Audition registration — ALL THE THINGS

Update: the audition was held Sunday 16 August. If you missed the audition, and are desperate to do the project, contact us:

The audition will be in the form of a dance workshop.  Your aim in the workshop should be to have a good time, stay relaxed, meet other dancers and perhaps gain entry into this project (in that order!)


Date Sunday, 16 August 2014
Time 1pm to 4 pm  (arrive at 12.45pm)
Venue QL2 Dance Studio, Gorman House Arts Centre, Batman Street, Braddon
Clothes Comfortable dance clothes with fitted upper body to see body line [bare feet preferable]
Bring A bottle of water
Photo       Please bring a photo of yourself if it is not attached to your application

An awesome opportunity for young dancers (8–16) to work with great choreographers. Contribute ideas to the show, and perform!

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“All the things” image excerpt copyright Allie Brosh. See her work here:

Every year we run a creation and performance project for dancers who are maybe younger, maybe less experienced. In this “Chaos” project, dancers collaborate with choreographers and fellow dancers, develop creative and dance skills, and build confidence in a challenging yet fun environment. For many, this is preparation for our Quantum Leap ensemble in later years. And plenty of older dancers are involved: challenging themselves, and inspiring younger ones.

In ALL THE THINGS you will help create a full-length dance work over three months, with 30-40 other dancers. It will be developed at QL2 Dance’s studios at Gorman Arts Centre, and performed at Theatre 3 in Acton.  ALL THE THINGS explores all the things we want; and all the things we think we have to do. How we get the things? Do we need the things? How important are the things anyway?  And do we really have to do all those things?

(“All the things” image excerpt copyright Allie Brosh.
See her work here: You can buy shirts!)

There are three great choreographers to work with you under Artistic Director Ruth  Osborne.

JoshJosh Lowe is a Tasmanian born dancer, choreographer and producer. A VCA graduate, Josh is regularly engaged as a choreographer for professional, youth and community-based works; including the youth dance company DRILL, which he founded in 2007.

2014 Strange Attractor_head shots cropppedAlison Plevey is a WAAPA graduate, dance artist, physical theatre performer, performance maker and half of dance and physical theatre company Lingua Franca. She recently created and performed WORK IT for You Are Here and Art Not Apart festivals.

Jamie Winbank Head Shot 2Jamie Winbank is an independent music theatre and dance artist, choreographer and producer; and an International Presenter and Trainer for Les Mills.

The performances

Theatre 3, Acton. Suitable for families, primary & secondary students
Friday 16 October @ 7pm and Saturday 17 October @ 3pm & 6pm.
Note that no video or photography is allowed during the performances.

How to get into ALL THE THINGS

Register online below. In the free audition workshop, we will lead you through a dance class and some fun tasks and creative games. You don’t have to prepare — but it will definitely help if you are doing some dance classes before you start. We want lots of different kinds of dancers to have a go.

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(“All the things” image copyright Allie Brosh)

The schedule

You will be creating the work with the choreographers, so you can’t miss anything!

Register by Monday 10 August 


(No applications on the day of the audition)

Audition  Sunday 16 August
Sundays  6, 13, 20 September  12:30–4:30pm
School holidays: Intensive workshops
Tues 29 September – Sat 3 October
Mon 5 – Sat 10 October
9–2:30pm (Juniors); 9 – 3pm (Seniors)

Production & performance: Wed 14 – Sat 17 October Times TBA

Classes are essential!

You need to attend regular dance classes, with us or elsewhere. You can enrol in our stand-alone classes: Junior Licence to Move (boys 8-14 years), or Beginners Contemporary (mixed 8-16 years). We also have a Junior Program (mixed 8-16 years) with two classes a week: Classical and Contemporary;  or the Intermediate Program (mixed 11-16 years) with three classes a week: Classical, Contemporary and Stretch & Conditioning). If you are already doing solid technique classes elsewhere, ask (in writing) for an exemption.


The project is heavily subsidised. The total project cost to you is $350 including project t-shirt. Classes start at $14 with big discounts as you take more classes. You can buy an optional QL2 hoodie too, for $38.

We are a non-profit organization, and keep costs low. We offer bursaries to financially assist you if the cost prevents you being in a project. To make an appointment to discuss this, please phone Ruth Osborne on 0418 943 857.

Who is QL2 Dance?

Australian youth dance at its best – transforming young lives and nurturing Australia’s future dance professionals. We are dedicated to diverse, challenging and rigorous youth dance, which develops the next generation of dance-makers and contributes to a dynamic, caring and diverse society.

We excite our audiences with thoughtful, challenging dance works: the hearts and minds of young people speaking through their bodies. We have presented performances in Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Armidale, Bega, Narooma, Cowra, Jamaica, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan and Scotland to critical and audience acclaim.

We are passionate about extending youth dance beyond training, beyond ‘kids dancing’, to immersive, creative, demanding and ongoing dance experiences. We make a positive difference to the lives of young people whether they continue in dance, or take their passion to other fields.

We run programs for ages 8 – 26 that focus on igniting and developing young peoples creative energy and dance skills. We run classes to develop the physicality  and dance technique of young people. We build a deep understanding of dance making and performance through hands-on projects.

Artistic Director: Ruth Osborne

Ruth is nationally respected for her teaching and choreographic work, having founded and run the Contemporary Dance Centre in WA for 23 years, taught at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts since it inception, been Artistic Director of Perth-based STEPS, and served on many boards including the West Australian Ballet. She has choreographed nationally and internationally for stage, film, television and major events, and has been artistic director of many collaborative choreographic projects for young people. Ruth was Artistic Director of the Australian Dance Awards for 2012 and 2013.

The panel will make decisions about who will join ALL THE THINGS shortly after the audition workshop.  We will mail and email results of the audition. No results will be given by phone. 

Remember that we are looking for a variety of skills, so don’t be put off by others seeming to be more experienced in one form or another — just enjoy yourself and do your best in each section. I look forward to seeing you there, and thanks again for your interest.


(Questions marked with a * must have an answer.)

Basic information about the dancer

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About the dancer’s guardians’s (parents or other) if the dancer is under 18

Photo. We need a clear head or head-and-shoulders photo so we can identify you in the audition. This is not a glamour competition, and how you look in the photo is not part of the selection process.   If you don't have one right now, leave this blank and email it seperately.  But we must have it before the audition!

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