2017 class programs: develop, dance, create, strengthen


Missed enrolment day? No problem.
Just call us on 02 64273103 or email admin@QL2.org.au.

TERM 1 2017: Monday 30 January – Friday 7 April 2017
Public holidays: Monday 13 March (Canberra Day)

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 making it less than $7 per hour for the highest program. Each program has a set schedule of classes, from one to six per week. Click below for program details, frequently asked questions and information about our teachers.

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Primary teachers: book now for MAKE A MOVE professional development


Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 10.42.52 amMAKE A MOVE primary school teacher professional development will help you deliver the dance curriculum — even if you don’t dance!
MAKE A MOVE helps primary teachers to deliver dance outcomes aligning with the Australian Curriculum: the Arts It is a program of integrated learning activities that expose teachers, schools and students to dance as education, much more than the 5,6,7 8 steps! Includes shoulder to shoulder programs and seminars.
Program details and booking info here.

Audition! 2017 Quantum Leap — “This poisoned sea”

AUDITION: Missed the audition? Keen to be in the project? Contact Artistic Director Ruth Osborne by email or phone 0418 943 857. Sunday 12 February (1–5pm) at QL2 Studio, Gorman Arts Centre.
Pre-registration is essential — fill in the form on this page! And arrive 15 minutes early.

This Poisoned Sea is QL2 Dance’s major project for the year for the Quantum Leap ensemble (ages 15+). Creative young people from in and around Canberra will form the ensemble, and collaborate with three choreographers. Celebrated West Australian choreographer Claudia Alessi will bring her extensive background in physical theatre; she will be joined by two QL2 alumni: Jack Ziesing (ex- Expressions Dance Company) returns; and Eliza Sanders brings an exciting new voice to contemporary youth dance.

They will work under the artistic direction of QL2 Artistic Director Ruth Osborne, with Pip Buining as DramaturgInternational visitors will also join the ensemble for the final weeks of the project. Continue reading

“Hot to Trot”: New. Short. Young. Contemporary. Dance.

New short works by Canberra’s own new young choreographers from QL2’s Quantum Leap ensemble.

Physical, thoughtful, serious, fun.

Milly Vanzwol, Caroline de Wan, Ruby Ballantyne, Jason Pearce, Natsuko Yonezawa, Ursula Taylor, Tahi Atea, Gabriel Sinclair, Patricia Hayes Cavanagh, Shantelle Wise-McCourt.

Mentor & Producer: Ruth Osborne

7pm 26 & 27 November 2016
QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre
55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon

Tickets: $15, $10.
Online: https://www.trybooking.com/242475 (30c fee)
Or at the door, from 30 minutes before each show till sold out.


7pm 26 & 27 November 2016
QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre
55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon

Tickets: $15, $10.
Online: https://www.trybooking.com/242475 (30c fee)
Or at the door, from 30 minutes before each show till sold out.

“On Course” 2016: choreographic project for tertiary dance students

APPLY: Online form hereOn Course 2016 is a mentored choreographers’ project for tertiary students. It is an opportunity to choreograph, develop and present a short work, with two public performances.  A panel will select the participating choreographers from the applications received. QL2 Dance will support you by timetabling choreographers, dancers, time and space; mentoring; publicity; administrative support; rehearsal space and performance venue.  On Course is for students at university or university-level courses (including NAISDA, NICA, and equivalent courses overseas). You can be in any year.

If you don’t want to choreograph, but want to dance in someone else’s work, please also put in an application.

You can read reviews of On Course 2015 here and here. And below are some photos by Lorna Sim.

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“Uncoordinated teen” to Artistic Director


Caitlin Comerford. PHOTO: Neil Richardson, The Examiner

Ed: Caitlin Comerford is of one three choreographers in QL2’s  EAT!, performing 14 & 15 October 2016 in Canberra..

I have been fortunate enough to spend the last couple of weeks with QL2 Dance in Canberra, creating EAT!, the 2016 “Chaos” project. Working with this incredible team I am reminded of the power and tenacity of our young people. I am so inspired by their energy, charisma and enthusiasm, and cannot wait to see them rock out at Theatre 3 next week.

Just over two months ago I took on the role of Artistic Director at Stompin, a youth dance company based in Launceston, Tasmania. I am over the moon about my new position and so excited to see what the future holds. I am  passionate about youth dance in Australia and a lot of this stems from my experience with QL2. This organisation has been the backbone of my career in dance; from the moment I walked through the doors as an uncoordinated teen, the experience and training steering me to study dance at university, providing me with the foundation I needed to be an independent artist, offering me one of my first professional gigs, and now as they mentor me in my new role as A.D. QL2 is an inspiration and a vital component of the wider Australian dance landscape.

What seems really special about this project is recognising that I am a part of a bigger picture. I am working not only with QL2’s Artist Director, Ruth Osborne but also with Jamie Winbank and Jack Ziesing. The three of us grew up dancing together at QL2 and it feels a little bit magic being back in the same space, with the same people, just in a different role. On the flip side, as a choreographer and a teacher, I know without a doubt that in few years I will be heading to Carriageworks in Sydney or Malthouse in Melbourne or perhaps the Playhouse here in Canberra to watch QL2 alumni perform. These young people are so talented and so well equipped to be the next generation of professional contemporary dancers.
Caitlin Comerford

Read more about EAT!  here.


3 performances only
14 & 15 October 2016
7pm Friday, 3pm & 6pm Saturday
Theatre 3   3 Repertory Lane, Acton ACT
$20 full | $15 conc | $12 under 15
(Fees apply for online & phone bookings)
Tickets: book online or phone 6257 1950 until Friday afternoon.
After that, tickets at the door 30 minutes before each show until sold out.

or go to Theatre 3 (Mon–Fri 10am–4pm)

“EAT!” is suitable for all ages, although parents of very young children should note that it will include loud sounds and music, and times where audience quiet is required.