“THEN.NOW.WHEN?” a double bill “REBEL” & “CONVERSATIONS” is QL2 Dance’s major project for 2020 for our Quantum Leap ensemble (ages 14+) — which could mean you!

If selected during the free workshop, you will create and perform new work with Artistic Director Ruth Osborne and choreographers Steve Gow, Jack Ziesing and Jodie Farrugia.

Physical, thoughtful, and professionally presented: THEN.NOW.WHEN? is an opportunity for you to collaborate and create with other young dancers.

Activism. Rebellion. Revolution.  When is change coming? Who will make it happen? And how?

“Rebel” – Activism is growing, we need major societal change. We need it now. It happened before… it will happen again. Rebel.
“Conversations” – Movement is a universal language that knows no borders. Two youth dance companies meet in movement, one Thai, the other Australian.

WORKSHOP AUDITION:  Sunday 23 February 1pm-5pm at the QL2 Studio, Gorman Arts Centre. Pre-registration is essential. Please arrive 15 minutes early.


Ages 14-23, with a creative mind and dance, theatre or gymnastics experience.

REHEARSALS: Sundays from 15 March to July (except Easter), ten days over two weeks in April and two week full time in July – in school holidays for most students.

PRODUCTION: Canberra Playhouse, 30 July – 1 August. (you will need to take time off school that week).

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2020 Dance Training Programs: excellence in dance for young people

Want to enrol? –  Call us on 02 6247 3103 or email

We have Training Programs with 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 for the whole program, start at $15 per class, with big discounts as you do more making it less than $7.50 per hour for the highest program. Each program has a set schedule, from one to six classes per week. Program details, frequently asked questions and information about our teachers below.

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On Course 2019

On Course project helps to cross-fertilise dancers from different university dance courses around Australia: they work together, discuss, challenge, create, perform. Canberra dancers returning from full time study interstate get to reconnect with audiences here. And for audiences, it is a great opportunity to see where young dance artists are going — and in the forum, to hear from them about their work, and perhaps to influence that direction!”

Works by Amelia Vanzwol, Caroline De Wan, Caspar Ilshner, Christopher Wade, Gabriel Sinclair, Jason Pearce, Karlia Cook, Lara Dorling, Marcel Cole, Mia Tuco, Otto Kosok, Patricia Hayes Cavanagh & Ruby Ballantyne.

After each performance there will be an optional forum and Q&A with the choreographers and dancers.14 December 7pm and 15 December 3pm & 7pm

QL2 Theatre
Gorman Arts Centre
55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon
Duration: ~90 Minutes + optional Q&A

Tickets: $15, $10.
Online: Eventbrite
Or at the door, 30 minutes before each show until sold out

Hot to Trot 2019

23 & 24 Nov 7pm – QL2 Theatre

Canberra’s 2019 Quantum Leap dancers in their own short dance works.

Choreographers: Amalia Socha, Christopher Wade, Danny Riley, Ela Parsons, Hollie Knowles, Jett Chudleigh, Penelope Amoore & Sarah Long.

Provocateur, Mentor & Producer: Ruth Osborne

Tickets available on eventbrite

“On Course” 2019: choreographic project for tertiary dance students


Application form at the end of this page

On Course is a choreographers’ project for tertiary students: to develop your artistic voice, leadership, and audience relationship. You get an opportunity to develop a short work, with two public performances.  QL2 Dance will support you: by timetabling choreographers, dancers, time, rehearsal space and performance venue; with production and marketing; and by challenging and guiding you. On Course is for students at university or university-level courses (including equivalent courses overseas, and NAISDA). You can be in any year. A panel will select the participating choreographers from the applications received.

On Course is a great opportunity to break out of the constraints of study, to work in a non-assessed, critical but supportive environment. You can develop and test choreographic and theatrical ideas and processes; and work with dancers and choreographers from around Australia to build your dance network. Continue reading