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 shortlisted for Australian Dance Award

Ed: Update 25/9/17 — congratulations to Cadi Macarthy and Catapult Dance  (The Flipside Project), winners of the category.

We are very pleased that the QL2 Dance production Connected  has been shortlisted for a prestigious Australian Dance Award.  Connected is a triple-bill of diverse pieces, created in collaboration with the dancers of QL2’s Quantum Leap ensemble by renowned choreographers Sara Black, Kristina Chan, and Alison Plevey and Adam Deusien from physical theatre company Lingua Franca.

Connected investigates “the power that connections can have on the individual, and provides a unique reflection of our own lives – connecting out to those looking in. It explores connections through our skin, connections with the natural world, and how strength and empowerment affect our connections with each other.” Continue reading

Can we un-poison the sea? “This Poisoned Sea” 27-29 July

Ed: THIS POISONED SEA was performed at Canberra Theatre Centre, 27 – 29 July 2017.

“WITH MY CROSS-BOW, I SHOT THE ALBATROSS”

And so QL2 Dance’s Quantum Leap ensemble uses The Rime of the Ancient Mariner as a launchpad to explore belonging, ownership, and responsibility. Do we have an albatross to lead us out of trouble?  Can we un-poison the sea?

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Your tax deductible donation to QL2 directly helps young people

We rely on your philanthopic donations to do our work with young people.




Every year we receive donations from individuals and companies, from $5000 a year from some, down to a few cents on top of a ticket price. Every one makes a difference. Donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

QL2 Dance is a non-profit organisation, developing the next generation of dancers and dance-makers for over 10 years. Donations and sponsorship make up around 10% of our income.

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Thinking, making, sharing: Australian Dance Party at work

Ed: Australian Dance Party (ADP), brainchild of Alison Plevey, is Company in Residence at QL2 Dance. QL2 supports ADP with space, resources, advice and mentorship; and ADP engages with young people in our programs in mumerous ways.

The Party has been out and about, here and there, dancing up concoctions of all kinds these past few months, in what has been a huge festival season for Canberra. Though a little exhausted, both physically and creatively, I am continually motivated and energised by the opportunity to bring my ideas, thoughts and concerns to the fore through the dancing body – its honesty, playfulness and vulnerability. In this tough funding climate I am encouraged and driven to think, to make and share with our Canberra community. Continue reading

Residencies: Space & support for your dance project

QL2 Dance offers Curated Residencies both to young people within our target age range (up to 26), and older artists. Curated Residencies provide space in our theatre or studio without charge, and may also include other support. There is no cash component paid to Residents. 

All Curated Residency applications are assessed by the Artistic Director in response to project proposals. Applications for very small amounts of access from alumni and previous Residents may be processed as Space Grants with a faster turnaround. We strongly encourage applicants to discuss their project with the Artistic Director before making a formal application. Continue reading