Free Ausdance Qld Workshop – Wed 14 February, 5.30pm

On Wednesday 14 February, come along and find out about the Ausdance Queensland performance project entitled All The Dancing I Have Known. For the last three months Ausdance Queensland has been working weekly with the residents of four Lutheran Services aged care facilities. Our workshops have investigated the residents’ memories of dance. And what memories they are…. stories of mirror balls and slippery dance floors, petticoats and suppers, riding horses and flying wartime bombers, learning to jive and falling in love during a waltz. In addition to the exploration of these stories we have also engaged kinetic memory and our dance artists have collaborated with the residents to create choreography for their unique abilities. Come and experience a sample workshop facilitated by Clare Apelt, dance therapist and Creative Advisor for Lutheran Services, director and writer Angela Chaplin, dance artist Sandi Woo and River City Ballroom owners and teachers Sue Gillingham and Dane Berry. We will also show footage of some of the project’s work to date. Come spend the hour. It’s free. All the Dancing – Free Workshop Wednesday 14 February, 5.30pm-6.30pm Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts Find out more.

Safe Dance Report IV launched

Ausdance National and The University of Sydney have launched the results of the fourth Safe Dance research project—Safe Dance Report IV: investigating injuries in Australia’s professional dancers. The report examines the context and occurrence of injuries in Australia’s professional dancers and makes recommendations to support sustainable, healthy, and productive dancing careers. A lot has changed in the dance industry since we last investigated and reported on injuries in Australia’s professional dancers (18 years ago), and injury prevention and management is something taken seriously by dance teachers, directors and choreographers. However, the Safe Dance IV research found 97% of professional dancers experienced at least one significant injury in their dance career, compared with 89% in 1999. And 73% of dancers reported experiencing a dance-related injury in the past 12 months. Read the media release: Safe-Dance-Report-IV-media-release Read the full report:  http://ausdance.org.au/articles/details/safe-dance-report-iv-investigating-injuries-in-professional-dancers

Volunteer Dancers for Gold Coast Festival 2018

OPPORTUNITY // 80 VOLUNTEER DANCERS NEEDED: Festival 2018 Gold Coast Performance Opportunity Auditions STILL OPEN for a new dance work by Force Majeure! Artistic Director Danielle Micich will work with a team of artists to create a large scale site-specific performance work to be performed on the beach as part of Festival 2018 in April. Professional and non-professional performers, preferably, with a background in any dance training (contemporary, ballet, jazz or street dancing), are welcome to audition. Required: ideally performers must be good at remembering long sequences of choreography; have the ability to work barefoot in sand; have the capacity to rehearse the work on their own; have an interest in performing within a large group, and have a keen sense of fun. Dancers will need to be 16+ yrs old. Time commitment: Performers will need to be available all day for all performance dates and rehearsals. Rehearsals are 9am – 5pm over three weekends: Feb 4,5,17,18 and March 24 & 25 2018. Performances are from 12th – 15th April 2018, with dress rehearsals 9th – 11th April 2018. Auditions will be held on Sunday 21st January from 1pm at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. To register for this opportunity Continue ReadingVolunteer Dancers for Gold Coast Festival 2018

Closing soon: Mad Dance House Grant

Opportunity alert! Mad Dance House Grant is a unique funded opportunity for a Brisbane-based artist to develop a dance-theatre work in 2018. This grant includes a residency period at the Mad Dance House studios and La Boite Theatre Company, as well as an opportunity to present a showing of the work and a financial contribution towards artist fees and expenses. While developing the work, the artist will receive administrative, artistic and production support from the La Boite artistic team and Mad Dance House’s Meg Cooper. Applications close Friday 5 January. Click here for more info: www.laboite.com.au/participate

Drawing the Body at the Museum of Brisbane

Inspired by the Museum of Brisbane’s blockbuster Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition, Drawing the Body presents a series of life drawing classes with dancers from a diversity of disciplines. Facilitated by artist and designer Leigh Buchanan, this monthly event will give you an insight into the diverse artistic practice that is dance and sharpen your drawing skills. 12 January 2018 9 February 2018 16 March 2018 13 April 2018 Classes from 5pm – 7pm at The Museum of Brisbane Cost: $15 More Information: https://www.museumofbrisbane.com.au/whats-on/drawingthebody/

Survey: Leading and teaching dance to ageing populations

Do you facilitate dance programs for people 55 years+? Do you offer professional development for people who facilitate dance programs for people 55 years+? If so, Ausdance Victoria wants to hear from you! We’d like to touch base with this important part of the dance industry so that we can: see the big picture create a searchable, national database support the incredible work Australian dance professionals and make referrals Please take 15 – 20 minutes to complete this survey by clicking here. As a further incentive, you will put in the draw to win a double pass to Pitch Perfect 3 upon completion of the survey! Survey closes 15 January.

Tasdance Summer Intensive

8-13 January 2018 There are only a few places left in the Tasdance summer intensive Exposure 2018: Free Fall. Exposure 2018: Free Fall is unlike any other summer intensive previously held by Tasdance. Because of MOFO, the company is able to offer participants the opportunity to work with Dana Gingras of Holy Body Tattoo and also see her company in action as part of the MOFO festival. Alongside this opportunity, Tasdance Artistic Director and Videographer and Photographer Bruce Moyle will work with all participants individually to devise, film and edit short individual film portraits within the week of the intensive, usable for inclusion in professional showreels post-Exposure. As part of MOFO’s Launceston programme, Exposure participants will perform in an informal showing at Tasdance at 2pm on Saturday January 13, sharing the culmination of the week’s creative outcomes, including the short films portraits with MOFO festival-goers and Launceston audiences.    This is an outstanding 6 days at Tasdance  spent in creative ‘free fall’ with experienced professionals, building your ‘exposure’ to the dance industry in ways creative, highly physical and practical.   Participants will also receive a free ticket to this extraordinary combined performance by Holy Body Tattoo and Godspeed You! Black Emperor: https://mofo.net.au/event/monumental   For more information about MOFO please Continue ReadingTasdance Summer Intensive

Pop your Grill’d token in our jar

Ausdance Qld has been selected for Local Matters at Grill’d Fortitude Valley this December! Local Matters is the Grill’d community donation program that sees each Grill’d restaurant donate $500 back into the community every month. The donation is split between 3 local community groups $300 / $100 / $100. HOW YOU CAN HELP? We’d love your support in receiving the highest $300 donation! Simply head to Grill’d Fortitude Valley during December for a burger and pop your Local Matters token in our jar. The group with the most tokens at the end of the month receives the largest donation. You’ll find us on a jar at Grill’d Fortitude Valley, 421 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley.

THE indepenDANCE PROJECT 2017

16 artists, four choreographers, one collective, one virtual collaboration, 6 new works and 1 showing. The indepenDANCE PROJECT is Brisbane choreographers exploring, shattering and collaborating on new work in a creative intensive, culminating in a studio showing of their discoveries. IndepenDANCE is a platform for dance artists to engage in new ideas, break boundaries and assist in strengthening our dance community. Come share in their creations! This years ARTISTS: Choreographer/Creators – Zachary Lopez, Leane Ungerer, Scott Sneddon and Sojung Bangh, and the Amalgamate Collective (Laura McNally, Brianna Law and Nadia Milford). This year dancers will also work with Nerida Matthaei and Liesel Zink as they also explore new ideas. Dancers – Charles Ball, Asher Bowen-Saunders, Emily Doherty, Bek Groves, Isabella Hood, Essie Horn, Meg King, Abbey Moore, Felix Palmerson, Georgie Pierce, Tiana Pinnell, Danika Sayce, Lauren Sherlock, Renia Takeuchi and Chiu-Ju Wang, Coordinating Team – Nerida Matthaei (Artistic Director/Mentor) and Liesel Zink (Mentor) Tickets via https://www.trybooking.com/TCUV

Triptik (Toowoomba)

By Jen Murray & Jacob Watton TRIPTIK is a triple bill of contemporary dance works created by Brisbane based choreographer Jacob Watton. From a sell-out season at the SUPERCELL Contemporary Dance Festival in Brisbane, Watton’s performance ‘and JULIET’ will headline the triple bill. ‘Human/e’ and ‘Mother’ will premiere to Toowoomba audiences with a cast of eight local emerging performers and a seasoned professional dancer taking the stage. TRIPTIK tackles universal concepts of love, politics, identity and family, promising to captivate audiences from all walks of life. FEATURING: and JULIET (Isabella Hood/ Nadia Milford/ Jacob Watton) Mother (Jun Murray) Human/e (Emma Andrews/ Eden Barker/ Elle Coleborn/ Madeleine Cybulski/ Sarah McCarthy/ Laura McCosker/ Taylor Seymour/ Misty Tommei) This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.