2017 class programs: develop, dance, create, strengthen

(Updated 28/9/17)

TERM 4 2017: 
Senior and Pre-Tertiary programs: Monday 9 October to Friday 8 December 2017
All other programs: Monday 16 October to Friday 8 December 2017
(These start a week late, because many are involved in our Not like the others project)

Want to enrol?

Just call us on 02 62473103 or email admin@QL2.org.au.

We have programs of regular classes for junior (8+) through to pre-professional dancers. They prepare you for other programs at QL2, and for tertiary level courses. Prices, paid per term, start at $14.50 per class, with big discounts as you do more classes making it less than $7 per hour for the highest program. Each program has a set schedule of classes, from one to six per week. Click below for program details, frequently asked questions and information about our teachers.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Programs

Click on a program below to see more.

Stand-alone entry-level for boys (approx. ages 8-12)

Stand-alone entry-level classes: 1 hour/week. Approx. ages 8–12.
Provides an introduction to QL2. Especially suitable if you have limited time to commit to dance.

Term 4 fee: $116 (8 weeks)

  Day Arrival Start End  
Licence to Move Thursday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 5:30 pm A boys only class, providing a masculine introduction to dance, with movement based in gymnastics, sports and hip-hop.

Junior A Program: 2 classes/week (approx. ages 8-12)

Junior A Program: 2×1-hour classes/week. Approx. ages 8–12.
Fundamental training for younger dancers, with two classes running consecutively. Designed for girls and boys who are committed to dance, and may want to audition for our “Chaos” performance project.

Term 4 fee: $216 (8 weeks)

  Day Arrival Start End  
Classical 1 Thursday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 5:30 pm An introduction to classical technique for contemporary dancers.
Contemporary 1 Thursday (Follows above) 5:40 pm 6:40 pm Introductory contemporary dance training with a variety of movement styles, creativity and technique.

Junior B (boys) Program: 2 classes/week (approx. ages 8-12)

Junior B (boys) Program: 2×1-hour classes/week. Approx. ages 8–12.
Fundamental training for younger boys, with two classes running consecutively including the boys-only “Licence to Move.” Designed for boys who are committed to dance, and may want to audition

for our “Chaos” performance project.

Term 4 fee: $216 (8 weeks)

  Day Arrival Start End  
Licence to Move Thursday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 5:30 pm A boys only class, providing a masculine introduction to dance, with movement based in gymnastics, sports and hip-hop.
Contemporary 1 Thursday (Follows above) 5:40 pm 6:40 pm Introductory contemporary dance training with a variety of movement styles, creativity and technique.

Intermediate Program: 3 or 4 classes/week (approx. ages 11-16)

Intermediate Program: 3 or 4 classes/week; 3¾ or 5 hours/week.
Approx. ages 11-16. Designed for dancers with some contemporary dance experience, or excellence in other movement disciplines. Three classes a week (or four with optional yoga) to build skills, strength, fitness and choreographic awareness.

Term 4 fee: $300, or $368 with optional Yoga. (8 weeks)

  Day Arrival Start End  
Stretch & Conditioning 2 Monday 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 6:00 pm Accelerated strength, flexibility, and alignment for contemporary dance.
Contemporary 2 Wednesday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 5:45 pm Develop contemporary technique and skills. Engaging in a variety of movement styles, creativity and technique activities.
Classical 2 Wednesday (Follows above) 6:00 pm 7:15 pm Foundation level classical technique for contemporary dancers.
OPTIONAL
Yoga for Dancers
Friday 4:45 pm 5:00 pm 6:15 pm A yoga approach to strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness for dance.
NB Offsite at SOULution Yoga.

InterPlus Program: 4 or 5 classes/week (approx. ages 13-16)

InterPlus Program: 4 or 5 classes/week; 5¼ or 6½ hours/week.
Approx. ages 13-16. A new program with a faster progression, designed for dancers with strong contemporary dance experience, or excellence in other movement disciplines, who might aspire to a career in dance. Four classes a week (or five with optional yoga) to enhance and extend skills, strength, fitness and choreographic knowledge.

Term 4 fee: $368, or $420 with optional Yoga. (8 weeks)

  Day Arrival Start End  
Stretch & Conditioning 2 Monday 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 6:00 pm Accelerated strength, flexibility, and alignment for contemporary dance.
Classical 3 Monday (Follows above) 6:00 pm 7:15 pm Intermediate level classical technique for contemporary dancers.
Contemporary 3 Wednesday 5:45 pm 6:00 pm 7:30 pm Strong contemporary technique and skills training. A challenging technique and movement class including advanced creative and improvisation activities.
Classical 4 Thursday 5:15pm 5:30pm 6:45pm Intermediate level classical technique for contemporary dancers.
OPTIONAL
Yoga for Dancers
Friday 4:45 pm 5:00 pm 6:15 pm A yoga approach to strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness for dance.
NB Offsite at SOULution Yoga.

Senior Program: 4 or 5 classes/week (approx. ages 14-20)

Senior Program: 4 or 5 classes/week ; 5¾ or 7 hours/week.
Approx. ages 14–20. An exciting and challenging program for dancers in, or auditioning for, our Quantum Leap projects.

Term 4 fee: $414, or $472 with optional Yoga. (9 weeks)

  Day Arrival Start End  
Stretch & Conditioning 3 Monday 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 6:00 pm Advanced strength, flexibility, balance training.
Contemporary 4 Monday (Follows above) 6:00 pm 7:30 pm Challenging contemporary movement styles, creativity, improvisation and technique.
Classical 5 Wednesday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 6:00 pm Advanced level classical technique for contemporary dancers.
Contemporary 3 Wednesday 5:45 pm 6:00 pm 7:30 pm Strong contemporary technique and skills training. A challenging technique and movement class including advanced creative and improvisation activities.
OPTIONAL
Yoga for Dancers
Friday 4:45 pm 5:00 pm 6:15 pm A yoga approach to strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness for dance.
NB Offsite at SOULution Yoga.

Pre-Tertiary Program: 6 classes/week (approx. ages 14-20)

Pre-Tertiary Program: 6 classes/week; 8¾ hours/week.
Approx. ages 14–20. A more challenging and complete program with a faster progression, designed for committed dancers aiming to audition for full time dance training or university courses.

Term 4 fee: $540 (9 weeks)

  Day Arrival Start End  
Stretch & Conditioning 3 Monday 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 6:00 pm Advanced strength, flexibility, balance training.
Contemporary 4 Monday (Follows above) 6:00 pm 7:30 pm Challenging contemporary movement styles, creativity, improvisation and technique.
Classical 6 Tuesday 4:30pm 4:45 pm 6:30 pm Advanced classical coaching for contemporary dancers. Strength, alignment and technique; pointe if appropriate.
Contemporary 5 Tuesday (Follows above) 6:30 pm 8:00 pm A more demanding and challenging contemporary training class with elements of improvisation and technique.
Classical 5 Wednesday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 6:00 pm Advanced level classical technique for contemporary dancers.
Yoga for Dancers Friday 4:45 pm 5:00 pm 6:15 pm A yoga approach to strength, flexibility, balance and body awareness for dance.
NB Offsite at SOULution Yoga.

FAQ

How our Training Programs work

We have programs of regular classes for junior (8+) through to pre-professional dancers. They prepare you for other programs at QL2, and for tertiary level courses. We adjust the price for each term, to account for public holidays etc.

Prices, paid per term, start at $14.50 per class, with big discounts as you do more classes making it less than $7 per hour for the highest program. Each program has a set schedule of classes, from one to six per week.

Why classes? Is QL2 a dance school?

No, not really. Our classes for ages 8 through to pre-professional are based on training, developing and maintaining skills for our projects, eg Quantum Leap at the Playhouse; or our Junior performance project Chaos. They also prepare young artists who are planning to audition for one of the university dance courses, like WAAPA, VCA, NAISDA, AC Arts or QUT.
Our projects — and our classes — are not just about learning moves and training your body. There is plenty of that, but our primary aim is to develop and nurture young artists. We want the most vibrant young people to emerge as leaders —in or out of dance. We believe the artist in each of you should be developed from an early age.

Which program should I do?

The programs are not based solely on age, but on experience and ability. Entry to any program is subject to final approval by Ruth Osborne. To discuss your class program, come to Enrolment Day, give us a call on 02 62473103 or email to make an appointment.
Each program gives a clear guide to progression, and brings participants up to a greater level of fitness, flexibility, control and creativity — preparation for our main projects!

Can I do a Try-out class?

If you are new to QL2, you can do one Try-out Class at an appropriate level, for $14.50. Our teaching staff will evaluate your ability in that class, and then make a recommendation for your classes Program.

For most programs, send us an email or give us a call to let us know which program you’d like to try-out, then just arrive 20 minutes before one of the classes. For the Senior and Pre-Tertiary programs, call us to discuss the programs with Artistic Director Ruth Osborne.

I attended classes in 2016. What now?

If you attended our classes in 2016, we will send you an email recommending your 2017 program. If you don’t get the email, please contact us.

How long are the classes?

The length of each class is tailored to the level and content: from 60–105 minutes. Classes for younger dancers have breaks; the senior program has some classes which run straight on.

Do I have to do every class every week?

By signing up, you are agreeing to full attendance each week. If you cannot attend a class during the term then you need to contact us. If you miss too many classes, we will move you down to a lower level program.

Can I do classes casually?

No. All classes have been designed to be taken term by term. There is no casual weekly class entry, except by special arrangement.

I can't do the whole program each week. Are there exemptions?

If you cannot attend certain classes in a program, you can choose to take a program at a lower level with fewer classes.

If you are doing a suitable, equivalent class elsewhere, you can apply to Artistic Director Ruth Osborne for a specific exemption for that class.

Otherwise, there is no part program enrolment.

Can I start in the middle of term?

You can start with us part-way through the term. If you are not able to attend the whole term, discuss with Artistic Director Ruth Osborne and we can probably give you a part-term program. Term lengths vary, and some classes do not run when they clash with projects.

Can I pay by the week?

Term fees are due in advance, and must be paid by week 2.

If you have difficulty paying, please contact us to arrange a payment plan for your term fees.

If you are financially disadvantaged, we have a bursaries program that may reduce the fees by 20–100%. Apply in advance, setting out your situation. Bursaries are assessed confidentially by our Chair and Artistic Director.

We have financial problems. Can you help?

Generally, term fees are due in advance, and must be paid by week 2.

If you have difficulty paying, please contact us to arrange a payment plan for your term fees.

If you are financially disadvantaged, we have a bursaries program that may reduce the fees by 20–100%. Apply in advance, setting out your situation. Bursaries are assessed confidentially by our Chair and Artistic Director.

What should I wear?

We do not have a compulsory QL2 uniform.

We do have guidelines and requirements for clothing, footwear and hair. We need you to wear clothes that don’t show too much skin, but let the teacher see your body lines. They need to be safe and practical. You should bring a water bottle into every class.

The requirements are minimal for stand-alone classes, but as you progress they become more strict. For classical classes, we gradually move you to a form of classical dance clothing. In the advanced classes, this helps prepare you for auditions.

We can send you a clothing requirements sheet for each classes program — contact us!

What are your prices?

Base price per class per week is $14.50, with heavy discounts the more classes in your program— eg 14% less for 3 classes ($37.50/week); and 31% off for 6 classes ($60/week) which makes it less than $7 per hour.

Generally, term fees are due in advance, and must be paid by week 2.

If you have difficulty paying, please contact us to arrange a payment plan for your term fees.

If you are financially disadvantaged, we have a bursaries program that may reduce the fees by 20–100%. Apply in advance, setting out your situation. Bursaries are assessed confidentially by our Chair and Artistic Director.

Our Teachers

Our teachers are practicing dance artists and trained educators, plus visiting guest teachers when visiting companies and independent dance artists are in town. Our regular teachers include:

Olivia Fyfe is a teacher and contemporary dancer. A WAAPA graduate, she has worked with Fiona Malone and Cadi McCarthy. She spent a year in Europe developing her artistic practice.

Kylie Hunter is a classical teacher, was Ballet School Principal and Artistic Director of National Capital Dancers 1997–2012 after training with Janet Karin and the Australian Ballet School.

Laura Pearce trained in the UK, running her own dance school for 20 years. She holds a BA (Hons) in Dance Education, and teaches dance at Merici College.

Ruth Osborne, Artistic Director of QL2 Dance, with over 40 years experience performing, teaching, choreographing, directing, and mentoring. She won the 2011 Australian Dance Award for Services to Dance, and was Artistic Director of the Awards for 2012 and 2013.

Alison Plevey is a teacher, dance and physical theatre artist, creator and improviser. She is the co-director of physical theatre company, Lingua Franca; and is Party Leader of Canberra’s newest dance company, Australian Dance Party.

Stephen Gow is a teacher and dancer in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Acrobatics and Breakdancing. He is also a member of street performing crew Beat the Streets, and toured with “Cypher”, a bboy theatre show created by Nick Power.

Sally Pinder is an experienced ballet teacher, with syllabus experience of ATOD and RAD. She has a BA in Sports Coaching, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management, and the Ausdance Skill Set for Teaching Dance.

Jess Ausserlechner is an independent dancer, teacher and curator from the ACT. A WAAPA honours graduate, she has performed in numerous productions with the West Australian Ballet Company.

Michelle Norris originally trained as a dancer, and now teaches Vinyasa Krama yoga, a traditional flowing yoga practice focusing on alignment and flexibility.

ENROL!

You can join our classes at any point during the term. For most programs, send us an email or give us a call to let us know which program you’d like to try-out, then just arrive 20 minutes before one of the classes. For the Senior and Pre-Tertiary programs, call us to discuss the programs with Artistic Director Ruth Osborne.

You can also make a personal appointment with Ruth to discuss which class program is best for you or your child, learn about our 2017 projects, and get advice about other dance activities.

QL2 Dance — Office (A Block),
Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon

Enquiries: 6247 3103 or admin@ql2.org.au

 

This entry was posted in 2017 by Gary. Bookmark the permalink.

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.

One thought on “2017 class programs: develop, dance, create, strengthen

  1. Pingback: 2016 Training Programs: great teachers, great classes | QL2 Dance, in Canberra Australia.

Comments are closed.