PRESS RELEASE – Monday 2nd March 2015
Malek given top honour
The highly respected advocate of Australian Dance, Karen Malek has today been named the Patron of the Victorian Dance Festival.
Karen, who is an Australian Dance Advocate for dance teaching qualifications, safe dance practice and outspoken leader for the dance community has been now crowned the first lady in dance, patron of the Victorian Dance Festival.
The Australian Teachers of Dance President and Co- Director of the newly formed Transit Dance Melbourne said she was “honoured and delighted. I grew up in country Victoria, craving the opportunities of my city counterparts”.
Karen Malek is President of the Australian Teachers of Dancing and has served as a Director for over 10 years. Karen has been formally recognized by ATOD for her contribution to ATOD and the industry and was awarded Life Membership in 2012. Karen has dedicated over 50 years to dance and has been teaching for 40 years.
Director of The Victorian Dance Festival, Kate Meade said “Karen is a proud Ambassador. It was time we recognised the pioneers of the Australian Dance community, those that have contributed to the success of dance in regional areas”.
The biggest weekend of Dance will celebrate Karen’s contribution in Ballarat April 17-19, 2015. The Victorian Dance Festival will host the biggest names in Australian Dance.
#VDF15 will provide access to the highest quality of choreographers and instructors for Regional Victoria dancers, celebrating and encouraging movement, artistic expression and creativity in Victorian youth.
To be apart of the biggest Road Trip, the biggest weekend of dance head to the website for more details www.victoriandancefestival.com