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Dance Architect Choreographic Award and Summit brings together hundreds of innovative dance teachers, business owners, industry leaders, students and parents for a week of professional development, collaboration and celebration in October 2018.

Beginning with the annual Youth Choreographic Award (October 1st - 3rd) and concluding with our innaugural Dance Education Summit (October 3rd - 4th), Dance Architect aims to unite, educate and inspire the Australian dance community.

Dance Education Summit

The Dance Architect Dance Education Summit (3rd - 4th October) is a two day professional development event for Dance Educators, Business Owners, Students and Parents.

Featuring a jam packed schedule of seminars, workshops, industry panels, and key note speakers, the Dance Architect Dance Education Summit celebrates the very best our industry has to offer.  

Youth Choreographic Award

The Dance Architect Youth Choreographic Award (October 1st - 3rd) is a unique choreographic award for emerging contemporary dance choreographers and creators, aged 15 - 25 years old. 

Each year 100+ young choreographers present new works in our show case series, with two being selected to further develop and stage their works in a fully funded theatrical season in the following year. Learn more here.


From innovation in the studio to choreography on the stage, savvy marketers to ground breaking biomechanics. Dance Architect celebrates the very best our industry has and brings them all to one place to learn, grow and inspire us all. 

MERYL TANKARD (Keynote speaker)

Meryl’s global career as a director / writer / choreographer has seen her bold and innovative works staged in Europe, UK, USA, Asia and Australia. Her work ranges widely from co-productions with the Sydney Opera House, a full-length ballet Wild Swans for The Australian Ballet, to Disney on Broadway and Andrew Lloyd Webber on the West End. Meryl created the opening section Deep Sea Dreaming for the Sydney Olympics Games Ceremony 2000 and has been commissioned by some of the world’s most dynamic companies including Lyon Ballet, Gothenburg Ballet and Netherlands Dance Theatre.  

Beginning her career as a dancer with the Australian Ballet, Meryl went on to become one of Pina Bausch's principal soloists with the ground-breaking Wuppertaler Tanztheatre.  

In 1989 she founded her own dance company in Canberra, synthesising a range of influences and styles to create her own unique dance theatre style.  

As Artistic Director of Adelaide-based Australian Dance Theatre (1993-1999) Meryl transformed the company into a leading International company with her diverse range of full-length works including Furioso, Possessed, Aurora, Rasa, Inuk, Songs with Mara.  

In 2010 Meryl graduated from AFTRS where she made two short films Mad and Moth. Her documentary Michelle's Story, commissioned by ABC TV and 2015 Adelaide Film Festival, won the Audience Award for Best Short Film and Screen SA awards for best short film, best documentary and best soundtrack.  

Meryl’s acclaimed work, Furioso, will be restaged by the Royal Ballet of Flanders at the invitation of director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in December this year.  

Meryl is currently developing various film projects and working with Natalia Osipova on a stage production.  

KELLEY ABBEY Choreographer / Director 

DANIEL JABER Australian Dance Theatre / Dance Moms 

AMY HOLLINGSWORTH Queensland Ballet / Sydney Dance Company 

PAUL MALEK Transit Dance / So You Think You Can Dance 

KAREN MALEK Australian Teacher of Dancing President (2007 - 2017) 

LUKE POSTLETHWAITE Biomechanics / Exercise Physiolgist  

CHRIS CURRAN Creative & Marketing Director / Transit Dance  


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Dance Architect will be an immersive and invaluable experience taking place over one week in Melbourne, the arts and culture capital of Australia. Take part in two days or the whole week, there are inspirational events, educational opportunities and performances across this exciting week in dance. 


Dance Architect Dance Education Summit runs 8am to 5pm over the two days, and provides two parallel streams of presentations and lectures. This streamed approach allows delegates to select the sessions that most suit their needs and interests.


Keynote presentations, lectures and practical classes to invigorate your practice and inspire your journey in dance. 

Sessions include;  

Keynote Address by Meryl Tankard

Fueling Your Creativity with Amy Hollingsworth

Pain Science & How it Relates to Stress with Biomechanics

Inspiring the Love of Ballet with Daniel Jaber

Nailing Narrative in Dance with Paul Malek

The Creative Process with Kelley Abbey


Innovative ideas and latest technology to help you operate like a pro and be a smarter business person.

Sessions include;  

Keynote Address by Meryl Tankard

Marketing That Gets Noticed with Chris Curran  

Building a Thriving Community with Paul Malek

Secrets of Social Media by Chris Curran  

Making GREAT Business Decisions with TBA  

The Power of Positivity with Amy Hollingsworth

PLUS Morning Yoga, Round Table with Meryl Tankard & Guests, Welcome Cocktail Function & much more!


10am to 4pm, Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th October 2018  

Limited class sizes of multi-genre workshops and lectures to inspire and nurture your individuality. Our world class teachers will help you tap into your creativity, encourage you to be brave and make the most of this extraordinary opportunity.  

You are the future.

MERYL TANKARD (PreProfessional only) Guest of Honour

PAUL MALEK Transit Dance / So You Think You Can Dance  

DANIEL JABER Australian Dance Theatre / Dance Moms 

KIM ADAM Transit Dance PA / Collaboration The Project  

JAYDEN HICKS Origins Dance Company / Opera Australia 


TEAGAN LOWE Australian Ballet / Sydney Dance Company

ROBBIE CURTIS Cirque du Soleil / Circus OZ  

DANIEL ROBERTS Sydney Dance Company / The Production Company  

JARRYD BYRNE Dancing With The Stars / Strictly Ballroom 


10am to 3pm, Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th October 2018

We know parents, we’ve been in your shoes. We know you support, encourage, advise and sometimes pick up the pieces. We would like to give you some insights into your children’s growth and their ability to create with this series of educational seminars and workshops.

Sessions over the two days include;  

The Importance of a Healthy Body & Mind with Biomechanics

Age Appropriate Training with Karen Malek  

Social Media for Parents with Chris Curran  

Is a Career in Dance Realistic? with Daniel Jaber & Kim Adam  

PLUS Morning Yoga, and access to the Parents Pamper Lounge


Transit Dance Studios  

64 Dawson Street  

Brunswick, VIC 55401

Ph: (03) 9376 0516

Our inaugural summit will be held at the brand new Transit Dance facilities in metro Melbourne.

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Dance Architect is very grateful for the wonderful support from all our sponsors and vendors.

Dance Architect is proudly presented by 

Transit Dance Initiative Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to advance, promote and support dance and the performing arts sector.  

Providing platforms such as Dance Architect, Origins Dance Company, UNDRGRND Melbourne and a number of opportunities in development. It is the vision of the Transit Dance Initiative to be a champion for personal and professional artistic growth in dance accross Australia and beyond.