Feathers in hospital wards, dance everywhere

[Ed: Liz Lea had a Curated Residency at QL2 to work on Taking Flight as part of Dance Week 2016]

Taking Flight is the name of a show I created for the National Library of Australia in 2012.

It was fitting to reuse the name and reform parts of the work and costumes for a new piece that we created in 2 days (!) at QL2 Studios. I am thrilled to have had a Curated Residency to work with Olivia Fyfe, Susanna Defraia and Jamie Winbank.

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How does an independent artist maintain a healthy lifestyle?

Independent artists lead extraordinary lives. One day they might be in schools running an education project, the next day they’re literally running around the Australian Institute of Sport rehearsing a new work. Alison Plevey caught her breath for a few moments after rehearsal and explained to Health Promotions Officer, Jamie Winbank, how she maintains her healthy lifestyle.

Alison Plevey, Independent Artist (Canberra, Bathurst)

Alison Plevey, Independent Artist (Canberra, Bathurst)

Do you have a favourite meal that keeps you going throughout rehearsals?
For lunch I like a ham, cheese and salad wrap/sandwich. I like to have snacks throughout the day. I might have a biscuit, or small piece of cake as treat. For dinner I love a good homemade pizza with heaps of vegetables. Other favourite meals include a Lamb, Olive and Fetta salad or pasta with lots of vegetables and with chorizo sausage. Continue reading

What’s in your box? Tips to Go for 2&5®.

As dancers, finding enough time for a full meal with vegetables and fruit may not always be possible. Here are some useful tips that the Go for 2&5® team recommend:

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VEGETABLE TIPS

Breakfast

  • Top toast with cooked mushrooms, tomatoes, capsicum or sweet corn
  • Chop and add to an omelette or savoury pancake
  • Heat chopped leftover vegetables and serve as a topping for toast; add an egg or reduced-fat cheese for a more substantial meal. Continue reading

What’s in your box? more recipes for dancers: Ham and Vegetable Slice

Health Promotions Officer and resident Master/Iron Chef, Jamie Winbank, has done all the hard work for you (including slicing all the vegetables) and found some of the best Go for 2 and 5® recipes for you to include in your lunchbox for when rehearsals begin.

Ham and Vegetable Slice

Ham and Vegetable Slice

Ham and Vegetable Slice

15 minutes preparation + 30-40 minutes cooking

What you’ll need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 60g plain flour
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated and drained
  • ½ cup sweet corn kernels or 225g can, drained
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • ¼ cup chives, chopped
  • 100g lean ham, chopped
  • 50g grated reduced-fat cheese Continue reading

Healthy snacks for healthy dancers: Pear and Banana Muffins

Not sure what to pack into your lunchbox for rehearsals? Health Promotions Officer and resident food eater, Jamie Winbank, has done all the hard work for you (including making and eating, ok mostly eating) and found some of the best Go for 2 and 5® recipes for you to include in your lunchbox for when rehearsals begin.

Pear & Banana Muffins

Pear and Banana Muffins

Pear and Banana Muffins

15 minutes preparation + 20 minutes cooking

What you’ll need:

  • Olive or canola oil spray
  • 2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 2 cups white self-raising flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
150 mL low-fat natural yoghurt
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 large banana, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pear, cored and diced
  • ½ cup buttermilk or low-fat milk

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A busy Bangarra dancer: what does he eat?

Touring around nationally and internationally with one of Australia’s busiest and most sought after contemporary dance companies takes its toll on a dancer’s body. Luke Currie-Richardson from Bangarra Dance Theatre (and ex-QL2 dancer) spared a few moments from his busy schedule to chat with Health Promotions Officer, Jamie Winbank about how he maintains his healthy lifestyle.

Luke Currie-Richardson, Bangarra Dance Theatre

Luke Currie-Richardson, currently with Bangarra Dance Theatre (2013)

Do you have a favourite meal that keeps you going throughout rehearsals?
For lunch, I like to eat a garden salad and fruit salad – the mix of fruit and vegetables gives me the energy boost to get through the afternoon rehearsals. For dinner I tend to eat salads and fish (Atlantic Salmon is my favourite) or pasta to regain energy and protein stores lost throughout the day. Continue reading

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