18 January 2020 - 19 January 2020 9:00am - 5:30pm

Shaping Bodies, Shaping Minds Conference 2020

Drawing on the success of the Sydney (2016) and Brisbane (2018) conferences, Royal Academy of Dance Australia is delighted to announce its third conference, Shaping Bodies, Shaping Minds. One in a series of events in the Royal Academy of Dance’s centenary year, Shaping Bodies, Shaping Minds will bring together performers, teachers, practitioners and scholars from the fields of dance, education, history, science and cultural engagement for an exciting and thought-provoking programme.

The conference programme* is available to download here in pdf form.

*Please note the published Shaping Bodies, Shaping Minds conference programme is subject to change. Delegates will be notified of any changes as soon as is practically possible.

This is the third conference the Royal Academy of Dance Faculty of Education department has presented in Australia building upon a solid foundation of exploration into new research, discoveries and applications for dance education and training professionals.


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Key Information

Time Closing Date
9:00am - 5:30pm 9 January 2020 11:59pm

Opening Keynote - David McAllister AM

Vice President of the RAD and Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet will be reflecting on the key moments in his own training and the development of dance education throughout his 40 year career. He will also address broader observations on the impact of dance education on general community health and wellbeing.

Closing Keynote - Dr Michelle Groves

Director of Education at the Royal Academy of Dance, Dr Groves will be offering closing remarks following the two days of Shaping Bodies, Shaping Minds contributions. Whilst reflecting on the presentations she will undoubtedly leave delegates with much to reflect on as they return to their own practice or study.


Melbourne is the richly diverse and vibrant capital city of Victoria, showcasing the best of Victorian architecture, museums, galleries and gardens and a thriving arts and cultural precinct. Centrally located, the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) is a state of the art training facility for students of dance, music, theatre and fine arts.

Street address:

Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS)
57 Miles St, Southbank VIC 3006

More Information

Welcome, registration and opening night cocktail party Friday 17 January 2020
Our thanks to our cocktail party sponsor DanceSurance 

Conference opens Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January 2020

Contact Shelley Yacopetti on +61 8 9272 3940 or  for more information.

To Book

Pre-sale registration opened to RAD Members Only from 14 June. Members were emailed a link to book to access the presale.

Early bird registration is now open for RAD Members and Non Members from 27 July.

Full price registration from 14 September until 9 January or until sold out.

RAD Members Non Members
Pre sale – $350* available from 14 June until 26 July 2019 Not available
Early bird $400* available  from 27 July until 13 September 2019 $425* available from 27 July until 13 September 2019
Early bird Students $350
Full price $450 $525
Students $400 $475
1 day $300
Conference Presenters $175
Cocktail party $55


For RAD Registered Teachers, attending both days is equal to 20 hours CPD, 10 hours Time-valued and 10 hours independent, and attending one day is equal to 10 hours of Time-valued CPD for the Membership Year 2019/20.


Host venue partner VCASS.

For information about Melbourne:

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Conference attendees should make their own accommodation bookings, however, if you would like to take advantage of a 10% discount offer at Mantra Southbank, located in close proximity to VCASS, please follow the below instructions.

Bookings can be made online by following the simple steps below:
1. Visit Mantra Southbank
2. Select your location, hotel, dates and number of people
3. Input promo code RADVCOTA (case sensitive) – hit SEARCH
4. Select your room type and hit BOOK NOW to proceed to payment screen

Call For Contributions

With a focus on innovations, provocations and insights into the role of dance education, training and interdisciplinary engagement in the shaping of bodies and minds to meet a diverse and often challenging dance landscapes, we are looking for contributions (lectures, research presentations, practical demonstrations and panel discussions) which address Shaping Bodies, Shaping Minds themes above.

The call for contributions closed on Monday 30th June 2019. For reference download our Call for Contributions here.