The High School alternative for students serious about dance.

Transit Origins Academy is a high school alternative designed to cater for exceptional young dance artists who are at Year 9 to 12 secondary school education level. 


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High School Education for Dance Artists

Specialising in professional development for Contemporary Dance and the Performing Arts; Transit Origins Academy is a high school alternative that guides students successfully through their crucial years of secondary education and elite dance training.


Find the Perfect Balance

Train smarter with 50% Academic Studies & 50% Elite Dance Training - the perfect balance.

Kick-start Your Dance Career

Extend yourself in an environment that fosters professional development.

Excel with Like Minded Students

Go on your secondary school journey with others who share your passion. 

"We are so excited to be able to offer this exciting new high school alternative for exceptional dance artists

The demand for such a program has been overwhelming, and we are confident it will quickly become a leading platform for the development of young Australian dance artists" - Paul Malek

Join our Dynamic Community

The Transit Dance community is a thriving and inspirational epicentre for creativity and professional development. 

Housed in our world class 4000 sqm Brunswick facilities with onsite performance spaces, professional company and a myriad of pre-professional programs; Transit Dance is an inclusive and inspiring environment that provides students with a unique and rewarding educational experience. 

Learn from industry leaders

The Transit Dance teaching faculty are widely sought not only in Australia, but throughout the world to teach both students and teachers on a regular basis. 

Their individual credentials are of the highest calibre and Transit is committed to providing our students the best teachers in the field.

  Just some of the companies our faculty have been employed by

“Being able to complete my VCE alongside other like-minded students has been such a crucial part of my Academy experience, and knowing I will still attain an ATAR is very reassuring. I couldn’t have asked for a better, more supportive group of faculty and students to complete my last year of high school education with.” - Sasha Missell (Student)

The Directors Behind the Academy

Jayden Hicks

Head of Youth Development

Jayden is a Green Room Award Nominated contemporary dancer based in Melbourne. His dance company credits include Opera Australia, Melbourne Ballet Company, Quirky Productions, RickStix, Collaboration The Project and Vertical Shadows. Jayden is a principal artist for Transit Dance Company under the direction of Paul Malek, and featured in the critically acclaimed BOYZ and Yours Truly. In 2017, Jayden toured nationally in Opera Australia’s production of The Merry Widow, choreographed by Graeme Murphy.

Jayden is the Artistic Director of Origins Dance Company and the Producer of popular Melbourne dance events Dance Architect and UNDRGRND. His current role as Head of Youth Development at Transit Dance allows him to share his creative passion with the next generation of dance artists.

Carly Doctor

Head of Academic Studies

Carly is highly experienced educator and dance artist. Carly holds her Bachelor of Performing Arts and Diploma of Education from Monash University, and for the last 10 years has been one of the lead teachers of drama, theatre studies, dance and English at the highly acclaimed McKinnon Secondary College.  

Carly has worked as a freelance dance teacher, choreographer and director at numerous dance education institutions across Australia. Carly is delighted to join us at Transit Dance and looks forward to undertaking the role of Director of Academic Studies. Her lifelong love of dance and performing, coupled with her expertise as a classroom educator makes her the ideal person for this position. She is committed to driving the students to be the best they can be academically.

Karen Malek

Director of Education

Karen is one of the cofounders of Transit Dance, and the President of Transit Dance Initiative. She is an experienced dance teacher and dance curriculum developer, and holds her Diploma of Dance Teaching & Management, Diploma of Management, Diploma of Musical Theatre, Certificate IV in Business (Governance), and Certificate IV in TAE.

From 2007 to 2017 Karen was the President of Australian Teachers Of Dancing where she was also Chair of Curriculum Development. During her time on the Board Karen was instrumental in creating the ATOD Emergency Relief Fund, and in the development of the Classical Ballet, National Character, Tap, Jazz, Street Beat, Contemporary and Hip Hop systems of training.

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