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


Mischewski Award for Excellence in Dance

Recipients of this award receive a dance scholarship offering 1 year of private dance tuition in the style of their choosing, free of charge.


Dr Anton Mischewski (aka Dr Mischief)

January 24, 1963 – August 22, 2015


Anton Mischewski remains highly respected for his outstanding contribution to the field of social impact. His work in applied research, evaluation and social policy covered areas such as microfinance, financial inclusion, housing, ageing, intellectual disability and community health, and this 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 Ms Kate:

It is with the fullest of hearts and greatest of pride that I announce the Mischewski Award for Excellence in Dance, given out annually in recognition of the passion and commitment shown by one of our young dancers.

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, capturing—so very beautifully—the essence of VAPA’s core values: trust, integrity, creativity, equality, diversity, inclusivity, emotional intelligence, social justice, wellbeing and community.

For this reason, not only does this award acknowledge the recipient’s dedication to developing their craft; it also honours their contribution to making VAPA a safe, inclusive space in which everyone feels heard, encouraged, supported and empowered.

Meet the 2019 recipient of this award