Dara Cust commenced her dance training at the age of 7 on the Sunshine Coast at Tina Geddes Dance worx and Fierce studios. In 2005 she extended her studies training with Queensland Ballets Extension Program (Now recognised as QB junior program) where she had her first opportunity performing professionally in a Russian Character piece in the Companies annual 'International Gala' Season at QPAC.
She continued her classical and contemporary training and taught senior Jazz at Anne Fraser School of Dance until she graduated year 12. After receiving Distinction in her final RAD advanced two exam Dara went on to a full-time ballet course, Queensland Ballet Professional Year Program (Now recognised as the 'Young artist Program'). The elite program of 12 students gave her opportunities to take company class and rehearsals alongside the company dancers, specialised tuition from industry professionals and perform in various ballets, both in Brisbane and on tour. She was awarded the Patricia MacDonald Scholarship at her graduation that year. Dara continued on as a trainee dancer in the Company and was offered further performance contracts in 2010. Also, working in their Educational Sector as a guest teacher Dara ran workshops in dance schools and primary/secondary schools in open ballet class and QB repertoire. This is where she first worked with SCPAC.
With a stark contrast to her recent years in classical, Dara continued her performing career with the world's largest Cruise ship company 'Royal Caribbean International', rehearsed in Florida and set sail to perform numerous shows on various ships around the world. In between contracts, Dara taught choreography, open classes and workshops for various schools including ‘Queensland Dance Performance College’ (Now recognised as SCPAC Transition Program). Dara then began teaching on a permanent basis on the Sunshine Coast and North Brisbane, where she has happily resided with SCPAC.