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Leading the Way Forward: Introducing the Presenters
at Dancing into the Future

The Royal Academy of Dance Australia is excited to to announce the full coterie of presenters for our upcoming conference, Dancing into the Future: practices, insights & innovations. This year's lineup features a diverse group of dance leaders, scholars, and practitioners who are shaping the future of dance education.

Key Note Speaker: Dr. Susan Koff

Currently Clinical Professor in the Dance Education Program at New York University Steinhart, USA, Dr Koff has over 30 years’ experience teaching dance education in higher education in the USA and internationally, including positions at Louisiana State University, Columbia University, University of Denver, Pennsylvania State University and the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. Currently serving as the Past Chair of Dance and the Child International (daCi), she was a Fulbright Scholar visiting the National School of Contemporary Dance in Copenhagen and the author of award winning book, Dance Education: A Redefinition, released in 2021.

Dr Koff was a speaker at the RAD UK Conference, Mapping Dance (2021), she featured in the RAD Guest Lecture Series (2022) and delivered a guest lecture for the MA in Education (Dance Teaching) students (2022). We are thrilled to have Dr Koff join us in Sydney and share her thoughts on the future of dance education.

Cocktail Party Guest Speaker: Lisa Pavane

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Photo by Lynette Wills, 2022

We are thrilled to announce that Lisa Pavane, the esteemed Director of the Australian Ballet School and former Principal Artist of the Australian Ballet, will be an honored guest speaker at the Opening Cocktail Party of the Royal Academy of Dance Australia's fifth International Conference, "Dancing into the Future: Practices, Insights & Innovations." A luminary in the Australian dance industry, Lisa brings a wealth of experience as both a renowned teacher and accomplished dancer. Her insights into the evolving landscape of dance education and performance make her a most welcome guest. 

Born in Newcastle NSW, Lisa Pavane joined The Australian Ballet School as a student in 1978 and trained under the founding Director of The Australian Ballet School, Dame Margaret Scott AC DBE. 

In 2007 she joined The Australian Ballet School staff and in 2008 became the first graduate of the School’s Vocational Graduate Certificate in Elite Ballet Instruction. In 2012 Lisa became Head of Student Training, was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and gained her Graduate Certificate in Professional Education and Training. Lisa commenced as Director of The Australian Ballet School in 2015.

Panel of Presenters:

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