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Come Together Dance Convention 2019

July 6 - July 7

Come Together Dance Convention

6-7 July 2019

Developpe’ the Possibilities

THE EVENT

Come Together Dance Convention provides dance teachers, studio owners and students with opportunities and tools to grow and learn from national and international leaders and guest speakers in dance teacher education. Delegates will attend dynamic, informative, personal and practical education sessions in a nurturing and positive environment.

With the theme Developpe the Possibilities, this inspiring, informative and FUN dance event will leave participants feeling passionate, confident and inspired to take their dance to greater heights!

Date: 6 and 7 July 2019

Venue: This year, we will be in Brisbane at the fabulous Rydges Hotel at South Bank, Brisbane. 

Time: Registrations will commence at 7:00 am both days

Book now and join us in making this event bigger and better in 2019.

 

 


SPEAKER AND WORKSHOP PRESENTER PROGRAMME

Guest Presenters, Teachers and Dance Instructors

KATE MEADE – MC

Kate Meade is passionate about dance and the Australian dance industry and will once again join Come Together Dance Convention as the MC and will also be one of our guest speakers!

She is the Founder and Director of the Victorian Dance Festival, breakfast host of the Networked programme, the Morning Rush with ACE Radio Network, mother and wife.

Kate has worked as project manager for The Australian Teachers of Dancing, the Victorian Regional Development Officer for AusDance Victoria and has owned her own dance studio – Kate’s Dance House, in South West Victoria for eight years.  She teaches dance with the All Abilities Dance Group Let’s Dance which she founded over 10 years ago. Let’s Dance provides an opportunity for people with disabilities the opportunities to learn and perform.

Kate has a Masters in Media and Communications and certificates in project management, strategic management and marketing.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – TRICIA GOMEZ

We are excited to announce that our international keynote speaker for Come Together Dance Convention 2019 is Tricia Gomez, Global Director of Rhythm Works Integrative Dance and creator of the popular Hip Hop In a Box.

Rhythm Works Integrative Dance is a clinical hip hop dance programme for children with special needs, including autism, Down Syndrome, sensory processing disorders, and other individual learning differences. Tricia is blazing a new path of opportunity for these students by educating dance teachers on all aspects of becoming an inclusive studio. The focus of Tricia and her team is to certify dance teachers, special education teachers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, and others and provide them with the tools necessary to implement a purposeful and impactful dance programme.

Her unwavering dedication to education and unique teaching methods have seen her appear on the Dr. Phil Show as their dance expert, and the USA TV show Dance Revolution as the lead judge.  Tricia’s choreography credits include: Saved By the Bell, the Laker Girls, The Clipper’s Spirit Dance Team and ABC’s Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade as the head choreographer for Dance the Magic! She is now a consultant for the Disney Performing Arts Programme where she has the honour of working with dancers from around the world.

Tricia is considered a pioneer in the pre-school and elementary hip hop field, often daring to go where others thought impossible. Her philosophy on teaching children hip hop has made her the subject of countless articles in dance and fitness magazines across the US and Canada.

At Come Together Dance Convention, Tricia will be speaking on two topics.

Topic 1: Kids That Make You Go Hmmmmmm

We all have kids in class who seem to have undisclosed or undiagnosed challenges and your best tried and true strategies just aren’t working. We also know that being a dance teacher goes well beyond teaching technique and choreography.

During this session we will learn how factors such as executive function (our ability to organise tasks, focus, control our emotions, react appropriately or remember choreography) could explain why a student is struggling in certain areas.  You will walk away with answered questions and a set of tools that you will be able to immediately implement into class to support a variety of students.

Topic 2: The Art of Performing

 What does it mean to perform? During this inspiring and energetic class, we will break down the idea of “performing” into smaller pieces and build a magical performance experience that is fit for Disneyland!

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOP in partnership with ATOD and Come Together Dance Convention – THE RHYTHM WORKS INTEGRATIVE DANCE INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION!

The Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Instructor Certification workshop is coming to Australia and you won’t want to miss it! Rhythm Works Integrative Dance is a ground breaking programme that uses rhythm and dance to benefit development.

Highlights include: working with challenging behaviours, understanding physical and cognitive disabilities, creating a sensory friendly learning environment, using rhythm and dance to re-wire the brain, creating developmentally appropriate choreography, using dance as a modality to assist in achieving therapeutic goals and so much more!

If you would like to receive a SPECTACULAR discount to this workshop, then register for the Come Together Dance Convention.  Your investment for this workshop will be $450 USD for individuals or $350 USD for groups of two or more from the same facility. That’s a saving of between $219-$319 USD!

Your discount coupon will be available once you register for the Come Together Dance Convention.

 “When I started working with students who had special needs, I thought I had everything I needed,’ said Tricia.  “A big heart and a desire to make a difference.”

“However, in reality, I felt afraid, inadequate and believed I lacked the ability to be truly effective. Everything changed when I started educating myself and putting that knowledge to use in my work.”

If you work with students who have physical, intellectual or social disabilities, are struggling with difficult behaviour or you are feeling burnt out and looking for something more fulfilling, then this course is for you!

“I’m thrilled to be able to transfer that knowledge to you during the Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Instructor Certification! I have no doubt you’ll leave the training with the tools and confidence to work more effectively with ALL of your students and clients,” Tricia said.

Due to space restrictions, we only have 30 spaces available at each location, so please book your place with no delay!

The workshop will be held on:

  • 4 July – Transit Dance, Melbourne
  • 8 July – Silhouette Dance and Cheer Waterford (near Brisbane) (straight after Come Together Dance Convention)

Hybrid courses consist of nine hours of online learning prior to the one-day in-person workshop!

Register here for the workshop and receive your discount to CTDC

Go beyond what you know and discover points of view you’ve never imagined!

Come to learn about teaching students with differential needs. Leave a better teacher for ALL of your students.

 

 

JANE GRECH – Guest Presenter

Guided by her passion for dance education, Jane Grech is a writer, speaker and sought after thought leader. Jane embraces opportunities to educate, encourage and empower students, teachers and studio owners to lead significant and fulfilling lives. A passionate campaigner for cultivating a joy filled life, Jane runs her company ‘JG Creative’ with her husband, Brian. Together they have three children, Alana, Caitlin and Liam.

Jane’s topic is “The Many Hats of Leading a Dance Studio”.

It’s no secret that dance teachers and studio owners love a good costume change, however constantly switching hats can be nothing short of exhausting.

With so many moving parts to consider, Jane will explore three essential ‘hats’ for positive and effective studio leadership – leading self, leading others and leading the business.

 

PAUL MALEK – Guest Presenter

Paul Malek is the Artistic Director of Australian Arts Organisation, Transit Dance which harbours a plethora of contemporary dance and performing arts platforms such as Transit Dance Company, Youth Component Origins Dance Company, Post-Graduate and Vocational level courses in Contemporary Dance and the Performing Arts, Youth training pathways such as Transit Origins Academy (a high school alternative for aspiring performing artists), Transit Origins Foundation and Extension programs for Contemporary Dance, Classical Ballet and the Performing Arts and a plethora of events and productions throughout a calendar year.


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. He is also a much loved MC, hosting a plethora of events such as but not limited to, The Victorian Dance Convention, Come Together Dance Convention, Underground, Dance Chat Live, and Immersed Dance Industry Night.

An inspirational speaker and motivator, Paul has spoken at many dance festivals and conventions, and also hosts empowering workshops at various companies, dance schools, high schools and primary schools across Australia.

A strong passion for education and sustainability in the arts, Paul Malek is dedicated to providing the necessary ground work for a sustainable and prosperous future for the Arts Landscape of Australia.

 

MARK PACE – Guest Presenter and Dance Instructor

Mark Pace has over 30 years of dancing, teaching and guesting experience in various international ballet companies, school settings and has spoken at various conferences.

He is a professional dancer and dance academic, currently teaching with the University of Edinburgh (UoE) as a Teaching Fellow on the programme MSc in Dance Science and Education. He is currently in his second year as a PhD student with the UoE and holds a Masters in Dance Science and Education with Distinction (UoE), a BA (Hons) in Dance Education (University of Surrey), the State Dance Diploma (DE) and Certificate of Aptitude (CA) from France and a Diploma for Dance Teaching and Management (ATOD).

Originally from Australia, Mark began as a student with Julie Ryan, later studying under Gailene Stock and Gary Norman. At the age of 16, he was accepted into the Australian Ballet School where after only one year joined the Australian Ballet under the direction of Maina Gielgud where he reached the rank of soloist by the age of 21. Later awarded a grant to study at The Paris Opera School, Mark performed internationally with the Australian Ballet (Melbourne) later joining Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Bayerisches Staatsballett, and finishing his career with the Ballet de l’Opéra national du Rhin.

Other dance projects include international guesting, coaching, creating and assisting choreographers with ballet companies such as the Paris Opera, Shanghai Ballet, Central Ballet of China, National Ballet of Vietnam, among others.

As a pedagogue, Mark’s work includes many educational roles, teaching dance in vocational and non-vocational school settings and higher education. He has also taught primary and secondary schools students in France and Australia creative movement and choreography by developing a practice that employs links to the industry and brings the importance of theory into practice.

Mark is currently one of the leading advisers revising the classical ballet syllabus for the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) and has sat on various juries for dance including Diplome d’Etat and EAT in France. He has also been a member of various funding commissions including the Commission Interregional for Dance and the Ballet de l’Opéra National du Rhin.

Mark will be speaking around the subject of Talent Development: How to develop it in the studio.

Photo credit: J.L Tanghe

 

SALLY HARRISON – Guest Presenter

Sally is the senior Physiotherapist for dancers at Perfectformphysiotherapy in Sydney. She is also the creator of Strength4dance; a strength training and education platform for the dance community.

Following a sudden retirement from her professional dance career due to knee surgery, Sally commenced her journey in physiotherapy and exercise rehabilitation in 2002. It was at this time that she qualified in Pilates and personal training and realised the immense benefits from this form of exercise training.

Sally combines her continuing love of functional exercise rehabilitation, fitness and physiotherapy knowledge to provide innovative and results driven sessions both in clinic and in her workshops.   She is also an ongoing contributor for Dance Life magazine and presents at many of the full time dance schools in Sydney with her workshop ‘Your Body, Your Tool, Your Career’.

Sally is very passionate about educating the dance community on safe dance practices and injury prevention and on how to create a strong and flexible body for a lifetime of dance.

She launched her YouTube channel strength4dance  in 2018 which  has everything the dancer needs to improve flexibility safely, strengthen and train the body. Her mission is to see safe and effective strength training programmes available to all dancers of all genres both in the studio and at home.

 

MARK WILSON – Guest Presenter

Mark Wilson commenced his career as a professional Australian Ballroom and Latin dancer and has been crowned Australian Dancesport Champion on five occasions – four times in New Vogue and once in Modern.

He has competed throughout the UK, Europe and Japan and has twice came fifteenth in the World Dancesport Championship finals – in Blackpool and Tokyo.

Mark has also appeared in the popular ABC TV show That’s Dancin’, winning the professional series.

In the DanceSport world, Mark is well-respected as a senior teacher and coach to competitive dancers, a developer and organiser of school programmes in Victoria for over 15 years, dancing instructor and MC for social dancers;, dancing trainer for ACHPA Victoria and accredited adjudicator and commentator.

He is frequently recognised for being a judge on Channel 7’s reality TV show “Dancing with the Stars”.

His career has spanned a wide variety of entertainment experiences including TV and radio appearances, presenter at major public events, Master of Ceremonies and as a public and motivational speaker.

Mark will be speaking on the topic of Asking the Powerful Questions to bring Pupils to a Boundary to Change.
Our boundaries are where our change comes from and is where the tentacles of the past hold on to us. Some teachers are reticent to go there – to that place where you know the pupil may not go past. Asking the questions to allow the pupil to move ahead is scary for teacher and pupil. Let’s start by asking – What am I scared to do in front of others?

 


TIM BUCKLEY – 
Guest Presenter

Tim Buckley is a dance and acrobatic physiotherapist from Melbourne, Australia.  He has worked exclusively with elite ballet dancers, circus artists and orchestral musicians during his 13 year career and has spoken twice at IADMS conferences in Australia and the USA.

Tim was one of two full time physios with The Australian Ballet from 2006 – 2008 and toured Australia, China, England and France. He joined Cirque du Soleil in 2009 and toured Japan, South America and North America with ‘Corteo’ and ‘Quidam’, before settling in Montréal to work at Cirque’s international headquarters as the Supervisor of Performance Medicine. Tim then toured again as the Head Physiotherapist on Cirque du Soleil’s production, ‘Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities’ in 2014-15.

Now based in Montreal, Canada, Tim splits his time as a fly-in Head Physiotherapist on Cirque du Soleil’s global touring shows and headquarters, and as the Australia / New Zealand Division Manager of acrobatic syllabus powerhouse, Acrobatic Arts.

Tim also co-founded the first North American dance competition to offer an Aerial Acrobatics category, Move With The Beat.

Tim will be speaking around the topic of Bridge Safety in Dance.

Tim, will explore the ‘bridge’; a commonly used foundational skill in acrobatics, gymnastics and dance. Bridge bio-mechanics, strength, flexibility and technique progressions aimed at dancer safety will be discussed.

 

NEALE WHITTAKER– Guest Presenter

Neale, as a young dancer, was trained in all styles of dance, from Contemporary to Classical Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap and Jazz. His extensive knowledge and experience covers many styles and genres of dance, and he has a great love of Musical Theatre.

While completing his full-time dance training at Ev and Bow in 2008, Neale began to develop his own unique brand of movement, fusing Contemporary and Hip-Hop, two styles he enjoys performing. This unique style led him to the top 40 competitors of the hit TV show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ in 2010, a programme for which he had been assisting Sarah Boulter with since 2008.

His TV credits continued when he was cast in the ABC3 TV series Dance Academy and again in Australia’s Got Talent as a semi-finalist in 2012 and 2016.

In 2011 Neale toured throughout Australia with contemporary a based show ‘Shorter and Sweeter Dance’ gaining performance experience and insight from noted Australian choreographers such as Travers Ross, who Neale collaborated with later in 2012 for the ARIAs, co-choreographing and dancing in a routine for artist ‘360’.

In 2014 and returning on scholarship in 2015 Neale attended Urban Dance Camp in Germany with the most prestigious choreographers in the world. He then taught a series of Hip-Hop and Contemporary open classes in Europe.

Neale’s talent for Hip-Hop led him to become Co-Director and Manager of  ‘Phly Crew’, Sydney’s leading comedy Hip-Hop group, performing independently produced variety stage shows and corporate events for companies including Nikon, Telstra, Blackberry, Beyond Blue and Westmead Children’s Hospital.

Neale will be speaking around the topic of Teaching Boys.

 

AMY LEHPAMER – Guest Presenter

Amy Lehpamer is currently playing Principal, Rosalie Mullins in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock, commencing at QPAC on 12 July.

With numerous award nominations and a Best Actress award already under her belt, Amy has enjoyed enormous success across the industry.

She has played in a diverse range of leading roles, recently appearing in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical playing songwriter Cynthia Weil. She has also appeared as:  Dusty Springfield in Dusty (The Production Company), for which she received a Helpmann Award nomination: Best Actress in a Musical; Maria in The Sound of Music (Gordon Frost Organisation), Sydney Theatre Award winner; Best Leading Actress in a Musical, and also a Helpmann Award nomination; Best Actress in a Musical; Tracy Lord in High Society (Hayes Theatre Company); Janet in the encore seasons of The Rocky Horror Show (Gordon Frost Organisation), Reza in Once (Gordon Frost Organisation)Helpmann Award nomination: Best Supporting Actress in a Musical;  Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sydney Theatre award nomination: Best Actress in a Musical; Sherrie in Rock of Ages (Helpmann and Green Room nominations), Margaret in Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert.  Amy was part of the original cast of Shane Warne – the Musical.  

Amy’s TV credits include: UtopiaMollyThe Time of Our LivesWinners and Losers, House Husbands, and HBO mini-series The Pacific. Amy featured in Vis-à-Vis, winner Best Short Film 2014 British Independent Film Festival. She is co-creator and star of the musical comedy web series Donnatelegrams (ABC/Screen Australia).

Amy will be speaking around the topic of the audition process and breaking into the industry.

 

DANIELLE LENNON – Guest Presenter

Danielle Lennon is the CEO of Lennon Circus and Entertainment Pty Ltd and also The Studio of Performing Arts – Springfield. As a Mum of four (now adults), she has a staff of 12 and a studio of over 300 students.

The Studio – Springfield operates seven days a week, for 50 weeks a year and is the only dance school in Australia which is a registered provider of Outside School Hours Care through the Australian government. With over 25 years dance teaching experience, over 12 years working as a school teacher and five years running an OSHC service, Danielle has a passion for education.  She can still be found on the floor of Studio 1, inspiring her students’ love of classical ballet and jazz at least four nights a week.

Danielle holds a Bachelor of Arts (Literature), Diploma of Education (secondary education), Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management, Certificate IV Training and Assessment and is an affiliate teacher with ATOD.

Danielle will speak on the topic of How to Protect Yourself and Your Business in the Dance Education Industry. In a non-regulated industry, how do we protect ourselves and our business for the benefit of our clients, in moments of conflict (and still love what we do?!) Whether you are the sole trader or have a large staff, you will walk away with the following “take home” messages – How to identify, manage and resolve conflict in your studio, the five essential resources you need to apply today to protect yourself and your studio.

 

STACEY MORGAN – Guest Presenter

Stacey Morgan is a passionate dance educator and the Principal of Port Macquarie Performing Arts. Prior to opening PMPA, Stacey was teaching for the Royal New Zealand Ballet assuming the role of Education Manager, facilitating a nation wide education programme for dance. Prior to this, Stacey danced professionally overseas and in Australian productions of musicals including Grease, Gypsy and 42nd Street. In 2004 she graduated university with a Bachelor of Creative Industries in Dance and a Bachelor of Education in Drama from the Queensland University of Technology and since then has gone on to study her Masters in Arts Education through Deakin University majoring in Dance teaching. Her studio, Port Macquarie Performing Arts has a strong studio culture based on their mission of empowering the next generation of young people to be active leaders and contributors to their community. Stacey is proud mum to Lucinda (6), Patrick (3) and Henry (1). In her ‘spare time’, Stacey is the Director of Morgan Media, a network that produces podcasts such as Ask a Dancer, Miss Bossy Boots and the DanceLife Podcast which she co-hosts with Rhee Gold.

PRESENTATION: Look at me! Look at me!

Tired of watching as yet another studio opens up around the corner from you. Want to stand out? Looking for a little WOW factor for your customers? Let’s talk about 10 things you can do today and 10 things you can do in the next 12 months to help your studio stand out from the crowd.

 

GUEST PRESENTER PROGRAMME

Saturday 6th July 2019

8.30 am – 9.00 am Welcome Kate Meade
9.00 am – 10.30 am Kids that Make You Go Hmmmmmmm? Tricia Gomez
10.30 am – 10.45 am Morning Tea
10.45 am – 11.30 am Bridge Safety in Dance Tim Buckley
11.30 am – 12.00 pm Meet the Exhibitors
12.00 pm – 1.00 pm Lunch
1.00 pm – 1.45 pm The Role of a Strength Training Programme for the Dancer – Why, What and How Sally Harrison
1.50 pm – 2.50 pm A Successful Business Starts with You Paul Malek
2.50 pm – 3.15 pm Afternoon Tea and Networking
3.15 pm – 4.00 pm The Panel - Ask the Experts Kate Meade and Guest Presenters
4.00 pm – 5.15 pm Hip Hop Practical Teacher Workshop Neale Whittaker
OR
Ballet Practical Teacher and Student Workshop Mark Pace

 

Sunday 7th July 2019

8.30 am – 8.45 am Welcome Kate Meade
8.45 am – 9.15 am The Audition Process – How to Break into the Industry Amy Lehpamer
9.15 am – 10.15 am The Art of Performing Tricia Gomez
10.15 am – 10.30 am Morning Tea
10.30 am – 11.15 pm Talent Development – How to Develop it in the Studio Mark Pace
11.20 am – 12.05pm Teaching Boys Neale Whittaker
12.10 pm – 12.55 pm Look at Me! Look at Me! Stacey Morgan
12.55 pm – 1.40 pm Lunch
1.40 pm – 2.25 pm Asking the Powerful Questions to bring Pupils to a Boundary to Change Mark Wilson
2.30 pm – 3.15pm How to Protect Yourself and Your Business in the Dance Education Industry Danielle Lennon
3.20 pm – 4.05 pm The Many Hats of Leading a Dance Studio Jane Grech
4.05 pm – 4.30 pm Afternoon Tea, Networking and Close

 

Book now and join us in making this event bigger and better in 2019.


DANCE ARENA STUDENT WORKSHOPS

Promoting a common love of dance, Come Together Dance Convention brings the best choreographers and dancers to students from Primary and Secondary Schools during our Dance Arena workshop programme.  

Students will experience a variety of genres as they benefit from the extensive experience of new guest artists and returning favourites. They will learn and dance in a fun and supportive environment whilst enjoying a range of inspiring and professional dance workshops across the weekend.

These workshop classes are designed for dancers of ALL ages and levels and feature a variety of styles including Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Commercial, Musical Theatre / Jazz, Lyrical and more!

 

MEGA JAM – Dance Instructors

Hip Hop, Commercial Street Dancing, You Tube Sensations

Jasmine Meakin and Luis Pinto (Mega Jam) from Brisbane have been performing, choreographing and teaching workshops all over the world thanks to the success of their YouTube channel and their 75,000 followers on Instagram and 500,000 on Facebook.

With Jasmine’s dance choreography videos racking up 450 million video views and 1.4 million subscribers globally, they have done three European tours and filmed videos for their channel all over the world. With classes in Hip Hop dance and other styles of commercial street dancing, students will learn in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

 

 

 

NEALE WHITTAKER – Dance Instructor

Neale, as a young dancer, was trained in all styles of dance, from Contemporary to Classical Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap and Jazz. His extensive knowledge and experience covers many styles and genres of dance, and he has a great love of Musical Theatre.

While completing his full-time dance training at Ev and Bow in 2008, Neale began to develop his own unique brand of movement, fusing Contemporary and Hip-Hop, two styles he enjoys performing. This unique style led him to the top 40 competitors of the hit TV show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ in 2010, a programme for which he had been assisting Sarah Boulter with since 2008.

His TV credits continued when he was cast in the ABC3 TV series Dance Academy and again in Australia’s Got Talent as a semi-finalist in 2012 and 2016.

In 2011 Neale toured throughout Australia with contemporary a based show ‘Shorter and Sweeter Dance’ gaining performance experience and insight from noted Australian choreographers such as Travers Ross, who Neale collaborated with later in 2012 for the ARIAs, co-choreographing and dancing in a routine for artist ‘360’.

In 2014 and returning on scholarship in 2015 Neale attended Urban Dance Camp in Germany with the most prestigious choreographers in the world. He then taught a series of Hip-Hop and Contemporary open classes in Europe.

Neale’s talent for Hip-Hop led him to become Co-Director and Manager of  ‘Phly Crew’, Sydney’s leading comedy Hip-Hop group, performing independently produced variety stage shows and corporate events for companies including Nikon, Telstra, Blackberry, Beyond Blue and Westmead Children’s Hospital.

 

JESSICA MCLAUGHLIN – Dance Instructor

Jessica started dancing at the age of 3 and danced under the training of Shelley Tookey at Shelley’s Dance Company in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre and highland and competed all over North America in these dance styles. She examined in RAD ballet, Brian Foley Jazz and Al Gilbert Tap exams as well as the Canadian Highland Dance Association exams and Arthur Murray International exams for her Ballroom and Latin dance training.

She represented Canada at the Suzutan Cup in Japan for drill and dance team events and was a dance team leader on the Edmonton Eskimos Cheer Team. Her cheer coaching was under the guidance of Dianne Greenough which led her to coach a top performing high school Pom/Dance team as well as helping to create the Junior Edmonton Eskimo Dance Program. She managed and taught at the Edmonton and Sydney Arthur Murray dance studios for over 14 years and she was the assistant director of the Australasian division of Arthur Murray International running dance competitions and events in Australia.

Jessica has always loved teaching. It is her passion and she cares deeply for her students’ wellbeing and safety in all facets of dance and AcroDance training. She now runs and manages her own dance studio, Terpsichore Dance Company, on the North Shore of Sydney. Jessica’s involvement in a myriad of dance competitions and conventions over the last 35+ years meant she has worked with, and learned a great deal from many industry professionals.

She gained a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management, a Diploma of Management and is a certified Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Instructor. She is also a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor, course conductor and examiner, a level 1 certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor, a certified Glenn Wood Tap teacher and a member of the Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD). Her studio was one of the first in Australia to be certified by Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (Y.P.A.D.) and she is a certified YPAD instructor herself. She is always keen to expand her dance and AcroDance knowledge as much as possible and strives to always be up to date with current teachings in the industry.

She is extremely proud to be a part of the Acrobatic Arts team and has the highest regards for its system of training. She is excited to be teaching for Acrobatic Arts and is looking forward to passing on her knowledge to others.

 

KIM ADAM – Dance Instructor

Kim Adam has established herself as one of Australia’s foremost dance choreographers, mentors and teachers. With an extensive portfolio of work that extends globally, Kim is always pushing the boundaries of the dance discipline and innovating in every performance, masterclass or workshop she is a part of.

Kim’s unique ability as a storyteller has seen her work extensively throughout Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Domestically, Kim’s work as a choreographer and performer has been highlighted by her work as a founding partner of “Collaboration the Project” in association with Paul Malek. “Collaboration the Project” is a company that inspires and allows dancers a chance to explore various avenues of contemporary dance and choreography.  Since opening Collaboration they have produced numerous award-winning productions with their 2013 production “Yours Truly” winning the Victorian Dance Award for ‘best independent dance production’. The dedication and love installed into “Collaboration” has grown in recognition within the professional industry. In October 2012 Kim choreographed and directed her first show “4 LETTERS” at Theatreworks.

Kim’s innate ability as a communicator sees her inspiring the next generation of Australian dancers on a daily basis. Working with Australia’s elite performing arts schools and programmes, Kim is regularly invited to teach guest workshops throughout Australia and to adjudicate eisteddfods.

Kim Adam’s ongoing professional performing credits span 15 years in the areas of film, television, music theatre and corporate performances.

These include – “Fire and Ice” Gasworks,‘Underground Events’ ‘Golf Air Airlines’ ‘Wog Boy the Movie’ (Film Victoria) ‘Bad Eggs ‘(Film Victoria). Dance credits include Michael Ralphs “Now and Then”, Crown Casino “Shared Tables”, and Disney Live shows, The Footy Show Players Review and Countdown The Arena Spectacular.

 

DAVID WILLIAMS– Dance Instructor

With over ten years experience in the dance industry as a dancer, teacher and mentor, David Williams has toured and performed internationally; working with esteemed choreographers and directors such as Rafael Bonachela, Natalie Weir, Amy Hollingsworth andCameron McMillan, and performing with critically acclaimed companies including Sydney Dance Company, Black Grace Dance Company and Expression Dance Company.

 

After honing his skills as a principle artist and experiencing the very best of the professional dance world, David turned his expertise and passion to a new field, starting his own business Mino Dance. A dancewear store selling high quality dancerwear. This role has been incredibly fulfilling for David, allowing him to further support and connect with the Australian and international dance community.

 

JW MURRAY – Dance Instructor

Teacher, Choreographer, Tap, Hip Hop, Live Entertainer, Founder – Sydney Tap Dance Festival

JW Murray is passionate about the growth of Tap Dance in general and has had the privilege of learning from some of the industry’s BEST teachers and choreographers. After teaching, choreographing and coaching over 50 studios specialising in Tap and Hip Hop and hosting workshops across Australia, JW has progressed his live entertainment company, Clique Entertainment.

Born in Sydney, JW grew up learning many styles of dance which has led him to some great experiences and opportunities performing at numerous corporate functions and club shows across New South Wales. When he isn’t in the studio, he works on his many other companies such as Performance Platforms– a stage and prop company, and Rhythm Division, a select young men’s Tap crew.

JW loves to travel and connect with people around the world and has recently travelled to Los Angeles where he had the opportunity to teach at Edge Performing Arts Centre. He is set to travel to Brazil in the near future to teach and share his passion for performing arts.

JW is also the Director/ Owner of Sydney Tap Dance Festival, which he founded in 2016 with the inaugural festival held in 2017. The annual festival consists of a Tap Dance competition, routine classes, open classes, panel discussions, jams, a concert and more.

 

PEP RIGANO – Dance Instructor

Pep has been dancing since the age of 9 and trained in Hip Hop, Urban, Jazz Funk and Commercial Dance. His persistence has seen him through National titles in competitions such as F.I.S.A.F, School Aerobics and Battlegrounds Australia. Pep, along with his team, were invited to compete in the World Hip Hop titles in Los Angeles in 2005. At the age of 18, he received a scholarship from Andre Fuentes (Britney Spears’ Choreographer – Circus Tour 2009), to travel to America and work closely with the world’s best international choreographers such as Tony Czar, Kevin Maher, Kyle Hanagami, Andye J and Brian Puspos just to name a few. He has since worked with artists such as Katie Underwood, Guy Sebastian, Hugh Sheridan, Samantha Jade, Jessica Mauboy and more. Pep has a love for inspiring young dancers and performers to follow their dreams and cannot wait to share dance with Come Together.

 

KIRSTEN KING – Dance Instructor

Kirsten’s most recent work was as Resident Dance Supervisor on
the Australian Premiere of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Prior to this, Kirsten choreographed The Production Company’s Hello, Dolly! and was nominated for a Green Room Award for Excellence in Choreography. Kirsten worked on Dusty for The Production Company for which she was Assistant Choreographer, then Resident & Swing for the Adelaide season. Kirsten played the role of Hazel and was Dance Captain in the new Australian Musical, Georgy Girl. Previous to this, she was Audition Assistant to Broadway choreographer Warren Carlyle, and private coach to Hugh Jackman and Andy Lee on Hugh Jackman‘s Broadway to Oz Tour. Kirsten was Associate Choreographer for the Australian Production of Strictly Ballroom and became the Associate Choreographer for the World Premiere Of King Kong the Musical.

She became the Resident Choreographer on the Australasian Tour of Mary Poppins. Kirsten was an original cast member of the show and Dance Captain before being appointed Resident. She was Dance Captain and original cast member of the Queen musical We Will Rock You, touring Australia and Japan. Kirsten was also Assistant Choreographer & Director on The Producers, and Assistant Choreographer on West Side Story, both for The Production Company. Other credits include; understudying and performing the role of Thelma O‘Keefe in the Australian tour of Shout! The Legend Of The Wild One, and played Helene in Sweet Charity for The Production Company. Kirsten played Catchup in Pinocchio – The Greatest Little Show On Earth (Garry Ginivan). Kirsten’s debut was in Happy Days: The Arena Mega Musical (understudy Laura), followed by How To Succeed ln Business Without Really Trying, Anything Goes, The Music Man (all for The Production Company) and then The Wizard Of Oz.

 

SCHEDULE

Saturday 6th July 2019

10:45am - 11:30am Registration
All students
11:30pm - 12:30pm Mega Jam
Junior Commerical (Contemporary)
Jessica McLaughlin
Senior Acrobatics
12:30pm - 1:30pm Neale Whittaker
Junior Hip Hop
Kim Adams
Senior Lyrical
1:45pm - 2:45pm Mega Jam
Senior Commerical
Jessica McLaughlin
Junior Acrobatics
2:45pm - 3:45pm Neale Whittaker
Senior Hip Hop
Kim Adams
Junior Lyrical
3:45pm - 4:45pm Practical Teacher & Student Workshop*
Mark Pace:
Ballet

* Ballet with Mark Pace is available to any aged students. Class will be intermdiate ability and above

Sunday 7th July 2019

9:30am - 10:00am Registration
All students
10:00-am - 11:00am David Willams
Junior Contemporary
Kirsten King
Senior Musical Theatre Jazz
11:00am -12:00pm JW Murray
Junior Tap
Pep Rigano
Senior Hip Hop
12:15pm - 1:15pm David Willams
Senior Contemporary
Kirsten King
Senior Musical Theatre Jazz
1:15pm -2:15pm JW Murray
Senior Tap
Pep Rigano
Junior Hip Hop

 

Book now and join us in making this event bigger and better in 2019.


 

WHY ATTEND COME TOGETHER DANCE CONVENTION?

The Benefits for Teachers and Studio Owners / Managers: 

Delegates will attend seminar presentations and workshops with national and international dance industry professionals, marketing strategists, entrepreneurs, mentors and masters in dance teacher education. All attendees will leave with a renewed sense of self-confidence – feeling motivated, inspired and passionate to make a difference in their lives and in those of their students, schools and businesses!

The Benefits for Students: 

Promoting a common love of dance, students from Primary and Secondary Schools will experience a variety of genres as they benefit from the extensive experience of new guest artists and returning favourites. Students will learn and dance in a fun and supportive environment as they enjoy a range of inspiring and professional dance workshops across the weekend.

These workshop classes are designed for dancers of ALL ages and levels and feature a variety of styles including Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Commercial and Musical Theatre and more!

From Pre-School through to Senior Dancers, Dance Teachers and Studio Owners, there is something for everyone at Come Together Dance Convention 2019!  Register now and Developpe’ the Possibilities!

 

PRICING AND BOOKINGS

Teacher / Studio Owner Programme

Full registration: 

Two day Come Together Dance Convention Pass includes attendance at all sessions and access to all student workshops, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on both days, entry and convention dinner on Saturday.  $550

One Day Only:

A one day registration includes attendance at all sessions for either Saturday or Sunday and access to all student workshops, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.  $380

Conference Dinner:  Details to be confirmed.  $75

Student Programme

Student Workshop Registration (two day programme – 8 classes)  $200

Student Workshop Registration (one day programme – 4 classes)  $120

 

Group Bookings – Students: If you have 10 or more students attending the 2 day workshops you are eligible for the discounted Group Booking rate of $180.  If you have made a group booking of 10 or more students then as a reward to you we would like to give you $50 off your delegate ticket.


Details

Start:
July 6
End:
July 7
Website:
https://www.atod.net.au/event/ctdc18/