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.

Ruby’s new hat: not like the others

ED: Ruby has been with QL2 Dance since 2014 – in almost every project. Now she is doing work experience as Assistant to the Artistic Director for 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 participated in QL2 Dance’s  ‘Chaos’ project for the past 3 years, although this year due to injury, I’ve had to step out of the dancing role, and into a new one. Over the past two weeks, I’ve assisted Alison and the other choreographers during the Not Like the others rehearsal intensive as an outside eye. I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside everyone throughout the creative development process, without having to perform in the theatre during production week. Continue reading

“On Course” 2017: choreographic project for tertiary dance students

APPLY: Online form here

On Course is a choreographers’ project for tertiary students: to develop your artistic voice, leadership, and audience relationship. You get an opportunity to develop a short work, with two public performances.  QL2 Dance will support you: by timetabling choreographers, dancers, time, rehearsal space and performance venue; with production and marketing; and by challenging and guiding you. On Course is for students at university or university-level courses (including equivalent courses overseas, and NAISDA). You can be in any year. A panel will select the participating choreographers from the applications received.

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 develop and test choreographic and theatrical ideas and processes; and work with dancers and choreographers from around Australia to build your dance network. Continue reading

Australian Dance Party with QL2 dancers ‘weave, hustle and halt’ at the NPG

Australian Dance Party with dancers of QL2 ‘weave, hustle and halt’ at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Alison Plevey: “As I take up reins this week at QL2 Dance as Acting Artistic Director, I bounce into the office and out onto the street to perform a quirky new work I have created working closely with the National Portrait Gallery. The piece is a reflection of the extraordinary exhibition Dempsey’s People: A folio of British Street Portraits currently showing until 22 October 2017.

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Organised chaos: the joy of difference in “Not like the others”

QL2’s latest performance is: “Not like the others”.  Book now TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR for a A new 1-hour contemporary dance work, developed in collaboration with the QL2  junior ensemble (ages 8–16) plus some older, experienced dancers. Created by QL2 Dance’s Acting Artistic Director Alison Plevey with choreographers  Steve Gow and Jack Riley.

“Fitting in. Standing out.
Working together. Stepping forward.
The power of many. The power of one.
The joy of difference.”

4 performances only

13 & 14 October 2017
6pm Friday, 3pm & 6pm Saturday
+ school matinee 1.00 Friday
Theatre 3   3 Repertory Lane, Acton ACT
$20 full | $15 conc | $12 under 15
(Fees apply for online & phone bookings)
Tickets: Book now TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR from 30 minutes before each show until sold out.
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Alison steps into Ruth Osborne’s “big shoes”

Ed: In September and October 2017, QL2 Dance’s Artistic Director Ruth Osborne heads to the UK on a Churchill Fellowship, to “…research youth dance programs focused on career pathways, mentorship and creative collaborations.”   While she is gone, Alison Plevey will be Acting Artistic Director of QL2 Dance.

ALISON: Later this week I step into some big shoes. The shoes of a woman who I greatly admire and who has been a significant influence and mentor — in my work in youth dance, as an independent artist and now company director.

As Ruth, our “national treasure”, embarks on her prestigious adventures across the United Kingdom, I reflect on the excitement, the butterflies, and the great honour it is to fill these shoes as Acting Artistic Director of QL2 Dance. Continue reading