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.

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!

They will join other QL2 alumni studying or just graduating at tertiary courses:

At VCA Dance, Gabe Sinclair and Jason Pearce have just finished first year;  Nasim Patel has just completed his second year; and Oonagh Slater and Luke Fryer graduate this year.

At the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA Edith Cowan University), Alex Abbot has just completed second year, and Ryan Stone graduates from third year this year, and is going on to WAAPA’s graduate program LINK in 2018.

At AC Arts (Adelaide College of the Arts – TAFE SA), Alana Stenning graduates this year.

At the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA Swinburne University of Technology), Amanda Lee has just finished her Bachelor of Circus Arts (?) after transferring from dance at VCA.

At the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Madeleine Towler Lovell has just finished third year of a double major in Dance and Sociology/Anthropology.

QL2 Artistic Director Ruth Osborne says:

“everyone at QL2 is very pleased that our programs not only support creativity at a young age, but also help these young artists get into uni, succesfully graduate, and go on to have exciting creative careers in the arts — or elsewhere.  Its great to see recent graduates — like Eliza Sanders and Jack Riley — joining all our previous alumni in coming back to Canberra regularly to create and perform. A great success story for Canberra, and for dance.”

You can read about some more of our alumni here.

2018 Dance Training Programs: excellence in dance for young people

TERM 1 2018: 

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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On Course 2017: new, short, young, contemporary dance


QL2 presents new contemporary dance by dance students from Universities around Australia.  A glimpse into the next generation of contemporary dance and physical theatre.


7 pm 16 &17 December 2017
QL2 Theatre,
Gorman Arts Centre
55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon
Duration: ~90 Minutes + optional Q&A

Tickets: $16, $12.
Online: trybooking.com
Or at the door, 30 minutes before each show until sold out

Here’s a sample of photos from last year’s On Course, by Lorna Sim.  We’re pretty sure this years’ will be completely different!


Audition: now 18 Feb for Quantum Leap’s “TWO ZERO” in 2018

AUDITION DATE MOVED: December had too many clashes and too few dancers available. So, audition is now Sunday 18 February 2018 (10am) at QL2 Studio, Gorman Arts Centre.
Pre-registration is essential — fill in the form at the bottom of this page (but read this first)! And arrive 15 minutes early.

TWO ZERO is QL2 Dance’s major project for 2018 for our Quantum Leap ensemble (ages 14+) — which could mean you!. Creative young people auditioned from in and around Canberra will form the ensemble, and will create new work with Artistic Director Ruth Osborne and other choreographers, as well as re-visiting ideas from two decades of youth dance from Canberra’s Quantum Leap contemporary youth dance ensemble. Continue reading

Hot to Trot: QL2‘s Quantum Leapers leap into choreography


Thanks everyone for coming! Two full houses.  Next up: On Course! 

QL2 Dance presents Canberra’s 2017 Quantum Leap dancers in their own short dance works.  Artistic Director Ruth Osborne says “This project is an important starting point in the development of choreographic practice and of leadership potential. They are working hard to create meaningful contemporary dance — beyond just doing moves or steps to music, and really engaging some of the processes they have been part of when they have been in projects like This Poisoned Sea. The content will be all their own.” 

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Jack is back: work ethic & creativity in “Not like the others”

ED: Jack Riley is one of three choreographers working on QL2’s “Not like the others”, which has shows at Theatre 3 in Canberra 13-14 October 2017.  Tickets: Book now TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR from 30 minutes before each show until sold out.  Don’t be late!

“I have been involved with QL2 for a number of years now as a dancer and now have the pleasure of returning to make a section of the work in the Chaos project. I danced myself  at QL2 from 2009 to 2013, performing in both junior and senior projects.

‘Its such a rewarding experience to be able to make a work with such talented dancers and young artists.’

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