’s Choreographer credits include: the critically acclaimed Opera Australia’s Salome, Gale Edward’s Carmen on the Handa Harbour stage, John Bell’s Carmen on the Opera house main stage, the Helpmann Award winning Fame - The Musical in Australia, Asia and South Africa, her Helpmann nominated Footloose; and choreography for Follies, Grease the Arena Spectacular, Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Xanadu, Miracle City, Cabaret the Musical, Funny Girl with Caroline O’Connor, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Misanthrope for Bell Shakespeare and Hugh Jackman’s The Boy from Oz Arena, which earned her a Helpmann award for Best Choreography. Kelley was also the stage director on The Main Event concerts starring John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Anthony Warlow, and also the Two Strong Hearts tour starring John and Olivia. She was the Creative director on the 2014, 2019, 2020 series of Dancing With The Stars, a Helpmann nominated Director on the 2010 production of Fame the Musical, which she also choreographed, and also the Associate Director to Baz Luhrman and resident director on Strictly Ballroom the Musical.

 

As Choreographer and Guest Judge for Television: So You Think You Can Dance (Australia and USA), Superstars of Dance (USA) working alongside Nigel Lythgoe, Simon Fuller and Michael Flatley, the Australian I Will Survive for Network Ten, Ultimate High School Musical, Packed to the Rafters, and Dance Academy 3, AFI Awards, MTV Awards, Aria Awards, The Voice, X Factor, The Logies.

 

In film Kelley’s choreographer credits include: In Her Skin with Sam Neil, Guy Pearce and Miranda Otto; Goddess with Laura Michelle Kelly, and choreographer, lead performer and creative motion capture consultant on the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar winning, feature film Happy Feet, a role which earned her international accolades for best choreographer in a feature film in 2006 at the Los Angeles Choreography Media Honors.

 

Kelley is extremely passionate about celebrating and documenting the careers of the Australian performing arts industry and is excited to be collaborating with Louise Telford on these wonderful projects for the Light The Way Dance Collective.

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