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.

A little bit flashy: Alison @NPG

Ed: Alison Plevey’s Australian Dance Party is Company in Residence at QL2 Dance — sharing spaces and experiences with our young dancers, and creating great dance in unsual places.

“We have kicked off the creative adventures for Australian Dance Party in 2018 with a little bit of red carpet.

Leaning into the cross arts, fun, social elements of the Party, I have been lucky enough to lead the development of a quirky short dance work entitled In a flash. The work references the current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery “Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits”, and aims to expand the audience experience of the gallery and enable an important cross arts dialogue.

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Primary teachers: subsidised places in a unique development opportunity


Act fast: only five subsidised places available!  We are seeking expressions of interest from primary teachers interested to participate in unique teacher development opportunity

What is on offer?

  • 5 week, Make A Move shoulder to shoulder development program (see below)
  • Includes free participation in TQI Accredited Seminars 1 & 2
  • Cost: $250, heavily subsidised, supported by ACT Education Directorate

QL2 Dance is offering five teachers/schools in the ACT this opportunity.
To apply contact: makeamove@ql2.org.au

5 week program includes:

  • 5 weekly class visits, 1.5 hours each
  • Planning session, 2 hours
  • On the ground, tailored professional learning for teachers. Action learning with key artist and teacher in class. Students exposed to breadth of creative dance education
    Includes Seminars (6 TQI accredited hours)
  • Weekly evaluation sessions 0.5 hours
  • Available Term 2, 2018
  • 15 hours total
  • $1090 per teacher — maximum 25 students

More information about Make a Move here.

Open audition — you can do this! 18 Feb for TWO ZERO with Quantum Leap


The audition has come and gone. If you are very very keen, please contact Artistic Director Ruth Osborne  — ruth@QL2.org.au — and we’ll see.

TWO ZERO is QL2 Dance’s major project for 2018 for our Quantum Leap ensemble (ages 14+) — which could mean you!. Are you a creative young person from in or around Canberra area? Then do the audition!  The selected ensemble will create TWO ZERO with Artistic Director Ruth Osborne and other choreographers. Continue reading

QL2 alumni building the dream at uni 

Well it’s that time of year, so we are giving huge congratulations to QL2 dancers who have been accepted into university performing arts courses — after highly competitive auditions and interviews.

Alison Tong, Caspar Ilschner, Maddy Bowman and Milly Vanzwol have all been accepted in to Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA, University of Melbourne). Mia Tuco has been accepted into the theatre degree at VCA. Caspar has also been accepted into New Zealand School of Dance and faces a tough choice!

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