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Providing answers and professional development with a healthy dose of ‘Vitality’ at Energetiks VDF

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Vitality Dance Teacher Conference by VDF. Photo by Deb Cantoni

This year’s Vitality Dance Teacher Conference from Energetiks VDF is really homing in on the important subjects for dance educators and studio owners. We take a dive into their schedule for the event this coming Friday 12 April in Melbourne to find out what’s on offer to educate, illuminate and inspire…

How do I make lemonade?

Star of stage and screen Lucy Durack has had a glittering career to date and is still charming audiences as one of Australia’s most well-known leading ladies. Vitality will chat to Lucy about her career, the secrets to her success, and how she became the proud co-founder and co-director of evidence-based health and wellness tech company and CSIRO tested app Hey Lemonade, an app that acts as a circuit breaker for everyday stress to activate people’s optimism when dealing with life’s lemons.

Shopping at Vitality Dance Teacher Conference
Shopping and networking at Vitality Dance Teacher Conference. Photo by Deb Cantoni.

How do I make the most of choreographing with my students?

There are few more recognised for their choreographic talent and collaborative approach than Australia’s own Natalie Weir (who we spoke to earlier this year). Vitality will sit down to chat with this prolific and in demand choreographer before getting a chance to see her at work choreographing live in the studio. Weir is known for her works of great intricacy and complexity that entrance the audience and enrich the artistry of the dancers she works with. Here’s your chance to examine how she get the most out of a dancer in the studio.

How do I find my path?

As a young dancer, Emma Watkins dreamed of a professional ballet career. When injury put paid to that dream, she found a surprising new purpose and direction as a children’s entertainer, ultimately carving a unique niche in the market specialising in visual communication and sign language alongside singing and dancing. Vitality will talk to Watkins directly about her career path and the creation of her new alter ego, Emma Memma.

How do teaching and holistic education come together?

Director of The Australian Ballet School Lisa Pavane is stepping down this year after almost a decade in the role and a 46-year relationship with the school. (Read all about Lisa Pavane’s illustrious career in her recent Dance Informa interview here.) At Vitality, Pavane will talk about her role championing champions holistic well-being and developing a team whose skills ensure that the emotional, mental and physical health of students is nurtured just as much as their technical ability. 

How do I help my students studying VCE Dance?

In an extremely rare and exciting opportunity, Vitality is giving educators who are teaching VCE Dance an incredible insight into the creative mind and process behind VCE Prescribed Work Rubikis Fugue. Meet the choreographer of the work Benjamin Curé and take part in a practical workshop as he deconstructs the piece in the studio. Read more about Curé’s Lion Heart for dance in our recent article here.

Which syllabus is best for my studio?

For the first time ever, Vitality is bringing together leading international dance syllabus organisations and program providers to help teachers and studio owners find out more about the options for their students. With everything from pre-school offerings from babyballetTM , homegrown Ready Set Dance and international newcomers Rambert Grades; all the way through the trusted staples from Cecchetti, ComDance, Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Vitality shines on spotlight on what’s on offer and what is unique or special about each of these options.

How can I drill down on my business and emulate the success of industry leaders?

Often so busy in the studio, we forget to focus on the business of dance which is why Vitality Dance Teacher Conference is giving studio owners the opportunity to explore the insights and experience of some of Australia’s most respected business mentors and coaches in their Business Bootcamp session. Each with their own areas of expertise and brimming with ideas and tips, Vitality goes round table with the best minds in the business and gives attendees a chance to pose their own questions direct.

VDF Director Deborah Searle speaking at Vitality Dance Teacher Conference. Photo by Deb Cantoni.

How can I increase strength and flexibility?

Practical advice and tips for increasing strength and flexibility in our students comes from renowned dance physio Sally Harrison, who delves into the science of anatomy and myofascial trains to ensure we’re dancing safely and optimally. The founder of Band-ITS & Strength4Dance, a business dedicated to injury prevention and creating a strong body for a lifetime of dance will be on hand all weekend to offer her expertise to dancers and educators alike.

How do I teach my students to partner successfully?

No one knows how best to partner in dance more than Jarryd Byrne. As a Dancing with the Stars Champion, winning with actress and comedian Celia Pacquola, Byrne has a wealth of tips for partnering cohesion. Strap on your dance shoes and explore different holds, combinations, choreography and more in this fun filled practical opportunity to move and be moved!

How do I make my studio more inclusive?

With increasing behavioural challenges and sensory needs of students, teachers need to be able to assess and make necessary accommodations to provide an optimal learning environment. Tricia Gomez (broadcasting live from her home in the US) will help teachers gain an understanding of behavior and highlight common sensory challenges often encountered in class.

How do I capitalise on the hype surrounding breakdancing being an Olympic Sport for the first time in July 2024?

We’re pumped to hear breaking is going to be included in this year’s Olympics in Paris in July. Vitality will be hearing from AUSBreaking’s Lowe Napalan and Dr Rachael Gunn AKA ‘Raygun’ one of Australia’s Olympic breaking athletes, about how you can make the most of the excitement surrounding the Olympic debut and bring breakdance to your dance studio as an additional revenue stream.

Find out more about this chock full program and book today for Vitality Teacher Conference taking place on Friday 12 April at Energetiks VDF24 at

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