2016 Training Programs: great teachers, great classes

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TERM 3 2016 UPDATE  ||  We have programs of regular classes for junior (8+) through to pre-professional dancers. They prepare you for other programs at QL2, and for tertiary level courses. Prices, paid per term, start at $14.50 per class, with big discounts as you do more classes. Each program has a set schedule of classes, from one to six per week.

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Term 3 at QL2 Dance is Monday 18 July – Friday 23 September.
No classes for Pre-tertiary or Senior programs for the first 2 weeks 18 – 29 July — we’ll be busy with our major project “CONNECTED”. 

Programs

Click on a program below to see more.

Stand-alone entry-level classes (approx. ages 8-12)

Stand-alone entry-level classes (approx. ages 8-12). These fun and lively stand-alone entry-level classes provide a gentle introduction to our program; and are especially suitable if you have limited time to commit to dance.

Term 3 fee: $145 per class

  Day Arrival Start End  
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Contemporary beginners
Tuesday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 5:30 pm Entry into contemporary dance styles and training, lots of movement and fun.
Licence to Move Thursday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 5:30 pm A boys only class, providing a masculine introduction to dance, with movement based in gymnastics, sports and hip-hop.

Junior A Program: 2 classes/week (approx. ages 8-12)

Junior A Program: 2 classes/week (approx. ages 8-12). This consists of two classes, providing young dancers an opportunity to begin fundamental training. They run consecutively on Thursdays. Junior A is designed for boys and girls committed to dance, who may want to audition for the Chaos Project in August.

Term 3 fee: $270

  Day Arrival Start End  
Classical 1 Thursday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 5:30 pm An introduction to Classical technique for contemporary dancers.
Contemporary 1 Thursday (Follows above) 5:45 pm 6:45 pm Introductory contemporary dance training with a variety movement styles, creativity and technique.

Junior B (boys) Program: 2 classes/week (approx. ages 8-12)

Junior B (boys) Program: 2 classes/week (approx. ages 8–12)  This program consists of two classes for fundamental training, including the boys-only Licence to Move. It is suitable for boys who may want to audition for the Chaos Project in August.

Term 3 fee: $270

  Day Arrival Start End  
Licence to Move Thursday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 5:30 pm A boys only class, providing a masculine introduction to dance, with movement based in gymnastics, sports and hip-hop.
Contemporary 1 Thursday (Follows above) 5:45 pm 6:45 pm Introductory contemporary dance training with a variety movement styles, creativity and technique.

Intermediate A Program: 3 classes/week (approx. ages 11-16)

Intermediate A Program: 3 classes/week (approx. ages 11-16). The Intermediate A Program has been designed for dancers with some contemporary dance experience, or excellence in other forms. Three classes a week to build skills, strength, fitness and choreographic awareness.

Term 3 fee: $375, or $460 with optional Yoga.

  Day Arrival Start End  
Stretch & Conditioning 1 Monday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 5:45 pm Introduction to strength, flexibility, and alignment for contemporary dance.
Contemporary 2 Wednesday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 5:45 pm Develop contemporary technique and skills. Engaging in a variety of movement styles, creativity and technique activities.
Classical 2 Wednesday (Follows above) 6:00 pm 7:15 pm Foundation level classical technique for contemporary dancers.
OPTIONAL
Yoga for Dancers
Friday 4:45 pm 5:00 pm 6:15 pm A yoga approach to strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness for dance.

Intermediate B Program: 3 classes/week (approx. ages 13-16)

Intermediate B Program: 3 classes/week (approx. ages 13-16). The Intermediate B Program has been designed for or an older age group or more experienced dancers with strong contemporary dance experience, or excellence in other forms. Three classes a week to further enhance and extend skills, strength, fitness and choreographic knowledge.

Term 3 fee: $375, or $460 with optional Yoga.

  Day Arrival Start End  
Stretch & Conditioning 1 Monday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 5:45 pm Introduction to strength, flexibility, and alignment for contemporary dance.
Classical 3 Monday (Follows above) 6:00 pm 7:15 pm Intermediate level classical technique for contemporary dancers.
Contemporary 3 Wednesday 5:45 pm 6:00 pm 7:30 pm Strong contemporary technique and skills training. A challenging technique and movement class including advanced creative and improvisation activities.
OPTIONAL
Yoga for Dancers
Friday 4:45 pm 5:00 pm 6:15 pm A yoga approach to strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness for dance.

Senior Program: 4 classes/week (approx. ages 14-20)

Senior Program: 4 classes/week (approx. ages 14–20). An exciting and challenging program for more advanced dancers who aim to be in our Quantum Leap projects.
Term 3 fee: $368, or $420 with optional Yoga.

  Day Arrival Start End  
Stretch & Conditioning 2 Monday 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 6:00 pm Advanced strength, flexibility, balance training.
Contemporary 4 Monday (Follows above) 6:00 pm 7:30 pm Challenging contemporary movement styles, creativity, improvisation and technique.
Classical 4 Wednesday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 6:00 pm Advanced level classical technique for contemporary dancers.
Contemporary 3 Wednesday 5:45 pm 6:00 pm 7:30 pm Strong contemporary technique and skills training. A challenging technique and movement class including advanced creative and improvisation activities.
OPTIONAL
Yoga for Dancers
Friday 4:45 pm 5:00 pm 6:15 pm A yoga approach to strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness for dance.

Pre-Tertiary Program: 6 classes/week (approx. ages 14-20)

Pre-Tertiary Program: 6 classes/week (approx. ages 14–20). A more challenging and complete program, designed for dancers with an aim to audition for further dance training or university courses.

Term 3 fee: $480

  Day Arrival Start End  
Stretch & Conditioning 2 Monday 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 6:00 pm Advanced strength, flexibility, balance training.
Contemporary 4 Monday (Follows above) 6:00 pm 7:30 pm Challenging contemporary movement styles, creativity, improvisation and technique.
Classical 5 Tuesday 4:15pm 4:30 PM 6:15PM Advanced classical coaching for contemporary dancers. Strength, alignment and technique; pointe if appropriate.
Contemporary 5 Tuesday (Follows above) 6:30
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8:00 PM A more demanding and challenging contemporary training class with elements of improvisation and technique.
Classical 4 Wednesday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 6:00 pm Advanced level classical technique for contemporary dancers.
Yoga for Dancers Friday 4:45 pm 5:00 pm 6:15 pm A yoga approach to strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness for dance.

 

FAQ

How our Training Programs work

We have programs of regular classes for junior (8+) through to pre-professional dancers. They prepare you for other programs at QL2, and for tertiary level courses. Prices, paid per term, start at $14.50 per class, with big discounts as you do more classes.

Why classes? Is QL2 a dance school?

No, not really. Our classes for ages 8 through to pre-professional are based on training, developing and maintaining skills for our projects, eg Quantum Leap at the Playhouse; or our Junior performance project Chaos. They also prepare young artists who are planning to audition for one of the university dance courses, like WAAPA, VCA, NAISDA, AC Arts or QUT.
Our projects — and our classes — are not just about learning moves and training your body. There is plenty of that, but our primary aim is to develop and nurture young artists. We want the most vibrant young people to emerge as leaders —in or out of dance. We believe the artist in each of you should be developed from an early age.

Which program should I do?

The programs are not based solely on age, but on experience and ability. Entry to any program is subject to final approval by Ruth Osborne. To discuss your class program, give us a call on 02 62473103 or email to make an appointment.
Each program gives a clear guide to progression, and brings participants up to a greater level of fitness, flexibility, control and creativity — preparation for our main projects!

Can I do a Try-out class?

If you are new to QL2, you can do one Try-out Class at an appropriate level, for $14.50. Our teaching staff will evaluate your ability in that class, and then make a recommendation for your classes Program.

I attended classes in 2015. What now?

If you attended our classes in 2015, we will send you an email recommending your 2016 program. If you don’t get the email, please contact us.

How long are the classes?

The length of each class is tailored to the level and content: from 60–90 minutes. Classes for younger dancers have breaks between; the senior program has some classes which run straight on. You should bring a water bottle into every class.

Do I have to do every class every week?

By participating in the QL2 Class Program, you are agreeing to full attendance each week. If you cannot attend a class during the term then you need to contact us. Term lengths vary, and some classes do not run when they clash with projects.

Can I do classes casually?

No. All classes have been designed to be taken term by term. There is no casual weekly class entry, except by special arrangement.

I can't do the whole program each week. Are there exemptions?

If you cannot attend certain classes in a program, you can choose to take a program at a lower level with fewer classes.
If you are doing a suitable, equivalent class elsewhere, you can apply to Artistic Director Ruth Osborne for a specific exemption for that class.
Otherwise, there is no part program enrolment.

Can I start in the middle of term?

You can start with us part-way through the term. If you are not able to attend the whole term, discuss with Artistic Director Ruth Osborne and we can probably give you a part-term program.

Can I pay by the week?

Term fees are due in advance, and must be paid by week 2. If you have difficulty paying, please contact us to arrange a payment plan. If you are financially disadvantaged, we have bursaries program that may reduce the fees. Apply in advance, setting out your situation. Bursaries are assessed confidentially by our Chair, Justice Richard Refshauge, and Artistic Director Ruth Osborne.

We have financial problems. Can you help?

Generally, term fees are due in advance, and must be paid by week 2.

If you have difficulty paying in one lump, please contact us to arrange a payment plan.

If you are financially disadvantaged, we have a bursaries program that may reduce or eliminate the fees. Apply in advance, setting out your situation. Bursaries are assessed confidentially by our Chair, Justice Richard Refshauge, and Artistic Director Ruth Osborne. They can be offerred for a term or a year, and can cover classes and projects.

What should I wear?

We do not have a compulsory QL2 uniform. We ask that you wear clothing that is practical, safe and not too revealing. A fitted top is best as it stays in place while you move and allows our teachers to check alignment during class.
Ballet shoes are required for classical classes, except the first two weeks of Classical 1 and 2.

What are your prices?

Base price per class per week is $14.50, with heavy discounts the more classes in your program— eg 14% less for 3 classes ($37.50/week); and 31% off for 6 classes ($60/week).
If you have difficulty paying, please contact us to arrange a payment plan. If you are financially disadvantaged, we have bursaries program that may reduce the fees. Apply in advance, setting out your situation. Bursaries are assessed confidentially by our Chair, Justice Richard Refshauge, and Artistic Director Ruth Osborne.

 

Our Teachers

Our teachers are practicing dance artists and trained educators, plus visiting guest teachers when visiting companies and independents are in town. Our regular teachers include:

Olivia Fyfe is a teacher and contemporary dancer. A WAAPA graduate, she has worked with Fiona Malone and Cadi McCarthy. She spent a year in Europe developing her artistic practice.

Kylie Hunter is a classical teacher, was Ballet School Principal and Artistic Director of National Capital Dancers 1997–2012 after training with Janet Karin and Australian Ballet School.

Michelle Norris originally trained as a dancer, and now teaches Vinyasa Krama yoga, a traditional flowing yoga practice focusing on alignment and flexibility.

Laura Pearce trained in the UK, running her own dance school for 20 years. She holds a BA (Hons) in Dance Education, and teaches dance at Merici College.

Ruth Osborne, Artistic Director of QL2 Dance, with over 40 years experience performing, teaching, choreographing, directing, and mentoring. She won the 2011 Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance, and was Artistic Director of the Awards for 2012 and 2013.

Alison Plevey is a teacher, dance and physical theatre artist, creator and improviser. She is the co-director of physical theatre company, Lingua Franca.

Jamie Winbank is a dance and improvisation artist, choreographer and arts administrator. A WAAPA graduate, he is also a national trainer and presenter with the worlds largest international group fitness provider.

ENROL!

You can join our classes at any point during the term. To enrol for stand-alone, Junior, or Intermediate programs, just come in to the office 20 minutes before one of the classes. For the Senior and Pre-Tertiary programs, call us to discuss the programs with Artistic Director Ruth Osborne.

You can also make a persoanl  appointment with Ruth to discuss which class program is best for you or your child, learn about our 2016 projects, and get advice about other dance activities.

QL2 Dance — Office (A Block),
Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon

Enquiries: 6247 3103 or admin@ql2.org.au

 

Audition registration “EAT!”

UPDATE 15 August 2016:

Audition is over. If you missed it, phone us on 02 62473103 or email director@QL2.org.au —  we might be able to organise something. No promises! imageblock-for-web

The audition will take place from 1pm – 4pm on Sunday 14 August, and will be in the form of a dance workshop taken by our Artistic Director Ruth Osborne, with a small panel of dance specialists assessing the group. Your aim in the workshop should be: 1. To have a good time 2. Stay relaxed 3. Meet other dancers, and 4. Perhaps gain entry into this project (in that order!)Remember that we are looking for a variety of skills, so don’t be put off by others seeming to be more experienced in one form of dance or another – just enjoy yourself! AUDITION WORKSHOP

Date Sunday, 14 August 2016
Time 1pm to 4pm  (arrive at 12.45pm)
Venue QL2 Dance Studio, Gorman Arts Centre, Batman Street, Braddon
Clothes Comfortable dance clothes with fitted upper body to see body line. Bare feet preferred.
Bring A bottle of water, and a willingness to create!

EAT! is an awesome opportunity for young dancers (8–16) to work with great choreographers. Contribute ideas to the show, and perform!

This is a creation and performance project for younger and less experienced dancers. You will collaborate with choreographers and fellow dancers, develop creative and dance skills, and build confidence in a challenging yet fun environment. For many, this “Chaos” project is preparation for our Quantum Leap ensemble in later years. And plenty of older dancers are involved: challenging themselves, and inspiring younger ones.

 

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What moves the “Connected” cast — and why you should see it.

add-as-button-200pxConnected was on at Canberra Playhouse, Wednesday 27–Saturday 30 July.

Wondering why the project is important, even if you can’t get to see it?  Let’s hear what some of the dancers have to say. Or you can find out more about the show here.

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When I was very young, I was the most uncoordinated child ever! My parents enrolled me in a local ballet school, hoping it would help with my coordination. To this day it has done nothing for my coordination. However, in exploring different styles of dance I have found something I am incredibly passionate about. At QL2 the talent is outstanding, the creativity within the youth ensemble is unbelievable. It feels wonderful to be able to create work and collaborate with such passionate people. It’s an experience that I have never seen anywhere else. We aren’t taught steps at QL2, we are taught to be confident in what we make and we are continuously given opportunity to excel.

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Feathers in hospital wards, dance everywhere

[Ed: Liz Lea had a Curated Residency at QL2 to work on Taking Flight as part of Dance Week 2016]

Taking Flight is the name of a show I created for the National Library of Australia in 2012.

It was fitting to reuse the name and reform parts of the work and costumes for a new piece that we created in 2 days (!) at QL2 Studios. I am thrilled to have had a Curated Residency to work with Olivia Fyfe, Susanna Defraia and Jamie Winbank.

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2015 — what a year it was!

Photos of printed report IMG_07682015 was a very big year for QL2 Dance — and before we all forget, let’s have a recap of the year!  You can read our full annual report below. Or Email us if you want a printed copy.

There’s lots of information about what we did, and why, and how it went. Lots of quotes from young participants and older artists. A very long list of alumni and what they are up to. All the usual annual report factsand figures. And some great photos by Lorna Sim.

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