Serious about dance? Your future starts here.

Transit Origins provides creative training programs in Contemporary, Ballet and Performing Arts for students interested in a career in dance. 

Youth Programs for those serious about dance.

Transit Origins programs are specifically designed to provide young dance artists with the tools, training and tenacity required for a sustainable career in the arts. 

Boasting three main programs; Origins Extension Pathway, Origins Dance Company & NEW Transit Origins Academy; Transit Origins sits at the forefront of Youth Dance Eduction in Australia.

Transit Origins Academy

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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Origins Extension Pathway

Origins Extension Pathway offers weekly extension programs for students 8 - 18 years old in Contemporary Dance, Classical Ballet and Performing Arts.

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Origins Dance Company

Origins Dance Company is a performance based ensemble that develops young dancers creation, rehearsal and production skills in a professional context. 

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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. 

“It’s wonderful to watch my daughter's passion grow, her willingness to learn and improve her skill, the interaction between the dance teacher/student and to watch her forming new friendships in such a positive environment- Leanne Mcnab (Parent)

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

The Directors Behind Transit Origins

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.

Paul Malek

Artistic Director, Transit Dance

Paul Malek has a reputation as Australia’s best storyteller through movement. Working for many commercial networks and artists spanning 15 years, Paul is now committed to innovation in Contemporary dance with his vision and dream that has become one of Australia’s biggest dance education institutes, Transit Dance.  

Actively engaged in the Australian dance community, Malek is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the Australian Teachers of Dancing International, is the former Artistic Director of The Victorian Dance Festival, and an active board member of Transit Dance Initiative. 

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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