We are committed to bringing some of Australia's best instructors and choreographers to SSD every year. We want our students to have the same opportunities are city dancers. We have had Adam Wheeler, Karen Malek, Jason Coleman, Paul Malek, Donnie Dimase, Amy Campbell (King Kong the Musical), Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys), Jesse Rasmussen (Tap Pack) & Raw Dance take workshops at our school for our students and sometimes the general public if space allows. We also run a 3 day winter ballet school mid year during the school holidays.
2016 Paul Malek workshop - Getting to know each other before dancing!
Paul Malek is the Artistic Director of Transit Dance which harbours a plethora of contemporary dance projects such as Transit Dance Company, youth component Origins Dance Company, alongside Origins Contemporary Extension Programs and the Pre-Professional and Professional Tertiary level courses for aspiring young contemporary dance artists.
His passion lies in creation, youth dance, multimedia and the development of opportunities for Australia and the world dance scene. A prolific entrepreneur, he has been the mastermind behind such dance businesses as Underground Melbourne, Immersed Dance Industry Night, Dance Chat, Project Y, Boom Media, Collaboration The Project and Project Base.
In 2014 he was awarded 5 Victorian Dance Awards including Services to Dance, Favourite Producer, Production (Yours Truly), Media Publication & Videographer.
Paul's choreographic credits include, So You Think You Can Dance Australia SE03 & 04, Dancing with the Stars 2014 & 2015, Yours Truly, Hair The Musical, and a plethora of highly acclaimed theatrical dance productions. As Artistic Director of Transit Dance Company he has been met with outstanding reviews for his last two dance works, BOYZ (Midsumma Festival 2016) & Every Inch Of Me (2015). In 2016/17 Yours Truly returns with a regional tour around Australia.
Actively engaged in the Australian dance community, Malek is the artistic director of The Victorian Dance Festival (winner Victorian Dance Award, favourite dance event 2014), and an active board member of Australian Teachers of Dancing International. He is also a much loved MC, hosting not only VDF but the 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.
Jason Coleman- SSD workshop 2016
Jason’s diverse talent has been in great demand since arriving in Sydney as a 17 year old in 1987. As a dancer, actor, choreographer and more recently director, he has covered more show business territory than most. In fact, even if you don’t realise it, you probably would have seen either Jason or his choreography on television, stage or the big screen.
Jason’s music industry credits are as numerous as they are diverse. Most notable is that Jason has choreographed for, Christine Anu, Tina Arena, Sheena Easton, Chrissy Amphlett, Human Nature, Bardot, John Farnham, Chaka Khan, Vanessa Amorosi, the Bee Gees, Bardot, Deni Hines, Kate Ceberano, Euphoria, Toni Pearen, Melissa Tkautz ...the list goes on - and as a young dancer Jason even performed on the same bill as international artists like Whitney Houston and the legendary Frank Sinatra.
Jason’s engagement as choreographer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the ‘2000 Sydney Olympic Games’ was, at the time, his most notable credit to mention. Jason was the only choreographer asked to work on both the opening and closing ceremonies. This broadcast was seen by 3.8 billion people across the globe and therefore was the biggest TV audience for any event ever.
Following the international success of the extraordinary 2000 Olympic Ceremonies Jason was chosen to choreograph for the highly acclaimed handover ceremony for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
Jason subsequently acted as Director of Choreography for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. This was one of the largest and most expensive shows ever made anywhere on earth. As well as choreographing himself Jason was responsible for directing an international team of choreographers for this event. Jason also acted as a segment Director on both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies
In 2006 Jason embarked on a journey to cast dancers from around the world. Jason was asked to head an international team. This team held dancers auditions in Japan, Philippines, Hong Kong, India, Dubai, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. Jason chose 250 professional dancers from 12 countries. He also had the pleasure of studying with a master teacher/chorographer in traditional dance forms in all of the pre-mentioned countries. This trip, which Jason nicknamed ‘The Dance Safari’, was truly an extraordinary international dance experience. It was a once in a life time collection of extraordinary talent, and a highlight in his dance career.
On television Jason has worked as a choreographer on shows such as Water Rats, G.P. E-Street, Popstars, Hey Hey it’s Saturday, Roy and H.G. the Footy Show and the Midday Show. He was also responsible for choreographing three consecutive LOGIE Awards 1997, 1998 & 1999, as well as the 1997 AFL Grand Final entertainment and the 2003/2004 State of Origin Entertainment. Through the 90’s Jason was also Resident Choreographer for Channel Nine Sydney.
In 2000/2001 Jason worked as a Judge and Choreographer on the number one rating TV show Pop Stars. It was through this that Jason’s public profile as a choreographer really took off. Subsequently Jason is often asked to judge, adjudicate, and audition dancers across the country and around the world.
Jason choreographed the inaugural and following two Helpmann Awards. This is an industry awards ceremony celebrating the fields of Musical Theatre, Live Plays, Ballet and Opera. It was an honour for Jason to once again be chosen to choreograph for an industry based project.
In January 2003, Jason was chosen by an international advertising agency to choreograph a world wide TV and Film commercial, for the giant American based multi-national company L and M. This feature commercial was played in twenty seven different countries around the world. Jason also acted as assistant director on this two-week shoot.
Jason has extensive experience choreographing in the lucrative world of corporate entertainment. With clients such as Qantas, Toyota, Ford, IBM, Mercedes, VW, Dulux, Lexus, NRMA, Telstra, McDonalds, Compaq, Melbourne Racing Carnival, etc…. All of these clients, and more, rely on his direction and choreography for their respective entertainment requirements, or product launches.
Jason was thrilled to be chosen by George Miller to work as a Choreographer and Dance Consultant on the feature film Happy Feet. Jason consequently also played a motion capture performance role in this feature film.
In 1997 Jason spent three months playing a supporting role in a feature film with Paul Mercurio. Shortly after, Jason was approached to do two other feature film roles but was unavailable due to his musical theatre commitments.
Jason made his directing debut in 1996 working as Assistant Director and Choreographer to David Atkins on Little Shop of Horrors shortly followed by Sweet Charity and the highly successful musical Fame. Since then Jason has acted both as a Choreographer and Assistant Director on the arena spectacular The Man From Snowy River. And most recently Jason is thrilled to have received critical acclaim for his choreographic work on the musical Hair. Jason’s other musical theatre credits include Chicago, A Chorus Line, Saturday Night Fever, Dancin’ Man, Dancin’ Dynamite.
In 2002 Jason was chosen by the Capitol Authority to Direct and Executive Produce The Prime Ministers Christmas Carols live from the steps of Parliament House in Canberra.