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The Full Day Program will be announced soon, but here is your line-up of inspiring and powerful speakers. Keep tabs on this page, as more speakers and special guests are announced in the coming weeks....

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*Speakers subject to change.

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LUCY DURACK

Originally hailing from Perth, Lucy Durack graduated from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre). She has fast become one of Australia’s leading ladies of stage and screen with a list of major roles to her credit, most recently as Sophie in Netflix/ABC’s highly acclaimed The Letdown, Roxy Karibas in Sisters (Netflix Original), Glinda the Good Witch in the original Australian cast of both Wicked and The Wizard of Oz (GFO), and as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical (GFO) for which she won both the Sydney Theatre and Helpmann Award!
 

Lucy won the hearts of the entire nation as one of the beloved judges in this year’s Australia's Got Talent (Seven Network) and will soon return to the stage as Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical with GFO.

Further screen credits include roles in Doctor Doctor, Upper Middle Bogan, How To Stay Married, Here Come The Habibs, The Moodys, Headland, All Saints, Get Krack!n, as well as film roles in Now Add Honey, Goddess, Dripping in Chocolate and The Dripping Tap.
 

As a voice over artist, Lucy has created a number of audiobooks, most proudly an introduction to her family story, Dame Mary Durack’s Kings In Grass Castles and most amusingly the children’s book titled Lucy The Good.
 

Performing regularly in concert, some highlights have been singing the British and Australian National Anthems for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke Of Edinburgh for the state reception at Perth’s Governor’s Gardens, singing the Australian National Anthem at the AFL Grand Final, the State of Origin and The Melbourne Cup, regular appearances on Nine Network’s Carols By Candlelight and Seven Network’s Carols in The Domain, performing with the Sydney, Perth, Queensland, Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras and in the concert series Disney Under The Stars (Live Nation).

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DR. SUE MAYES

Dr Sue Mayes is the Director of Artistic Health at The Australian Ballet. Sue has been the Principal Physiotherapist of The Australian Ballet since 1997 and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at La Trobe University. She has published papers from her PhD, titled: ‘Hip joint health in professional ballet dancers’, and co-authored ballet injury related publications.

 

In collaboration with Prof Jill Cook, Sue is leading a research program that is investigating joint health and wellbeing in ballet dancers as part of the research partnership between The Australian Ballet and La Trobe University.

 

Sue has presented at conferences around the world, including the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science Conferences and the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport in Monaco 2017, and lectures regularly throughout Australia. She provided physiotherapy for Sylvie Guillem's tours throughout Japan with Tokyo Ballet (2000-2015), and for the ‘New Universe of Manuel Legris’ program in Tokyo (2010). Sue was nominated for an Australian Dance Award in the category ‘Services to Dance’ in 2017 and 2018. She received a La Trobe University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018.

 

Sue was recently interviewed by Dance Informa, discussing “why the Australian ballet dancers quit stretching”. The controversial article evoked many questions about traditional stretching and teaching methods. Read it here and think about what you can ask Sue at Vitality Teacher Day:

Dancemagazine.com.au/2019/09/why-the-australian-ballet-dancers-quit-stretching/

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JANE GRECH

Jane Grech is the co-founder and Creative Director of ‘JG Creative’, an Australian company dedicated to the development and provision of high quality services to Dance and Education. Her brands include Jane Grech Dance Centre, Pirouettes Dancewear, Dance Studio Success with Jane Grech and DanceStep Student Teacher Education Program.⁠ ⁠

 

An author, speaker and sought after thought leader on the topics of dance education, entrepreneurship and leadership, Jane is passionate about engaging, motivating and inspiring others to lead significant and fulfilled lives. ⁠ ⁠

 

Embracing opportunities to encourage and support dance studio owners Jane works as a Leadership and Studio Growth Coach with Dance Studio Owners Association and is a regular contributor to Dance Informa Magazine, Dance Studio Owners Association and her own blog, Dance Studio Success.⁠ ⁠

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WILL CENTURION

Will Centurion is an in-demand, mental health practitioner who focuses on working with performing arts youth. Will is passionate about providing young creative minds the resources to help facilitate self-confidence and empowerment.⁠ ⁠ Having worked for over 20 years as a music theatre performer, Will has an industry informed approach to helping creative youth manage performance anxiety, self doubt and limiting beliefs.⁠

 

His international and Australian credits as a performer included So You Think You Can Dance 2010 (Top 20), West⁠ Side Story, A Chorus Line, The King and I, The Lion King,⁠ Aladdin and In The Heights.⁠ ⁠ Since 2018 he has expand Will Centurion: Counselling and Life-Coaching Pty Ltd into a mental health service that assists performing arts communities across Australia, delivering workshops at The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Swinburne University and Monash University. Will has also been engaged as a speaker at the Child and Adolescent Youth Mental Health Conference 2021, The Big Anxiety Festival in partnership with The University of New South Wales and The Drama Victoria Conference.⁠ ⁠

 

Will will share his "The Teacher's Mental Health Tool Kit", a professional development program design to help educators understand and respond to issues such a student anxiety and emotional challenges, whilst addressing their own self-care needs. ⁠

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ANDREW PILCHER

Andrew Pilcher is a renowned Physiotherapist that works with dancers, singers, acrobats and other high level performers and has a passion to help performers achieve their full potential. Andrew worked for seven years in London at PhysioEd Medical, servicing over 30 West End productions. He has extensive TV experience with BBC television dance performing shows and expertise with performers in the commercial, classical and music theatre fields. He has worked with dancers from company's such as The Royal Ballet in London as well as with the world’s leading bands including Coldplay. His clients have also included actors from blockbusters such as Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter.

Andrew Pilcher lectures in the Dance department at Melbourne University VCA campus teaching anatomy and physiology. Andrew is uniquely skilled in manual therapy and he teaches clinical Pilates in APMA equivalent accreditation.

Andrew originally trained at Curtain University Australia and has a performance background himself in music, singing and acting. He is part way through his Master of Manipulative physiotherapy training. He is married to a Musical Theatre performer, actress and choreographer/producer and has two young children. He loves running, cycling and producing international arts initiatives with his wife.

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DR KATRINA RANK

Dr Katrina Rank is a leading Australian educator and dance artist, contributing to national and international movement education outcomes. A ballet and contemporary dancer by training, Katrina maintains a performance and teaching practice and received an Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance Education in 2018.
 

Katrina has worked in various roles for Ausdance since 2008 including acting Director, Education Manager and consultant. She is currently Director of Education and Lifelong Learning. Katrina was the author and project leader of Teaching and Leading Dance to Older People, a research program and report which has been distributed widely. Her extensive background in education and community arts also saw her work on the Knowing You Knowing me Project with the City of Whittlesea in 2017–2018 and the hugely successful Alice Project. The Alice Project was a community dance initiative that reached across four regional Victorian municipalities and more than 15,000 participants over two years, as part of the VicHealth MOTION program. 
 

Her recent dance focus has been on dance for health, with particular reference to ageing and Parkinson’s disease. In 2013, Katrina initiated Fine Lines, intergenerational dance and projects. Fine Lines began with contemporary dance classes for experienced mature dancers.