“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.

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 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 choreographers 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 a Choreographic Mentor; 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 dancers from our Quantum Leap pre-tertiary ensemble. We expect that you will also be available to work as a dancer in at least 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 $65 registration fee if you are accepted. There is no fee for dancers. You will need to cover your own accommodation and travel costs.


  • Project meeting and workshop Saturday 3 December
  • Rehearsals/development Sunday 4 December – Thursday 15 December
  • Technical rehearsals 15-16 December
  • Performances Friday 16 & Saturday 17 December at the QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre
  • If your university commitments mean you can’t be here in the first week — contact us! Email QL2 Dance, or phone Director  Ruth Osborne — 02 6247 3103, or 0418 943 857


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 time commitment is:

  • the introduction workshop,
  • 18 hours per piece 
  • technical days and performances


Saturday 3 December
(Project meeting and workshop)
Sun 4 Dec – Fri 9 December &
Mon 12 – Thurs 15 December
9am – 12pm
12.15pm – 3.15pm
3.30pm – 6.30pm
6.30pm – 9.30pm
Thursday 15 December — TECH
everyone required
11am – 9pm
Friday 16 December —
TECH, dress run, performance
everyone required
9am – 8pm
Sat 17 December — notes, run, performance
everyone required
2pm – 8pm

If you are not available on a particular day or at a particular time, you must 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 1 November 2016. The panel will assess your application quickly and contact you by 7 November.

Ruth Osborne, Artistic Director, QL2 Dance
I can be reached on email at QL2 Dance, on 02 6247 3103,
or on my mobile 0418 943 857.