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.
To celebrate the return to studio, we are reducing our class prices for the remainder of Term 4.
CANBERRA DANCE THEATRE, CNR BARRY DR & KINGSLEY ST, CANBERRA CITY
TIME: THURSDAY EVENINGS 7.30PM - 8.45PM
IN STUDIO FULL PRICE: $20
ONLINE CLASS PRICE: $10
Bookings essential via Bookeo
If attending the studio in person, please refer to the Canberra Dance Theatre's COVID Safe Plan available HERE
Week 1 & Week 2
REPERTOIRE & IMPROVISATION WITH ALISON PLEVEY
21ST & 28TH OCTOBER ONLINE ONLY
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.
Week 3 & Week 4
BALLET WITH MARGARET TAYLOR
4TH & 11TH NOVEMBER IN STUDIO & ONLINE
At the age of 11 Margaret switched from being a state representative athlete to classical ballet training.
Margaret completed her schooling at the Pretoria Art, Ballet and Music School where she concentrated on classical ballet. She completed her advanced examinations in both the RAD and Cecchetti methods. She was trained by Diana Ward, Susan Oosthuisen, Ken Yeatman, Vicki Karras, Gillian Joubert and Jane Allyn.
After her schooling she completed a performing arts degree before joining the PACT Ballet Company in South Africa. During her time at the ballet company she worked with world renowned choreographers and shared the stage with international artists. Margaret has danced in many ballets. Her favourites include; Swan Lake, Giselle, Anna Karenina, War and Peace, Romeo and Juliet, Papillon, In the Glow of the Night, Coppelia, Scheherazade, Don Quixote and La Fille Mal Gardee.
Margaret later left the ballet company and completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree culminating in a qualification as a Chartered Accountant. Margaret has always maintained her love of classical ballet and has attended class regularly through the years.
Margaret now divides her week between work as a Chartered Accountant and sharing her love, experience and passion for dance by teaching and training aspiring dancers
Class, From Margaret:
My class is very much a traditional ballet class paying attention to technical detail. I teach a solid barre building exercises in speed and accuracy as we progress through the barre. Centre work similarly starts gently and gradually builds up to turns and allegro. Music and the sheer enjoyment of movement to me is really what dance is about.
Week 5 & Week 6
HIP HOP/STREET FUNK WITH LEENA WALL
18TH NOVEMBER IN STUDIO & ONLINE
Caroline “Leena” Wall was the first to bring hip-hop/street-funk style classes to the ACT, with the creation of the Fresh Funk program in the year 2000. Leena has trained in various dance forms for over 30 years, but her main focus is this fun and accessible style. Leena has travelled to LA, New York and Japan to train (and also perform) for almost 2 decades, learning from leaders in the commercial hip-hop dance industry such as Napoleon and Tabitha, Tricia Miranda, Parris Goebel, the Kinjaz, Brian Friedman, and many many more. Teaching dance is Leena’s passion and she works frequently with schools, dance camps, and Ausdance ACT, sharing her love of dance with people of all ages.
Leena’s class will be hip-hop/street-funk based. It will be energetic and fun, with a focus on musicality and grooves.
URBAN WITH JESSICA GOWING
25TH NOVEMBER IN STUDIO & ONLINE
Jess is a current tutor at Fresh Funk. She has danced in hip-hop/street-funk styles since she was 8 years old and has been teaching for the last 4 years. With a love of musicals and an exceptional singing talent, in 2015 she completed her Certificate IV in Acting for Stage and Screen at Perform Australia and was a part of the Hi-5 cast for their 2016-2017 world tour.
She has performed in many Canberra musicals including Wicked (2016) and most recently Mamma Mia! (2021) in one of the main roles.
In Jess’s class you will be introduced to commercial hip-hop grooves and dynamics, whilst learning a feel-good routine. Jess is an enthusiastic teacher that will encourage you to work hard and have a blast whilst doing so. You will leave this class feeling good and with a smile on your face.