Book now!  Dance students from Universities around Australia are coming to Canberra to create and present new short works: a glimpse into the next generation of contemporary dance and physical theatre.


Here’s a selection of some of the amazing works from last years’ On Course.

What the critics said (2015):

“…a particularly strong program of imaginative, skilful and entertaining dance works.  I’m looking forward already to next year’s program.”  Len Power

“…extraordinary, thoughtful and entertaining…carefully crafted, choreographed and produced”  Lyn Mills


7 pm 16 &17 December 2016
QL2 Theatre,
Gorman Arts Centre
55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon
Duration: ~80 Minutes (no interval) + optional Q&A

Tickets: $16, $12.
Online: trybooking.com
Or at the door, 30 minutes before each show until sold out


Admin: come and work with us! Part time, permanent from 31 January 2017


Are you a people-oriented, detail-minded person with a passion for the arts?

We are looking for an Administrator/ Admin Assistant to work with the day to day running of the QL2 office in Canberra. This is a permanent appointment to start ~31 January 2017, 18–28 hours per week (negotiable). Indigo—our current admin person—has been wonderful, but she is moving on next year.

“You find yourself sitting right in the heart of this creative community…you’re always working for something special and bigger than yourself.” Indigo

Is this your new desk?

Is this your new desk?

It is an opportunity to work with QL2 Dance: an exciting non-profit arts organisation.  You will work with the fulltime staff — Artistic Director Ruth Osborne and General Manager Gary Barnes— plus a wide range of independent dance artists, teachers and choreographers; and of course fantastic creative young people (aged 8-26).

Ideally 70% of full time; but may be negotiated between 50% and 75%. Wages are negotiable in line with skills and experience. Days and hours are variable and negotiable within operational requirements, generally within 10am–7pm on 4 weekdays; core times for reception include 4–6.30pm Monday–Thursday.

Necessary: demonstrated front office, reception and administration ability
Preferable: passion for arts with young people

Working with Vulnerable People card required.

Contact Gary Barnes manager@QL2.org.au for more information and how to apply: applications by Monday 5 December 2016.

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.

“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.