Explores the progression of primordial movement through to a transcendental application using concepts of yin / yang energies.
MUSIC: Winter of Despair | Joseph Tawadros / Dance for me Wallis | Abel Korzeniowski
Australian youth dance at its best- transforming young lives and nurturing Australia’s future dance professionals.
QL2 Dance Inc is home to Quantum Leap, Canberra’s auditioned youth dance ensemble; and we assist the best dance graduates to find their creative pathway. We are dedicated to diverse, challenging and rigorous youth dance which develops the next generation of dance-makers and contributes to a dynamic, caring and diverse society.
With over 300 participants Fresh Funk is Canberra’s leading urban dance program, fusing hip-hop, street and contemporary dance. Classes are offered for all ages and skill levels, with an emphasis on fun, fitness and friendship. Directed by Caroline Wall and based at Tuggeranong Arts Centre
A group of older of not mature dancers who love to meet, great, move and play in and amongst dance and music. Many dance with Canberra dance Theatre’s GOLD Company. All delight in the unusual and are proactive about being fabulous. They will be premiering their new work Moon Shadow to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing.
Born in 1914, Eileen Kramer embodies the living, creative spirit of the Avant Garde artist. Her 80-year career as writer, dancer, painter, costume designer and choreographer began in 1939 with the Bodenwieser Ballet, Australia’s first modern dance company led by renowned Austrian choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser.
Following the 1959 closure of Bodenwieser’s company, Eileen travelled through India, Pakistan and Europe where she worked as a dancer, designer and film maker, before settling in USA.
Since returning to Australia in 2013, Eileen has created two full length works, The Early Ones and The Buddha’s Wife, been the subject of an ABC Compass documentary, been the focus of a new fashion collection by Sydney designer Brigid Mclaughlin, appeared in various television and stage presentations, written her second book Eileen: Stories from the Philip St Courtyard, and has recently concluded filming for a British/Australian drama series to be broadcast in 2019.
Eric has studied at NAISDA, Australian Institute of Music, completed a mentorship at the Australian Ballet and has engaged with Marrugeku Dance Theatre for 5 years attending their Indigilab Program, dancing in Cut The Sky (co choreographed by Serge Alime Coulibaly and Dalisa Pigram) and has recently developed a solo work 'Dancing With Strangers' with Belgian Choreographer Koen Augustijnen. Eric has performed with the Black Arm Band, opened for Rhiannon Giddens for her Australian Performances at the Factory Theatre, Newtown. Eric regularly plays violin with his Father Graham King (Yidaki/ Didgeridoo) recently performing at Boomerang-Byron Bay Bluesfest 2018.
Graham Davis King is a Wiradjuri and Ngiyampaa artist and activist. He was born in the Crown Street Women’s Hospital in March 1967 to Ada King and Sid Davis. King’s grandfather Archie King was among the last Aboriginal law men to go through ancient Wiradjuri and Ngiyampaa Aboriginal law ceremonies in the first half of the 20th century. King grew up in the Sydney inner city suburb of Redfern and in and around the inner western suburbs. From an early age King has been involved in projects that concentrate on Aboriginal culture and education as an outcome. In 1985, and for the following 10 years, King worked on an Aboriginal radio program called 'Aborigines in Focus’ for Radio 2SER in Sydney whilst concurrently working at Radio Redfern (1985-1993). In 1993 King received a writing award from the Cannes Film Festival for his work on the film Lake Mungo Lady. King also continues to work as a dancer and storyteller and has performed in the Koories In Theatre troupe alongside the renowned storyteller, Pauline McLeod (deceased) from 1993 to 1999. This troupe performed at many venues in and around Sydney including schools, galleries and museums and also on ABC TV for Playschool. King also performed as a dancer with Yidaki Didj and Dance from 1994 to 2005 and travelled across Australia and internationally with this dance company. King currently resides in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney where he set up the Blue Mountains Aboriginal Artists Cooperative in Katoomba in 2006 and is a Director of the Blue Mountains Aboriginal Culture and Resource Centre. Through this work King has been able to stage local exhibitions in which he also participates. In 2005 and 2006 King was a finalist in the Parliament of NSW Indigenous Art Award held at NSW Parliament House, Sydney. In the 2006 show he won the inaugural College of Fine Arts Professional Development Award. This award offered King a residency at COFA and the chance to work with COFA staff in an art form of his choosing. King chose to work alongside printmaker, Michael Kempson, a collaboration that resulted in King’s first solo exhibition, Wantanganura, staged at COFAspace in October, 2007.
The Hilal Dance group has been part of CDT for many years. Based around teachers Rachael Hilton and Danielle Cook. Hilal Dance is wonderful for beginners and experienced dancers alike who have an interest in posture, yoga, breathing, getting fit and integrating body, mind and emotion as well as those interested in exploring their physical expression and draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophies and aesthetics
This is a world first.
Yes, yes it is.
Canberra’s three leading dance companies with people living with disability have come together for a specially devised new work inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing. Choreographed by Debora di Centa this new work, Space Odyssey premieres at Parliament House and will delight and rock your universe!
Canberra Dance Theatre established the CDTeens program in August 2008, initially supported by a grant from ArtsACT and taught by Gretel Burgess and Adelina Larsson. The CDTeens are young people (12+) with special needs who meet on Saturday mornings to participate in a class that combines dance technique with creativity. With a focus on having fun, participants explore movement to work on their fitness, coordination, memory and problem solving skills. Parents and carers are welcome to join the class. Over the past ten years the CDTeens have created and learned a wide variety of dances in a range of dance styles and have worked with several visiting choreographers. CDTeens regularly perform at many public events around Canberra, including Dance Week, Floriade, the Multicultural Arts Festival, CapExpo and events celebrating I-Day.
Legs has been operating classes for students with Down Syndrome and Special Needs for over 12 years now. Students come to class for 1 hour a week where they learn jazz, lyrical, music theatre and contemporary. They also have a hip-hop class afterwards. The Dream Team have performed at local events around Canberra and Queanbeyan. They have also travelled to the Gold Coast to attend the finals of the Showcase Australian Dance Championships. The Dream Team has competed in many dance competitions in Canberra and Sydney as well as Cheer competitions in Canberra. They have also been a part of a documentary filmed at the Gold Coast and shown both here in Australia and United Kingdom. The Dream Team love to perform and are always a hit wherever they go. They are passionate about their dance and the chance to mix socially with their peers. Their enthusiasm is infectious and they truly live for their dance! Their choreographer for this piece is Emma Smith and was assisted by the student teacher, Matilda Elliott. They are encouraged to be an active part of their classes with opportunities to assist with warm-up, choosing music and being TEAM captains.
The Xtreme Stars dance group was formed in 2015 when a number of parents decided to help their young adults with disability realise their love of dance and movement within a caring and supportive group setting. This love of dance has led to the group increasing in number and popularity, with performance requests being received on a regular basis from local organisations and government departments, which the dancers attend with much enthusiasm. All performances and classes increase the dancers’ confidence and appreciation of music, and furthers their abilities. Genres being taught include hip-hop and street funk.
A group of regionally and rurally based dance and music artists brought together through the Australian Talented Youth Project. This year they are focusing on creating original movement and music inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing.
Alana Stenning is a recent graduate of the Adelaide College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Dance. While studying she worked with artists such as Lee Brummer (ILDance), Jo Stone (Stone/Castro), Kialea Nadine-Williams (Australian Dance Theatre) and Niv Marinburg (L-E-V Dance Company). In her third year of study she created her first full length work incorporating dance, theatre and multimedia How ‘Bout Them Apples for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Before commencing university, Alana trained in contemporary dance at QL2 Youth Dance Company under Ruth Osborne where she worked with many well-known choreographers and developed her own interest in choreography and dance film making. During her time at QL2 Alana toured and performed in Bangkok, London and Glasgow with a work created by James Batchelor.
Since graduating, Alana has moved back to Canberra to continue working for the Australian Dance Party. Since joining them she has been involved in Autonomous, In a Flash, Moving to ZERO and ENERGEIA. Alana has also continued to develop her own choreographic work here in Canberra and presented a new solo work V at the Belconnen Arts Centres Dance on the Edge season in 2018.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been connected to expressing my feelings and emotions through movement. At the age of 9 (2009) I joined fLiNG Physical Theatre under the direction of Lee Pemberton. As well as dance, I have been involved with gymnastics for over 14 years.
Dance gives me a safe and encouraging environment for me to explore my body and learn more about an art form that brings me so much joy. Dance allows me to connect with a range of people, from all over the world, that share the same concepts and interest as me.
After 8 years with fLiNG I disconnected with the company due to studying my senior years. Although through the past two years Lee has been a large part of me successfully completing my HSC Dance course.
I am trained mainly in Contemporary and Ballet, although I have also experienced styles such as hip hop and parkour.
Natasha Rogers is an Independent artist that graduated from NAISDA Dance College in 2016 with a Diploma in Professional Dance Performance. She is a Noongar Women from the South West of Western Australia but has proudly grown up on Wonnarua Country in the Hunter Valley. During her time at NAISDA Natasha performed in four major productions at Carriage Works in Redfern, Sydney, whilst also having two of her own choreographed works performed. In Natasha’s last year at NAISDA she travelled to South Korea to perform in the Seoul Friendship Fair. Over the four years of training Natasha worked with many guest artists and choreographers including Francis Rings, Elma Kris, Craig Bary, Iquail Shaheed and Vicki Van Hout. Since graduating from NAISDA Natasha has been involved in two residencies through Catapult Choreographic Hub alongside two other artists and also created a solo work for a showing in Newcastle and has also been involved many other performances throughout her first 2 years out of study. Natasha has developed an Aboriginal Dance Ensemble for High school aged students to create and perform, this is a side of dance that she is very passionate about and enjoys. Natasha strives to continue her work in the community, whilst continuing her passion for dance.
Nicholas Jachno is a Canberra based Contemporary Dancer. He studied a range of dance techniques at Canberra Dance Development Centre before attending The New Zealand School of Dance, Graduating with a Diploma in Dance Performance majoring in Contemporary.
During Nicholas’ time at the school, he was involved in a remount of Hofesh Shechter's Political Mother for the 2016 graduation season. In his third year he also worked alongside Footnote New Zealand Dance, was an understudy of the 2017 rendition of Tiki Tane Mahuta and worked with Craig Bary to create a solo for the schools 50th Anniversary season Once. The solo was then taken to Sydney as part of the Parachute Festival held by Legs on the Wall.
In 2018, Nicholas has been a part of Malia Johnston’s, Rushes, for the 2018 New Zealand Arts Festival, which received four Wellington Theatre Awards. He was also a dancer and collaborator in a design film project, Kinesis, that was displayed as part of the Lux Light Festival in Wellington and received a Bronze award at the Best Design Awards 2018. Nicholas also worked for Cadi McCarthy as a dancer in Catapult Dance Hubs premiere Season of That Place in Between.
For as long as I can remember I have always participated in gymnastics, which is where I gained a passion for using my body. It became the foundation for my movement. Most of my dance training has been in contemporary with ballet training with Lee for the past 2 years. At the age of 12 (2013), I joined the younger fLiNG group under the direction of Lee Pemberton. This was the beginning of my dance training and exploration in movement.
In 2014, I joined the senior fLiNG company and performed ‘X the floor’ which was a fusion of dance and parkour aimed at encouraging more boys to move. This project inspired my passion for dance as a male and the possibility of a future in dance. In 2015 and 2016, we toured a show to the local schools and another to the ‘Regional Artlands festival’ in Dubbo, as well as performing in the ‘Four Winds Festival’ alongside an orchestra.
These experiences allowed me to develop my own artistic self within dance and create a connection with other dance artists that otherwise wouldn’t be possible in the Bega valley, overcoming the social isolation within a small town. Last year (2017), I participated in the ‘Australian Youth Dance Festival’, performing in ‘Emergence’ and I attended a week of work experience with Adam Wheeler.
AYDF in accordance with Meet-up (essentially a meet up of youth dance companies I attended in 2016) were instrumental in crafting my passion for dance as it created an opportunity for connection with other dancers my age. This had a major impact for me as being a male dancer in a small town can be challenging; these connections inspired me to continue dancing despite any stigma, alleviated the small-town isolation and produced a new-found confidence within myself.
My years of training are a culmination of these dance experiences which has created the foundation for my passion in dance and the understanding of dance as a universal form of communication and individuality.
Shana is proud member of the Darkinjung Community just north of the Hawkesbury River NSW who recently graduated From NAISDA Dance college with her Diploma in Professional Careers in Dance.
During her studies she was given the opportunity to work with Choreographers Frances Rings, Raymond Blanco, Vicki Van Hout, Ian R.T. Colles, Elma Kris, Sani Thomson and Taiaroa Royal. Shana also participated in cultural residencies in Moa Island of the Torres Straits in 2014 and 2015, and in Nyinyikay North East Arnhem land in 2016.
She had many performance opportunities including Soul Friendship Fair (South Korea), Homeground and NAIDOC week (2016), Yarbun, Sydney Festival and Girrakool Blues Festival (2017). In 2017 Shana Participated in a secondment with Bangarra Dance Theatre, she was also awarded the Joanne Harris Scholarship for Gifted and Talented students to partake in a summer Intensive program with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (Israel).
After Graduating in 2018 she performed with Wagana Aboriginal Dancers at Honolulu festival (Hawaii), and Festival 2018 - Commonwealth Games, as well many other performances and school workshops. She also worked on shows with Jannawi Dance clan, Erth Physical & Visual Inc. and Our Corka Bubs. As well as developments with Patricia Wood, Elle Evangalista and Kassidy Waters. She Performed with Atamira Dance Company on a Remount of Frances Rings’ Work ShapeShift in (Auckland, New Zealand).
My name is Ruth. I am an 18 year homeschool graduate from Albury. I am from a musical family of five kids. My musical education began when I was about five years old and I now regularly play piano, clarinet, and percussion in local ensembles.
Over the last few years I have been a member of many ensembles at the Murray Conservatorium, my local music school. These include an orchestra that exlusively plays music by living composers, the main Murray Conservatorium orchestra, a beginners' and advanced concert band as well as Albury City Band. In the last year I have had experience accompanying both individuals for exams and recitals as well as both children and adult choirs. One of my most exciting performances was as a pianist for the local string quartet CLAM and a dance school.
This year I have started teaching piano to several students between the ages of 5 and 15. This is a step towards my long term goal of becoming a qualified music teacher. In 2019 I will be studying a Diploma of Music as I work towards that.