How do ballet boys really keep healthy?

Ever wanted to know the deep dark secrets of how professional dancers keep healthy?   Health Promotions Officer, Jamie Winbank, finds out exactly how ex-Quantum Leapers and professional dancers keep healthy during their busy dance filled schedules.

Here’s how West Australian Ballet Dancer, Samuel Maxted, keeps healthy and physically active during intensive ballet rehearsals:

Samuel Maxted, West Australian Ballet

Samuel Maxted, West Australian Ballet

Do you have a favourite meal that keeps you going throughout rehearsals?
Working full time in a ballet company requires lots of energy and strength, so I eat a lot more than simply lunch and dinner. For breakfast I usually eat a high carb breakfast to have lots of energy for morning class and rehearsals. After class I eat a can of tuna, some grain crackers and tub of yogurt and before I hit the gym I like to eat a banana then finish off after my gym session with a protein bar or protein shake. My big meal of the day is lunch. High on carbs meal – (mainly foods like lasagna, spaghetti bolognaise, chicken pesto pasta ect.) I snack with a piece of fruit in the afternoon. I finish with dinner often meat and vegetables; steak, chicken, or fish with salad on the side. Continue reading

Opening night — and first reviews

First night was great! A very appreciative audience, and the 100% commitment from every dancer really showed.

Heather Wallace was there from the HerCanberra blog, and has written a review:Screenshot of HerCanberra blog

“By the end of performance I’d forgotten I wasn’t watching a group of professional dancers. This is a sophisticated production that holds its own…” (more on HerCanberra)

And Len Power from ArtSoundFM has graciously allowed us to reproduce his review here:

“REVIEW – QL2’s ‘ME RIGHT NOW’
WEDNESDAY 9 MAY 2012

QL2 Dance’s Quantum Leap ensemble opened their yearly flagship performance entitled ‘Me Right Now’ at the Canberra Theatre Centre Playhouse last night – and what an electrifying performance it was!

In ‘Me Right Now’, the dancers take us into a snapshot moment of youth, displaying the emotional journey we all face at that age – the worries, the joys, doubts and fears and the highs and the lows. The three choreographers have done an excellent job with the dancers, producing a seamless evening of dance which entertains while being thought-provoking as well.

From the opening sequence, where we see the tightrope and tug-of-war that all youth experience, through to developing adult male and female identity, and finally to an enthusiastic sense of youthful idealism and optimism about the future, this production is insightful as well as a delight to watch. It made me think of my own similar journey at that time of my life and so this production speaks to everyone, regardless of age.

The commissioned choreographers – Lina Limosani, Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal and Matt Cornell – have come from interstate and overseas to create this work with the dancers. It says much for the high-standing of QL2 in the world of dance that they are able to attract choreographers of this calibre to work with the company.

The dance was of a very high quality. As always, the discipline and commitment of this company was on display, but, in addition, there was an emotional edge to the performances where the dancers clearly showed their commitment to and understanding of the ideas developed by the choreographers throughout the work.

Adam Ventoura’s accompanying music was excellent and the video projections by Canberra’s Bearcage Productions were the perfect accompaniment to the dance. Costume designs by Rose Montgomery were colourful and practical.

QL2 has, once again, produced an excellent and entertaining evening of dance which should not be missed!

Len Power
ArtSound FM”

Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal + female dancers


Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal is one of the 4 choreographers of Me Right Now. She is a freelance dance artist from New South Wales, and has extensive performing experience, starting in her high school years at the Newtown Performing Arts School. This gives her a particular understanding of the group of young female dancers she is working with in Canberra for her piece in Me Right Now “All to get her”. She has created and toured works in Australia, the US, Taiwan, Europe, and New Zealand, and it’s her first time choreographing for Quantum Leap. I catch up with Jade at the Bungendore Woodworks Cafe as she gives me a snapshot of where her work is up to mid-way through her intensive rehearsal period.
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