As media partner for the event, we just loved being a part of the Vitality Teacher Conference at Energetiks Victorian Dance Festival (VDF) earlier this year in April. As a standalone element of a truly epic festival weekend, this program puts teachers at the forefront of the festival.

Vitality is the state of being strong and active, having energy. And there was no shortage of buzz and empowerment surrounding the event in 2023. We’re definitely looking forward to 2024. Celebration tickets went on sale recently, and the response was immediate – more tickets sold in the first 24 hours than ever before – so much so, that the organisers had to release more to meet the demand! But what makes this event special and stand out from others like it?

VDF Teacher Day 2023. Photo by Deb Cantoni Photography.
VDF Teacher Day 2023. Photo by Deb Cantoni Photography.

#1. Three days of dance

For the cost of entry to Vitality Teacher Conference, your ticket includes all three days of the festival. There are practical workshops and seminars specifically and exclusively for educators on offer during the teacher conference program and then your ticket includes access to over 50+ more workshops across the festival weekend. For those who’d rather not jump into dance class at the moment, the opportunity to watch and learn is invaluable, as a host of international and leading Australian choreographers bring the very latest moves and choreography to the festival.

#2. Curated program of professional development

Unlike other events for teachers, Vitality Teacher Conference does not include lengthy sales presentations from brands and industry affiliate organisations and services. They welcome everyone to be a part of their event but focus the spotlight on seminars and presentations that offer real professional development, insight and learning opportunities. With separate streams for educators and studio owners, the emphasis is on helping you grow and flourish in your profession or business.

VDF Teachers Day.
VDF Teachers Day.

#3. Fully catered conference and dedicated teacher sanctuary

So your brain can focus on learning, Vitality fuels your body as well as your mind and soul. A fully catered day includes delicious morning tea, scrumptious lunch and decadent afternoon tea, all topped off with a glass of champagne to celebrate coming together. (Yes, please!)

And, introduced last year, the VDF Teacher Sanctuary extends the pampering into the festival weekend with a dedicated space just for teachers inclusive of tea and coffee, additional educational presentations, and treats such as free massage for those hard-working muscles (ah, bliss!). All this is included in the price of your Vitality Teacher Conference ticket.

#4. The largest dance market in Australia plus an educator-specific expo

Energetiks Victorian Dance Festival.
Energetiks Victorian Dance Festival.

With time to mingle, network and shop, Vitality Teacher Conference brings you an educator-specific expo where you can talk directly to brands about your teaching or studio requirements. Capitalise on festival-specific offers and discounts, discover new products and services, and get that sales pitch delivered one on one, to really be tailored to your needs.

Then enjoy the wider festival dance market across the weekend where you can shop till you drop with all your favourite brands and discover new products and services from a huge range of industry brands. Don’t forget to check out the fun ‘Fashions on the Floor’ Fashion Show where the latest lines and dancewear are modelled.

#5. Amazing discounts for you and your team

VDF Teachers Day.
VDF Teachers Day.

Tickets to Vitality Teacher Conference are already a huge bargain with so much included and on offer. But you can enjoy even bigger savings if you take your studio team or peers along with you. With discounts on offer for groups of three or five teachers, why not make this a teambuilding or bonding experience and return to the studio energised and enriched as a group?

Vitality Teacher Conference at Energetiks VDF24 will include a range of international guest speakers, advice from leading experts, hands-on workshops and networking are all wrapped as one VITAL day of professional development on Friday 12 April 2024, at the Victoria Pavilion at Melbourne Showgrounds. We can’t think of one reason not to book your tickets now!

For more information and to book tickets, visit

Vitality Dance Teacher Conference is brought to us by major sponsors DanceSurance and Show Works.

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