8 Leapers join Australian Youth Dance Festival

Ruth and the eight dancers

Artistic Director Ruth Osborne (centre) with the eight dancers (clockwise from left): Alana Stenning, Luke Fryer, Nasim Patel , Alex Abbot, Ryan Stone, Oonagh Slater, Madeleine Towler Lovell, and Darcy Read.

And they’re off!

Eight young Canberra contemporary dancers  from our “Quantum Leap” ensemble have just arrived at  Renmark, South Australia for a national week-long intensive dance event — The Australian Youth Dance Festival (AYDF) run by Ausdance. They will represent Canberra at the festival, and later this year, in Bangkok and then at the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow.Aged 16-19, Alana Stenning, Luke Fryer, Nasim Patel , Alex Abbot, Ryan Stone, Oonagh Slater, Madeleine Towler Lovell, and Darcy Read have worked with choreographer James Batchelor to create “Cinders”, which incorporates live dance, screen projection and an original score by Melbourne based composer, Morgan Hickinbotham. “Cinders” will be presented in a showcase in Renmark, then an expanded version will appear in July at Canberra Playhouse, as part of QL2 Dance’s season “Boundless”.

Nasim s

They worked at QL2’s home at Gorman House Arts Centre for two weeks full time in January with James, who is returning to Quantum Leap where he started contemporary dance 13 years ago.  He is now an award-winning independent dancemaker based in Melbourne.

So, after a 5am start, volunteer Tour Manager Jamie WInbank with our chaperones Maureen and Mark Read have just driven the dancers all the way to Renmark, ready to start!  The dancers are hyped, ready for action, looking forward to an amazing week with nationally-recognised workshop leaders including Kristina Chan, Larissa McGowan, Sani Townson and AYDF Artistic Director Adam Wheeler.

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PHOTOS: LORNA SIM

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About Gary

Gary is General Manager at QL2 Dance, previously General Manager at the Australian Choreographic Centre which developed the approach to youth dance programs which forms the core of QL2’s work. He is a recovering computer programmer and live sound engineer. He discovered social dance through contemporary dance.