Choreographers invitation “On Course 2014”: development & performance opportunity

[Update 23 October. Well, its past the application deadline, but if you are keen, contact us now! ]

On Course is a choreographers’ project for tertiary students. You get a mentored 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 with mentoring; publicity; administrative support; rehearsal space and performance venue; and by timetabling choreographers, dancers, time and space.

On Course is for students at University or university-level courses (including equivalent courses overseas, and NAISDA). You can be in any year.

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

On Course is about choreographic development — for you and the dancers. You need to be ready to develop your work: to welcome engagement and critical feedback during development from Artistic Director Ruth Osborne and others; and to respond to performance notes positively. You need to commit to the full development time: an initial group workshop, tech rehearsals, and performances; plus six rehearsals of 3 hours, Costumes, props, makeup and lighting or other effects need to be kept to a minimum: there are many works and not a lot of time. If any of these requirements are a problem, and you are still keen to participate, contact us!

Your work can be up to 8 minutes: no longer.  It may be a reworking or extension of an original composition made for uni, or a new piece you develop here.

If you have dancers who want to come to Canberra to work with you, that’s great! Depending on your request, we may allocate other tertiary students or senior dancers from our Quantum Leap ensemble. We expect that you will also be available to work as a dancer in one other piece. Some dancers are asked to be in many pieces, and this becomes very difficult. The Artistic Director has final say on who is in which group, and any changes.

This is a highly subsidised project — the only direct cost to you is a $60 registration fee if you are accepted. You will need to cover your own accommodation and travel costs.


  • Project meeting and workshop Sunday 30 November
  • Rehearsals/development Monday 1 – Friday 12 December
  • Technical rehearsals 12 & 13 December
  • Performances 13 December & 14 December at the QL2 Theatre, Gorman House Arts Centre.


We will do a massive juggling act to try to satisfy everyone’s requests for dancers, without creating a totally crazy schedule for anyone. To make this process easier, we expect you to be available for any of the time slots listed below. Your rehearsal schedule will include six 3-hour time slots for your own work; and another six 3-hour time slots for each work you are dancing in. So, the minimum time commitment is the introduction workshop, technical days and performances plus 18 hours per piece.

Sunday 30 November (Project meeting and workshop) 2pm-5pm
Mon 1 December – Fri 5 December & Mon 8 December – Thursday 11 December 9am – 12pm 12pm – 3pm 3pm – 6pm 6pm – 9pm
Friday 12 December — TECH everyone required 11am – 9pm
Saturday 13 December — TECH, dress run, performance everyone required 9am – 8pm
Sunday 14 December — notes, run, performance, debrief everyone required 2pm – 8pm

If you are not available on a particular day or at a particular time, you will need to tell us, and this may affect your application.

If you need to speak to me directly, please phone or email

Please submit your application online by 22 October 2014. The panel will assess your application quickly and contact you by the end of October.

APPLY: Online form here.

Ruth Osborne, Artistic Director, QL2 Dance I can be reached at QL2 Dance on 02 6247 3103, or on my mobile 0418 943 857 Here’s some photos from On Course 2013.


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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.