Mischewski Award

“You make your mark by being true to who you are and letting that be your staple.”

Swiss-born American actress, model, singer and dancer, Kat Graham


Flyer for Mischewski award for excellence in dance in Hoi An

Mischewski Award for Excellence in Dance

Recipients of the Mischewski Award receive a dance scholarship offering 20 hours of private dance tuition, free of charge! Classes will cover the fundamentals across multiple styles, with a focus on a style of the recipient’s choosing.

And, in addition to honing their craft, recipients will also develop their English and communication skills, along with the confidence needed to elevate themselves from hardship.

With further funding raised via our sponsorship program, we hope to double the hours of training provided by 2021.


Namesake of the Mischewski Award for Excellence in Dance

Dr Anton Mischewski (aka Dr Mischief)

Born January 24, 1963 – Died August 22, 2015

Anton Mischewski remains highly respected for his outstanding contribution to the field of social impact. The scope of his work covered applied research, evaluation and social policy. This included areas such as microfinance, financial inclusion, housing, ageing, intellectual disability and community health. Anton’s legacy lives on through the Centre for Social Impact’s Anton Mischewski Design for Social Innovation Prizecreated shortly after his death in 2015.

In addition to his passion for social justice, innovation and enterprise, Anton was a poet, a yoga teacher, and spent 20 years training in both classical ballet and contemporary dance. This award has been created in celebration of his love for art, his remarkable work, and his lifelong dedication to social change.

A message from Kate:

“It is with the fullest of hearts and greatest of pride that I announce the Mischewski Award for Excellence in Dance. This award will given out annually, in recognition of the passion and commitment shown by an aspiring young dancer.

I had the honour of working closely with Anton during the final months of his life – an experience that played an astronomical role in shaping the person I am today.

Anton cared about people and believed in their potential. He showed me what it means to walk alongside someone. That is to say that he captured—so very beautifully—the essence of VAPA’s core values: trust, integrity, creativity, equality, diversity, inclusivity, emotional intelligence, social justice, wellbeing and community.

For that reason, not only does this award acknowledge the recipient’s skill and passion for developing their craft; it also honours their ability to ensure VAPA remains a safe, inclusive space. One in which everyone feels heard, encouraged, supported and empowered.”

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