ARTISTIC DIRECTOR YVETTE LEE HAS BEGUN ANNOUNCING HER 2020 LINE UP // WATCH THIS SPACE
YVETTE LEE- 2020 ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
With over a decade of choreographic experience Yvette Lee has become one of the country’s most versatile creatives. Recognised for her work across multiple platforms as choreographer, creative director and creative producer her contribution to television, theatre and live touring events has led to a large body of work.
Notable TV credits include: Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Dance Boss, The Big Music Quiz, X Factor, China’s Next Top Model, Chris Lilly's J'amie Private School Girl & Jonah from Tonga, Cosentino -the Master Illusionist, Dance Hero Japan, Australian Idol, The ARIA Awards, The Logie Awards, So You Think You Can Dance Greece, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, Comedy Inc, Neighbours, The Taiwanese Wiggles for the Disney Chanel, The Pacific’, produced by Stephen Spielberg and Asia’s Got Talent where she was assistant to the Squared Division.
Yvette has choreographed for recording artists such as Zara Larsson, Guy Sebastian, Dami Im, Andy Grammar, Illy, Vera Blue, Harrison Craig, Aston Merrygold, Josh Groban, Samantha Jade, Ricki Lee, Bonnie Anderson, Rob Mills, Casey Donovan, Hugh Sheridan, Andrew Da Silva, Dylan Joel, Cyrus, Selwyn, Tim Campbell, Ronda Burchmore, Bobby Fox & Dan Hamil and most recently Tim Minchin and his brand new release ‘15 Minutes’.
Theatre credits include: Candide (NZ Opera), In The Heights (Stage Art), All Out Of Love - Air Supply World Premiere (Arts Asia), Reefer Madness (RL), Moonshadow - Cat Stevens World Premiere (Sue Farrelly), Rock of Ages (New Theatricals), The Little Match Girl at The Malthouse & Queen Elizabeth Hall London, Song Contest (Glynn Nichols), The History Boys (MTC), Carnival of the Lost Souls at the Melba Spiegeltent and assistant Choreographer to Australian legend Ross Coleman for Sweet Charity, Dusty, & Shout - the Legend of the Wild One.
Her work for live and stadium events encompasses the roles of Associate Dance Director for the Victorian State School Spectacular (Hisense Arena), Armin Van Buuren tour (Rod Laver & Homebush Stadium), R n B Fridays (Etihad Stadium & Homebush Stadium), Crusty Demons of Dirt (Aust Stadium Tour), George Michael Tribute Tour (Festival Centre and Sydney Opera House), Hong Kong Disneyland Groundbreaking Ceremony (Lantau Island)
TVCs include 7/11, Bonds/Disney, Jay Jays, Luxury Escapes & Habitus.
Yvette can’t wait to dance with you at VDF 2019!
Zoee Marsh is a choreographer + movement coach, her work is internationally recognised throughout various music videos, live shows, independent creative projects, musicals, brand launches and charity events.
Choreography + Movement Direction for recording artists include Vera Blue, George Maple, Motez, George Alice, Essie Holt, Will Young, Boi, Allipha, Hopium, The Naked Eye, Ryan Downey, Laure Jae, Jason Heerah, Hiboux and the Dianas.
Zoee’s body of work also includes Last Layer X Indosole, Joslin, C2 Melbourne, Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 + 2018, “Spring Awakening” The Musical (StageArt), “Tarzan” The Musical, Australia’s Got Talent, Neighbours, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, National Basketball League, SYTYCD (Warsaw, Poland), The Australian Open, Scimm Dance Company and The Dream Dance Company.
Zoee has recently been working on on 'Sunday In The Park With George' with Watch This, creating a new contemporary work for Scimm Dance Company's 2019 season + movement consulting for Junior Eurovision 2019.
Zoee is the ‘Cultural Arts’ Impetus Youth Awards recipient, ‘Emerging Choreographer’ Dance London finalist and received ‘Most Outstanding Choreography’ at Melbourne’s ‘Grounded’.
Zoee is an ambassador for Keep Kids Safe In Dance, Co-Director of BIND Productions and is passionate about building the arts community. This unique & intriguing creative is ecstatic to be able to share her love and art with the world.
Originally from Wagga Wagga, Jarryd has forged a successful career on both stage and screen. Specialising in Latin American and Ballroom, his most recent choreography credits include; Dancing With The Stars; MTC’s Heisenberg; Immersive Cinema’s Dirty Dancing; The Unbelievables and White Night Melbourne.
Professional Credits include: “Nathan Starkey’ Baz Luhrmans Strictly Ballroom The Musical (understudy Ken Railings), Burn The Floor; The Unbelievables and Shake Rattle & Roll.
Jarryd is also a resident professional dancer on Dancing With The Stars and has been partnered with Olympia Vallance, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Jesinta Franklin and Ash Pollard.
AMY BERRISFORD & TRAVIS KHAN are both starring in Bob Fosse’s ‘Chicago’, currently on tour across Australia, and they are “beyond excited and very honoured to be sharing a small taste of the world that is Fosse” at Energetiks VDF 2020!
Amy Berrisford’s theatre credits include; ‘We Will Rock You’ Asia Tour, ‘Sweet Charity’, ‘Guys and Dolls’, ‘Chicago’ Australasian Tour 2009 & 2010, ‘Promises, Promises’, World Premiere of ‘King Kong Live on Stage’, 2014/15 South Korean, Singapore and Macau tours of ‘Cats’, ‘Company’, ‘Funny Girl’ and ‘Curtains’. In 2017/18 she returned to ‘Cats’ as Resident Choreographer. She also appeared in ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘The Boy From Oz’ in 2018, as is currently Co-Dance Captain for 'Chicago'. Amy’s TV/Film credits include; Assistant Choreographer on the Australian film ‘Boytown’, Channel 7’s ‘TV Turns 50’, Foxtel’s ‘The Singing Office’ (Lead Singer), and she also stars in ‘Cheek to Cheek’, a tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Travis Khan trained at UNITEC Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts); The New Zealand School of Dance. Travis’ theatre credits include the Australian/Shanghai seasons of the ‘Lion King’, ‘Turandot’, ‘Fiddler On The Roof’, Australia/NZ/London launch seasons of ‘Priscilla Queen Of The Desert’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Kismet’, ‘Eat, Pray, Laugh’, Barry Humphries’ Farewell Tour, World Premiere of ‘King Kong’, Australian/NZ seasons of ‘Matilda the Musical’, and ‘Chicago’. Travis’ fashion, corporate, commercial and television credits, include L’Oreal, Bonds, Cotton On, Just Jeans International modeling tour, Neighbours, Australia’s Got Talent, The Logies, Vanessa Amorosi, Guy Sebastian and Ricki-Lee, and Choreography and events assistant to Yvette Lee. Travis’ work in film includes ‘King Kong’ (Dancer), and ‘I’m Not Dead Yet’ (Choreographer). Are you ready to “razzle dazzle” with Amy and Travis? This is going to be epic!
BLAKE JOHN WOOD
We are SO EXCITED to announce that BLAKE JOHN WOOD will be back for VDF2020!
Blake John Wood is known for fusing innovative choreography with slick movement and cutting-edge aesthetic to deliver an undeniable finished product. His credits include MTV Australia & NZ, Universal Music, Island Records, Disney Channel, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Havana Brown, Fitness First, Channel Seven, HYUNDAI, The Morning Show, Runway The Label, Premonition Designs, Luciana Caporaso, Mardi Gras, Girlfriend Magazine, ING Direct, Deborah Cox, Paulini Curuenavuli, Courtney Act, Rhonda Burchmore & Marcia Hines.
In 2018, Blake took on the role of Creative Director & Choreographer for the internationally renowned MARQUEE NIGHTCLUB, having the pleasure of providing dancers for artist appearances including Usher, Sean Kingston, French Montana, The Weeknd, Kid Ink, Omarion, Post Malone, ASAP Rocky & Drake’s Official afterparty for “The Boy Meets World” Tour.
Most recently, Blake has had the privilege of teaming up with Universal Music & Island Records to work as choreographer/movement coach on music video clips including “Glimpse” & “All Day” by Havana Brown. Furthermore, he was recruited as Creative Director on launch campaigns for Belvedere & Grey Goose Vodka.
While diligently focusing on his craft, Blake has the privilege of travelling Australia wide, coaching at several of the country’s leading dance establishments, and he is honoured to be part of Victorian Dance Festival!
Nadia Tornese was soooo popular VDF this year that we simply had to ask her back in 2020!
Nadia has fast become a highly sort after choreographer. Her career has led her to work across all areas of the industry from television to stage and live events. Nadia’s TV credits include The Wrong Girl, Neighbours and TV Week Logies - Meghan Trainor (Assistant Choreographer).
Nadia’s live events and stage credits include Justice Crew for The Australian Open, Carrie Bickmore’s Brain Beats, Nickelodeon Kids Tennis Day for The Australian Open (Co-Choreographer), Diamonds Spiegeltent (Co-Choreographer), Le Femme & the Male Minority (Co-Choreographer), Short & Sweet Dance Festival Melbourne, and events for Nova FM Australia Day and Vega/Smooth FM Suburban Superstar.
In addition, Nadia is a sought-after teacher for workshops Australia wide and operates her own company Steps & Sounds; which offers Music Production, Workshops and Entertainment.
MATT LEE returns for VDF 2020! Yasss!!! Thanks to Capezio
Matt Grant Lee is a leading international dance personality, creative director and choreographer. He has starred in television and stage productions all over the world and in the past ten years has carved out an impressive reputation as one of the top Australian creative forces in the business.
Matt has worked alongside the likes of Paula Abdul, Hugh Jackman, Kenny Ortega, Ben Elton and created and choreographed for Samantha Jade, Hilary Duff, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Nathaniel Willemse, Gabriella Cilmi, Marcia Hines, Christine Anu, Human Nature and Ricky Martin.
Matt choreographed the world premier performance of Martin's single Come with me on Channel 9’s The Voice as well as re-staging his American billboard award performance of VIDA for the show’s third season. Matt also choreographed Martin’s Australian NRL Grand Final performance, featuring Jessica Mauboy, which played to a capacity stadium of 90,000. Matt was choreographer for sister2sister and rehearsal director for Timomatic on many live events across Australia and was part of the creative team for his music video's Parachute and Everything is Allowed.
Matt was a permanent member of the judging panel, as well as choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance Australia which earned him a Logie nomination for Most Popular New Talent. Matt worked as resident choreographer on multiple seasons of the Australian TV series The Voice and Australia's Got Talent. Matt has also choreographed multiple Australian award shows including The TV Week Logie Awards, The AACTA’s and The Helpmann's.
Matt began working in television and theatre at the age of 9 and has had an expansive career over the last 25 years playing roles in such shows as RENT, Grease: The Arena Spectacular, Oh! What a Night, Miss Saigon, Hot Shoe Shuffle, The Witches of Eastwick, Hugh Jackman's: The Boy From OZ, Singin' in the Rain and We Will Rock You.
Matt had the pleasure of performing the role of Bert in Disney and Cameron Macintosh's production of Mary Poppins in Australia, New Zealand and more recently on the 2015-2017 UK and International tour which completed an impressive 21 month run. He won the prestigious 2011 Helpmann Award in Australia for Best Male Actor in a Musical for this role.
Matt was a part of the principal motion capture team on the Oscar and BAFTA winning film Happy Feet, where he played the role of the tap dancing penguin Mumble.
Prior to this, Matt played the character Johnno in Dein Perry's film BOOTMEN starring Sam Worthington and Adam Garcia which was adapted from the internationally acclaimed award winning stage show Tap Dogs.
2018 saw Matt work on Channel 7's dance series 'DANCE BOSS' and also choreographed internationally acclaimed A cappella band The Magnets, staging their new show The Naked 80's which they performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In the musical theatre world he has most recently choreographed The Fix, a musical by John Dempsey and Dana Rowe which was performed by the BA Musical Theatre graduating class of 2018 at The Guildford School of Acting in London. Matt continues to be in demand as a creative, working on the Network 10 reboot of Dancing with the Stars, The Voice and The Masked Singer. Matt is currently working with ARIA Award winning Sony artist Samantha Jade on her new music including ‘Bounce' and more to be released in 2019. Most recently Matt reunited with Broadway star Caroline O’Connor in the neglected musicals production of APPLAUSE where he played the role of Duane Fox.
Matt Lee is one of the leading men of Australian dance! Don't miss this! Tickets and more info at www.vdf.com.au
Thank you Capezio for bringing Matt back for VDF 2020!
ROB MCLEAN & LUCY DOHERTY
ROB & LUCY ARE BACK for VDF 2020!!!
Australian dance duo, Robert McLean & Lucy Doherty are taking the dance world by storm in a completely refreshing way. Robert McLean and Lucy Doherty approach their art and work with heart, soul and the overarching intention of highlighting the power that dance has to connect people to themselves and to others.
Join us for Energetiks VDF 2020!
Esteemed professional performers and choreographers in their individual rights, Lucy and Rob have a string of impressive performance and choreographic credits to their names individually as well as together including The Dream Dance Company, Justin Beiber, Jason Derulo, Ruel, Courtney Act, Rita Ora, George Maple, Dance Boss, Eurovision, XFactor, Dance Academy and So You Think You Can Dance Australia to name just a few.
Rob & Lucy will be delivering their workshop class ‘More Than Movement’ which has a strong focus on creativity and connection. The workshop explores various improvisation and choreographic tools whilst creating a safe space for dancers to explore and deepen their connection to themselves and to others through movement. Their class provided very memorable and moving moments at last year's VDF and both Rob and Lucy are so excited to be returning to the festival again this year!
Stephen Tannos is arguably one of the most innovative minds in performing arts in Australia. His unique and exhilarating choreography, combined with his infectious personality and incredible work ethic has quickly established Stephen as an in-demand choreographer.
Stephen was born in Sydney and has trained extensively in all styles of dance as well as singing and acting. His career took off initially in musical theatre with roles in Cats and Fame -The Musical as well as the opera 'Carmen', choreographed by Kelley Abbey.
Stephen has enjoyed much commercial success as a performer. His credits include working with Ricky Martin, Natalie Bassingthwaite and Jessica Mauboy. Plus, in 2009 he was in the Top 20 of So You Think You Can Dance Australia.
However, it is now Stephen’s choreographic skills and creative direction prowess that are truly making the industry sit up and take notice – both locally and Internationally. Stephen’s choreography has been featured on So You Think You Can Dance Australia, The Voice AU, The Voice Kids, Dancing With The Stars, Dance Boss and in 2018 Stephen was given the opportunity to choreograph for Rita Ora’s ARIA performance. He has also created work for music videos for Alpine, RUFUS, Set Mo and Vaudeville Smash. In 2016, Stephen collaborated with Marko Panzic to choreograph and co-direct The Dream Dance Company’s ‘Genesis’.
Stephen's latest creative endeavour was becoming the artistic director of new dance company WE ARE DANCE PROJECT. The first show that Stephen directed and choreographed, FOUND, premiered in March to rave reviews.
Award winning Musical Theatre giant, Andrew Hallsworth won the 2018 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Musical’ for the World Premiere of ‘Muriel’s Wedding the Musical’, 2015 Helpmann Award for Opera Australia’s ‘Anything Goes’ and the 2014 Helpmann Award for the Hayes Theatre’s inaugural production of ‘Sweet Charity’. He has also won Sydney Theatre Critics Awards for ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.
Theatre credits include Assassins, Dream Lover, Sydney Opera House - The Opera, Two Weddings One Bride, Ladies in Black, Rupert, Dream Song, Shane Warne the Musical (concert), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the World Premiere musical An Officer and A Gentleman, the original Australian production of Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision, Leader of the Pack – The Ellie Greenwich Musical, Sideshow Alley. For Melbourne Theatre Company he choreographed Kiss of the Spider Woman, Twelfth Night, Rupert, Private Lives, Vivid White, Egg, Hamlet, Next to Normal and The Drowsy Chaperone.
For The Production Company, Andrew has co-directed and choreographed The Producers and Anything Goes. Choreographed Jerry’s Girls, La Cage Aux Folles, The Pirates of Penzance, Gypsy, The Boy from Oz, Carousel, Mame, The Boy Friend. He co-choreographed The Music Man and Bye Bye Birdie. And to top it off, he co-choreographed the international production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert for Broadway and its other worldwide seasons including the recent 10th anniversary Australian celebration tour!
Andrew is also the acclaimed Director of Musical Theatre at Patrick Studios Australia. His fulltime 2 year Diploma course has been running for 10 years alongside Todd Patrick’s Performing Arts course with great success.
Michelle Hopper-Doyle is coming to VDF for the very first time!
As a leader in the Australian dance industry, Michelle Hopper Doyle has worked extensively in the performing arts for more than 20 years. Her career has seen her work with the world’s best directors and choreographers including Baz Lurhmann, George Miller, David Atkins, Kelley Abbey, Wade Robson, The Squared Division, John O’Connel, Jason Coleman and Dein Perry.
With a career spanning over two decades, Michelle secured roles in major stage productions including Singin’ in the Rain playing the role of Cyd Cherise and Grease Arena Spectacular. She’s been in feature films Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby, Happy Feet 1 and 2, Goddess, The Son of Mask and has performed on screen at the TV Week Logie Awards, Helpman Awards, X Factor, Australian Idol, MTV Music Awards, Aria Awards, The Nikelodeon Awards, Rove Live, SYTYCD, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Dancing With The Stars and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Michelle has performed with leading music icons including Kylie Minogue, Jessica Mauboy, Tina Arena, Guy Sebastian, Boyzone, Vanessa Amorosi, The Rogue Traders, Gabriella Cilmi, 30 Seconds to Mars, Cobra Starship, Macy Gray, Danni Minogue, Adam Lambert, Sheena Easton, Gloria Gaynor, Wynter Gordon, The Veronicas, and Sneaky Sound System.
IT'S TIME TO SHUFFLE... Alongside Musical Theatre, Luke will be bringing TAP to VDF for the very first time!
Luke Alleva began his musical theatre career in Man of La Mancha as Juan, Brains in Get Happy, and Cliff for We Will Rock You Australian tour. Luke’s West End credits include We Will Rock You at The Dominion Theatre, Saturday Night Fever at Apollo Victoria and West End Rocks UK tour.
On return to Australia Luke performed in The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, Mamma Mia, Xanadu, Moonshadow the musical as Dance Captain, A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Dusty, Funny Girl, Boy from Oz, 42nd Street, Little Me, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Boy Friend, and just recently Dirty Dancing Immersive Cinema in Melbourne and Sydney.
Luke is the Creative Director and Founder Of Luca Entertainment Productions. He is producing the international acclaimed Gene Kelly the Legacy for the upcoming Australian tour. He has also created many shows, including starring in One Man show The Dancin Man Sydney, Melbourne, Regional Victoria and various International Cruises lines and other upcoming productions.
Luke is also a sort after Choreographer for Carols by Candle Light Channel 9 for Daryl Somers, Saturday Night Fever at chapel off chapel, Cabaret the musical Spiegel Tent, 50’s Shake, Music Videos, Ballarat Carols, Corporate Shows, Musical Theatre Workshops, and a renowned Adjudicator/Judge.
Film credits are Montmartre Team lead dancers in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, Dein Perry’s Bootmen, Tom Usher In Gallipoli From Above, and The Divorce for the ABC. TV credits include Always Greener, Australia's Got Talent, Paul O’Grady Show, Kerrie Anne, Countdown, Sunrise, Sydney Opening & Closing Olympics and various TV commercials and
Luke is making time in his extra busy and exciting schedule to dance with you at VDF 2020. Don't miss this!
Cat Santos has worked with, assisted in choreography and performed alongside International and National artists such as Ricky Martin, Katy Perry, Nick Jonas, Macklemore, Dannii Minogue, PNAU, Ruel, Aston Merrygold, Zara Larsson, Havana Brown, Ricki-Lee, Flo Rida, Timomatic, Betty Who, and Cody Simpson and has also been a featured artist in the last four seasons of The Dream Dance Company, as well as a part of the Creative Team for “UnTold - Season 4”, and was one of three chosen for the #shiftyourshirtgame Campaign for Sportsgirl.
Born in Sydney, Cat began dancing at the age of 12 at All Starz Performing Arts Studio and went on to complete her High School Certificate at Newtown High School Of The Performing Arts. Deciding to further her training and continue her passion as a career, Cat joined the Brent Street Studios Full-time Course, attaining her Certificate IV in Dance in 2010.
A highly respected and influential figure in the entertainment industry, Cat prides herself on her versatility and ability to create and produce work in various fields of the Performing Arts. Cat began her career by assisting some of the most respected choreographers in the business, and the experience and knowledge gained by being such a vital part of these in demand creative teams has allowed her to gain extensive knowledge and led her to choreograph and produce her own work for Film, Artists, Theatre, Corporations, Brands, Festivals and Performance Studios.
Cat made her debut as choreographer for film in Skinford 2 by Blackpill and has choreographed for corporate companies such as Westpac, Mumm Champagne, SAP, and Chep Pallets. Cat was also the assistant to The Squared Division for television series "X Factor" and Creative Assistant for the new Channel 7 Series “Dance Boss.”
Cat's ultimate goal is to reach out to all young aspiring dancers all over the globe, whether that be through teaching or performing and to motivate them to believe in themselves, how to be their own support system and how to also support the people around them through lessons that not only involve dance, but simply, lessons that are needed in every day life, through a fun, energetic and inspiring teaching method. Cat is currently represented by Forward Management.
We can’t wait to have the incomparable ARNA SINGLETON at VDF2020 thanks to Jump Dance Challenge!
Arna Singleton aka Robotgirl (RBTGRL), is a respected and highly sought after professional Hip Hop/Urban choreographer and dance event producer. She has taught hundreds of workshops, choreographed for various events, performed on TV multiple times (SYTYCD, Australia's Got Talent, AFL Footy show Player Revue, Everybody Dance Now, to name a few) and was chosen via a dance audition process to dance with Madonna in Canada.
Over the years she has skill developed thousands of dancers and has contributed to the professional development of so many interested in the urban dance world. Arna is known for the running and creation of dance crew competitions, Step Off and Heavyweight Urban Dance Comp, as well as bringing the elements of Hip Hop together at Our Backyard at the Arts Centre. She is highly recognised in her field and considered one of the community leaders for the urban dance industry.
Arna is the Director of her own all age elite urban dance company, The Legacy & Co, who have had two successful seasons of shows, ‘Her Name is Alice’ and ‘Follow’. You can keep up to date with Arna via @rbtgrl and @thelegacyandco.
*Instructors subject to change.