During 2021 COVID lockdown, Ausdance ACT transitioned our open classes to online and provided them for free. We will now be delivering our remaining Term 4 open classes both in studio at Canberra Dance Theatre as well as online
REPERTOIRE & IMPROVISATION WITH ALISON PLEVEY
21ST & 28TH OCTOBER ONLINE
Photo Lorna Sim, Alison leads the community in The Nelken Line, Lake Burley Griffin, Sept 2020.
CLASS FOUR: PILATES WITH ASHLEE BYE
Photo Credit: Rachel Coulson
CLASS THREE: CONTEMPORARY IMPROVISATION WITH ALANA STENNING
Photo credit: Lorna Sim
CLASS TWO: HIP HOP DANCE HALL FUSION WITH FAITH AJAYE
Alison Plevey is a graduate of WAAPA, BA Dance (Hons), and an award-winning choreographer and dance and physical artist based in Canberra. Her practice spans youth dance and theatre, education, cross-disciplinary collaboration, festivals, commissions, dance film, solo research, mentorship and arts advocacy in regional NSW and the ACT. As Leader of Australian Dance Party she has created several critically acclaimed works, most recently ‘Symbiosis’ (ANBG, Mar 2021) and ‘Lake March’ (Sept 2020). Alison has worked closely with QL2 Dance since 2010 as a teacher and choreographer. She utilises dance as a powerful and universal communicator through which we might experience, question and celebrate. Largely site specific, her work expands the visibility of dance, enabling a more conscious and connected community.
In true Party style, Alison will take you through a warm up with soul and joy, repertoire from some of their signature works and explore short choreographic tasks and improvisations using environment to fuel movement and meaning in performance making.
Ashlee is a mover, maker, performer and educator with a Bachelor of Dance from the VCA and a Diploma of Comprehensive Pilates Instruction through Polestar Pilates. An alumna of QL2 Dance, Ashlee has performed and presented dance work across Australia and New Zealand, worked with Australian Dance Party, Liquid Skin and Mirramu Dance Company. Her artistic interests include site-specific performance and improvisation and her work often experiments with playful, non-traditional modalities as a means to immerse her audience into concepts of place, communication and memory.
Ashlee’s Pilates practice began in 2009 while studying at the VCA and has been invaluable to maintaining her ongoing fitness and wellbeing. It fed her interest in how the body learns movement and since becoming an instructor she loves to empower people to find more efficient ways of moving to avoid injury during day-to-day, sports and recreational activities. She advocates for the versatility of the Pilates method to help anybody achieve their goals, and has experience teaching athletics clubs and secondary school groups as well as in physiotherapy and fitness studios. As a Polestar Pilates Mentor, Ashlee also assists students as they complete their Pilates qualifications.
This Pilates Mat class is designed to give you a whole-body workout, focusing on controlled, mindful strengthening. Pilates is perfect for the living room - all you need is space to lie down! You do not need any special equipment, but grab a mat, towel, rug or soft carpet to lie on, and it may be useful to have a cushion close by. Ashlee will be offering exercise modifications and progressions, so this class is suitable for any level of experience or fitness.
Pilates is super beneficial for anyone - dancers especially - and you will walk away from this class feeling centred and perhaps a few centimetres taller!
Alana is a graduate of the Adelaide College of the Arts and previously trained at QL2 Youth Dance Company. Since graduating in 2017, Alana has moved back to Canberra to work for the Australian Dance Party. Most notably, she co-choreographed the Canberra Critics Circle award winning 'Lake March' in 2020 with Artistic Director, Alison Plevey. In 2019 she performed in 'From the Vault', also a Canberra Critics Circle Award winner and a shortlisted nominee for an Australian Dance Award.
As an independent choreographer she has created the works 'V', 'Great Woman Wolf Woman Bone Woman' and in collaboration with Ryan Stone, 'Mulch'. Alana also continues her relationship with QL2 as a professional performer, teacher and choreographer.
Zoom class will start with some short and sweet exercises, nothing that moves too much so you can join us for a boogie even if you just have a small space! We’ll finish up with some fun creative and improvisation based activities. The aim is connect and share our love of dance and find curiosity in the spaces we’re spending so much time in all to some fabulous upbeat pop music.
Faith is a dance teacher, performer and choreographer from Canberra. She’s been dancing for 14 years, focusing primarily on the styles of hip hop and dancehall. Faith has performed around Australia as well as performing internationally in America in 2014.
She has also had a few opportunities to dance at corporate events and in music videos and TV commercials. She’s been teaching since 2016 at a variety of dance studios as well as primary and high schools.
Faith loves to vibe with all her students, making it a fun positive place for everyone to grow and learn.
Class: Faith’s open class will be a fusion of hip hop and dance hall!
CLASS ONE: CONTEMPORARY WITH NICK JACHNO
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.
In 2018, Nicholas was part of Malia Johnston’s, 'Rushes', for the 2018 New Zealand Arts Festival, which received four Wellington Theatre Awards. Nicholas also worked for Cadi McCarthy as a dancer in Catapult Dance Hubs premiere season of 'That Place in Between'.
In 2019, Nicholas premiered his first solo work, 'An Observant Man', as a part of the DDCreative residency. The work has since been presented as part of The Bold Festival, Ausdance ACT's ESCALATE IV, Belconnen Arts Centre's Dance on the Edge and Catapult Dance Choreographic Hubs, Propel.
In 2020, Nicholas performed in Catapult's Season, 'Mixed Bill', which featured four works from choreographers; Kristina Chan, Craig Bary, Omer Backley-Astrachan and Adam Blanch.
Earlier this year Nicholas was a part of Liz Lea’s ‘The Point’ which premiered at Belconnen Arts Centre.
Get ready to get your bodies moving and grooving with a high-energy contemporary flow class.
“Let’s get our bodies off the couch and moving! My class will be hip hop based, particularly focusing on grooves and feeling/connecting to the music. My number one priority in class is to have fun and enjoy the moment, so everyone is welcome to join in for a boogie!”
Mel is a dancer/choreographer/teacher from Canberra. She has grown up training at Fresh Funk Dance Studio, and continuously seeks out training opportunities such as participating in The Dream Dance Company’s 'The Dream Show Business' course. Mel is very passionate about teaching and as well as creating her own shows has recently started the Beyoutiful Dance Project which explores movement and self development.
Thursday 2nd September, 7.30-8.45pm.
Suitable for all levels.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Open Class is Online and FREE. Open Class with Ausdance ACT Director Cathy Adamek!
A dance-music expert, Cathy hosts an all levels slow barre class to a driving sound track of trip hop, house, r'n'b, techno and ambient beats. Cathy has worked as a performer, choreographer and theatre maker for over 25 years.
Facebook LIVE, Thursday 26th August, 7.30-8.45pm.
Suitable for all levels.
Canberra let's keep dancing! Ausdance ACT Open Class is going online this Thursday 19th August with Debora Di Centa to embrace the art of improvisation.
'The body has its own rhythm, it is poetry in motion, it is a landscapes to explore. Join me for a shared experience of moving from within using some improvisational tools. See you soon! Debora xo'
FREE. All welcome.