2019 Dance Training Programs: excellence in dance for young people

TERM 1 2019: 

Enrolments are open for Term 1 2019 – Want to enrol? –  Just call us on 02 62473103 or email admin@QL2.org.au.

We have Training 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 for the whole program, start at $15 per class, with big discounts as you do more making it less than $7.50 per hour for the highest program. Each program has a set schedule, from one to six classes per week. Program details, frequently asked questions and information about our teachers below.

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Programs

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Introductory program: single 1½ hour class/week. (approx. ages 8–12)

Introductory program: single 1½ hour class/week. (approx. ages 8-12) A new, fun and lively entry-level program. In a single class, we give an introduction to QL2 with a mix of styles, creative work, and body training.

Term 1 fee: $200 (10 weeks)

  Day Arrival Start End  
Introductory Tuesday 4:00pm 4:15 pm 6:00 pm A single 90 minute class with an introduction to contemporary dance plus grounding in classical technique and creative exercises.

Licence to Move program for boys: 1 class/week (approx. ages 8-12)

Licence to Move program: 1 hour/week. Approx. ages 8–12.
Provides an introduction to QL2 for boys, prior to joining mixed classes.

Term 1 fee: $150 (10 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 keen to dance.

Term 1 fee: $280 (10 weeks)

  Day Arrival Start End  
Classical 1 Thursday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 5:30 pm Classical technique for contemporary dancers.
Contemporary 1 Thursday (Follows above) 5:45 pm 6:45 pm Contemporary dance 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 including the boys-only “Licence to Move.” Designed for boys who are keen to dance.

Term 1 fee: $280 (10 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) 5:45 pm 6:45 pm Contemporary dance 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; 3½ or 4¾ 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 1 fee: $377, or $468 with optional Yoga. (10 weeks)

  Day Arrival Start End  
Stretch & Conditioning 1 Monday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 5:30 pm Introduction to 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 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 6:00 pm (nb earlier time) 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; 5 or 6¼ hours/week.
Approx. ages 13-16. An intermediate 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 1 fee: $456, or $528 with optional Yoga. (10 weeks)

  Day Arrival Start End  
Stretch & Conditioning 2 Monday 5:15 pm 5:30 pm 6:45 pm Strength, flexibility, and alignment for contemporary dance.
Classical 3 Monday (Follows above) 6:45 pm 8:00 pm Intermediate level classical technique for contemporary dance.
Contemporary 3 Thursday 4:15 pm 4:30 pm 5:45 pm Strong contemporary technique and skills training. A challenging technique and movement class including advanced creative and improvisation activities.
Classical 4 Thursday (Follows above) 5:45pm 7:00pm Intermediate level classical technique for contemporary dance.
OPTIONAL
Yoga for Dancers
Friday 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 6:00 pm (nb earlier time) 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. A challenging program for older dancers in, or auditioning for, our projects.

Term 1 fee: $456, or $528 with optional Yoga. (10 weeks) 

  Day Arrival Start End  
Stretch & Conditioning 3 Monday 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 6:00 pm Advanced strength, flexibility, balance training.
Contemporary 5 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 dance.
Contemporary 4 Wednesday (Follows above) 6:00 pm 7:30 pm Higher level contemporary technique and skills training, including advanced creative and improvisation activities.
OPTIONAL
Yoga for Dancers
Friday 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 6:00 pm (nb earlier time) 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; 8½ 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 1 fee: $609 (10 weeks)

  Day Arrival Start End  
Stretch & Conditioning 3 Monday 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 6:00 pm Advanced strength, flexibility, balance training.
Contemporary 5 Monday (Follows above) 6:00 pm 7:30 pm Challenging contemporary movement styles, creativity, improvisation and technique.
Classical 6 Tuesday 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 6:15 pm Advanced classical coaching for contemporary dance. Strength, alignment and technique; pointe if appropriate; audition coaching.
Contemporary 6 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 dance.
Yoga for Dancers Friday 4:30 pm 4:45 pm 6:00 pm (nb earlier time) 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 Training Programs of regular classes for junior (8+) through to pre-professional dancers. Each Program has a set schedule of one to six classes per week, of various kinds and lengths. Training Program levels are based on age, experience and ability.

Payment is per term, with big discounts as you choose a program with more classes.

Why should I do a QL2 Training program?

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 to get into a QL2 project?

If you want to be in our annual Chaos junior project, you should be doing at least one of the Junior Programs, and preferably the Intermediate Program or higher.

To audition for our Quantum Leap ensemble and its range of projects through the year, you should be doing at least the InterPlus Program, and preferably the Senior  or Pre-Tertiary Program.

Entry to any Program is subject to final approval by Ruth Osborne. Contact us to discuss your program, or make an appointment with Ruth.

Can I do a Try-out class?

If you are new to QL2, you can do one or two try-out classes from an appropriate Program, for $15; up to week 7 of the term. Our teaching staff will then evaluate your ability, and recommend a 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 15 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 a QL2 Training Program in 2018. What now?

If you attended our classes in 2018, we will send you an email recommending your 2019 program. If you don’t get the email, please contact us.

How long are the classes?

At the start time of the class, you must be changed and ready to start. Latecomers may be excluded.

The length of each class is tailored to the level and content: from 60–90 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 Training Program.

Can I do classes casually?

No. You can do a trial class; but after that, all Programs 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.

In exceptional cases (eg injury or illness), Ruth will recommend a personal Program.

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?

No. Term fees are due in advance, and must be paid by week 2. If you have difficulty paying in a lump sum, please contact us to arrange a payment plan for your term fees, which will mean all your fees are paid by 3/4 of the way through the term.

We have financial problems. Can you help?

If you have difficulty paying in a lump sum, contact us to arrange a payment plan.

If you are financially disadvantaged, we have a Bursary system 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? Do I need to bring anything else?

You should bring a water bottle into every class. We do not have a compulsory QL2 uniform.

We do have requirements for clothing, footwear and hair, while keeping costs low. 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.

The requirements are minimal for stand-alone classes, but as you progress they become stricter. For classical classes, we gradually move you to a form of classical dance clothing so that by the Pre-Tertiary Program, you are prepared for auditions.

We will send you the separate guidelines for each Program with full details.

What are your prices?

Prices are per Training Program per term; they work out at a base price per standard class per week of $15, with heavy discounts the more classes there are in your program. We adjust the price for each term, to account for public holidays. See the Training Program details for pricing of each program.

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:

Ruth Osborne, Artistic Director of QL2 Dance, has over 40 years’ experience performing, teaching, choreographing, directing, and mentoring.

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.

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

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

Alison Plevey is a teacher, dance and physical theatre artist, creator and improviser. She 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 toured with “Cypher”, a bboy theatre show created by Nick Power.

Alana Stenning is a graduate of the Adelaide College of the Arts, and a QL2 alumni. She currently pwerforms with the Australian Dance Party.

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 15 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 2018 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