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Spring Workshops 2017

Our 2017 Spring Workshops are to be held on Sunday October 15.

We have a variety of special enriching and fun classes to choose from including Ballet, Jazz, Choreography, Tap, Line Dancing, Body Conditioning and Feldenkrais Awareness Though Movement.

Cost $25 per workshop or 4 workshops for $90.
Includes morning/afternoon tea.

All proceeds go towards fundraising for air conditioning.

Contact for bookings and enquires

Timetable

2017 Spring Workshops Timetable - Sunday Oct 15

 

STUDIO 1

STUDIO 2

STUDIO 3

10 – 11.15

(CLASS FULL)

BALLET

A focus on upper body and arm and head co- ordination

Level 1 and up

CLARE MOREHEN

TAP

42nd Street

All Levels

GAIL BUBB

BODY CONDITIONING

How to improve and hold rotation and work on flexibility

All levels

GRAHAM FLETCHER

11.30 – 12.45

BALLET/REPERTOIRE 

Learn an excerpt from La Bayadere

Level 1 and up

CLARE MOREHEN

BODY CONDITIONING

How to improve and hold rotation and work on flexibility

All levels

GRAHAM FLETCHER

JAZZ FUNK

Beyonce – Single Ladies

All levels

NATALIE HAMMOND

LUNCH

 

 

 

1.30 – 2.45

CHOREOGRAPHY

All levels

A piece will be created especially for the participants in the workshop

JOSEPH STEWART

LINE DANCING - JAZZ STYLE

All levels

GAIL BUBB

FELDENKRAIS TECHNIQUE

Learn how to move with ease

*see below for more info

BEVERLY ANNE JANSEN

3 – 4.15

(CLASS FULL)

FELDENKRAIS TECHNIQUE

Learn how to move with ease

*see below for more info

BEVERLY ANNE JANSEN

 

 

* FELDENKRAIS – AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT.

In these lessons, you have the opportunity to explore how you move in fine detail, and to refine the way you move in ways that reduce effort, increase ease, grace and range and make you feel really good. Doing Feldenkrais can have long-lasting beneficial effects because, through precisely guided experimentation with a qualified teacher, you improve your movement habits by changing the wiring in your brain.

Please bring a yoga mat or thick blanket to lie on, socks and a towel to fold to put under your head if you need.

Teachers

CLARE MOREHEN – BALLET
Clare Morehen

Clare Morehen began her training at the Sunbury School of Dancing, before attending the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. At age 15, Clare was accepted into the Royal Ballet School. While a student Clare accepted contracts with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet, performing in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Donte Sonata, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, Natalia Makarova’s Sleeping Beauty and Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker.

Upon graduation in 2004, Clare accepted a position with Queensland Ballet under the directorship of Francois Klaus, where she was promoted to soloist in 2006 and principal in 2009. Throughout her 13 year career with the company, Clare worked with numerous Australian and international choreographers performing works by Francois Klaus, Natalie Weir, Nils Christie, George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Liam Scarlet, Peter Schaufuss, Ben Stevenson, Young Soon Hue-Simon, Mario Schroder, Ma Cong, Tim Podesta, Greg Horsman, Ai-Gul Gaisina, Stephanie Lake, Trey McIntyre, Kim McCarthy, Nicolo Fonte, Cameron McMillan, Gareth Belling and Jack Lister.

Clare performed many title roles throughout her career, in both classic and modern works, with personal highlights including: Juliet and Lady Capulet in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet, Blanche in Francois Klaus' A Streetcar Named Desire, Catherine in Natalie Weir's Wuthering Heights, Odette/Odile in Francois Klaus’ Swan Lake, and The Beige Couple in Nils Christie’s Short Dialogues.

Since departing from Queensland Ballet in 2017, Clare has worked as a freelance artist with the Covent Garden Dance Company, M&T in Motion and the Melbourne Ballet Company. In June Clare performed at the International Stars Gala in Ethiopia, raising funds for the PACO charity, supporting children and communities suffering the effects of HIV and AIDS. Most recently, Clare has been nominated in the 2017 Australian Dance Awards for most outstanding performance by a female dancer.

Clare has a passion for coaching and mentorship and has taught extensively throughout Australia and the UK. Clare was a part of the mentorship program at Queensland University of Technology, coaching and preparing graduate students for a career in dance from 2014-17. As a principal artist with Queensland Ballet Clare wrote monthly blogs with insights into the world of classical dance, and since 2016 has written a regular column for Dancetrain magazine.

Clare wishes to coach individuals with a passion for the art of movement and enjoyment of physical expression. 

GRAHAM FLETCHER – BODY CONDITIONING
Graham Fletcher

Graham was a late starter at 15 years old when first introduced to Ballet. After studying part time for 2 years at the Border School of Ballet, Graham was accepted into the Victorian College of Arts. Completing 2 years full time training was then accepted into the Queensland Ballet in 1990. Graham quickly moved through the ranks dancing Principal roles in “Carmen”, “Carmina Burana”, “Scherazade” and had principal roles created on him including “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Tempest”, “Bolero”, “Medea” and “Burning”. Working with Harold Collins, Jacqui Carrol and Natalie Weir were highlights.

During this time Graham travelled to London to Perform in International Gala’s on numerous occasions including a Royal Command Performance in the presence of Princess Diana.Graham left Queensland Ballet and moved to The Royal New Zealand Ballet for 3 years where he performed Principal Roles in “Cinderella”,” Coppelia”, “Firebird”, “Agon” (Balanchine), “4 Temperaments” (Balanchine) and “Petroushka”. Next was a trip to Europe visiting companies and joining Northern Ballet Theatre in the United Kingdom. Graham performed principal roles in “Dracula”, “Hunchback of Notre Dame” and had a variety of roles created on him including Don Jose “Carmen”. Other favourite roles included “Jardi Tancat” (Nacho Duato).

Returning to The Royal New Zealand Ballet for a further 3 years dancing Principal roles in their mixed repertoire of Classical and Contemporary. New roles were created in “Romeo and Juliet”, “Saltarello” and “Ihi Frenzy” and worked with International Choreographers including Mark Baldwin, Mark Morris, Christopher Hampson and Javier de Frutos.

Graham retired in 2003 and now has 3 children with his wife Larissa.Since retiring Graham has run his own Personal Training Business for the last 13 years and currently is a Senior Trainer and Assessor teaching Personal Training Qualifications.

NATALIE HAMMOND – JAZZ FUNK

Natalie Hammond

Born in Coonabarabran, Natalie began her dance training on the Gold Coast where she was a Star Dust Junior studying tap, jazz and musical theatre. She also represented her high school at the New South Wales State Dance Festival and the Schools Spectacular. In 1994 Natalie graduated from the Australian Ballet School with Honours and whilst studying at the school, Natalie was a silver medallist at the Asia Pacific Ballet Competition in Japan and a bronze medallist at the Adeline Genee Awards in London. In her graduation performance, she danced the role of Gerda in The Snow Queen.

In 1995, Natalie joined the Queensland Ballet and won critical acclaim for a variety of principal roles. These included Tough Girl in Antony Tudors “Echoing of Trumpets”, Lilac Fairy in “The Sleeping Beauty”, Myrtha, Queen of the Willis in “Giselle”, Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker” and Helena in “A Midsummer Nights Dream”. She was also a member of the company during their highly successful coast-to-coast tour of the United States. Natalie worked with a number of Australian choreographers during her time with the company including Natalie Weir, Stanton Welch, Garth Welch, Harold Collins, Stephen Baynes and Rosetta Cook.

In 2000, Natalie left the company to pursue other interests and spent time with World Dance Company dancing numerous international styles for their “Journey’s” tour and Expressions Contemporary Dance Company before taking up freelance and guest teaching throughout Queensland and New South Wales. Natalie has previously adjudicated Charters Towers, Redlands and Grafton Eisteddfods.

JOSEPH STEWART - CHOREOGRAPHY

A chameleon of his craft, Brisbane local Joseph Stewart is an award nominated choreographer, international dancer and musical theatre performer.Whilst a ‘Guest Artist’ and ‘Company Dancer’ with Queensland Ballet (2009-2012) under choreographic mentorship of François Klaus, Joseph was scouted as an emerging choreographer by current Queensland Ballet director Li Cunxin (2012-2014). During this time with Queensland Ballet (2009-2012) performing classical repertoire and contemporaryballets in corps and soloist roles, Joseph created choreographies 'Winter Dawn', 'Synergy' and 'Silence Thereafter' for the company.

In conjunction with being a 'Company Dancer', Joseph continued to develop his choreographic passion independently.

At 22 years old he Produced, choreographed and directed the 'Australian Dance Award' nominated production, 'Sweet Meniscus'. Recognised as a "Trailblazer" for the creation it was regarded as “Best New work” by Dance Australia's Denise Richardson and nominated by the Australian Dance Awards for 'Outstanding

Achievement in Independent Dance'. During this time Joseph's creations extended beyond the realms of the theatre into film. Choreographing dancer and actor with director Samuel Van Grimsen. In 2015 Joseph moved to Berlin and established with Australian dancer Tamara Zurvas, ‘Kunst Haus’. A hybridised performance company, ‘Kunst Haus’ collaborated with art gallery ‘Haute Presents’ and anamalgamation of established and emerging artists.

Alongside this, Joseph delved into musical theatre joining the cast as a dancer and singer for Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom Of The Opera".

In Schwerin (Germany), Joseph collaborated with Spanish choreographer Elena Lucas premiering 'In Illo Tempore' for Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater's Ballet Gala. As a creator, Joseph wishes to perpetually engage audiences beyond the physicality of dance. In doing so, drawing upon the hybridisation of the arts whilst working with a refined team of creatives to create strong and memorable performances. "as my choreographic language matures, i'm discovering the integral role that dance has for our community and the importance to share our stories and connect audiences."

BEVERLEY ANN JANSEN – FELDENKRAIS - AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT
Clare Morehen

Beverley Anne is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner in private practice since March 2000. She enjoys working with people of all ages and levels of mobility to help them improve the way they move, but has a particular interest in working with performers. Beverley Anne has worked as a movement tutor in the Performing Arts Department of University of Southern Queensland on and off since 2005, teaching Feldenkrais to actors in training.

She knows from personal experience how much your movement can improve with Feldenkrais. An accident and severe back injury at the end of her first year at uni, age 18, while studying Visual and Performing Arts at DDIAE (now USQ) put paid to any dreams she had around dance. Or so she thought…

So Beverley Anne had a career in theatre as a scenery and costume designer, scenic artist and makeup artist for many years, moved from there into film, then into educational film/video and publishing, working as a designer, art director and design project manager.

In 1995, Beverley Anne had her first Feldenkrais Functional Integration® lesson and it changed her life. For the first time in twenty years she could walk with ease and grace; movement was effortless and pain-free. By January 1997 she had made a sea change, career-wise, and embarked on a four-year training to become a Feldenkrais practitioner, something she intends to be doing (and able to do) for the rest of her life.

Since then, thanks to her new career path, her own movement has improved enormously. In 2010 she took up karate, to get strong, then, when the opportunity arose, Beverley Anne became a founding member of Glen Murray’s MADE in Queensland company of mature dancers, under the tutelage of Wendy McPhee and Glen Murray. Back to dance after a break of nearly 35 years!

She is now a member of WaW Dance, a collective of mature dancers. WaW Dance regularly collaborates with Vulcana Womens Circus on their shows. In 2015, internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Tiina Alinen invited Beverley Anne to be part of a dance project that culminated in a new work for five dancers, Moments of Self, which premiered in Brisbane in February 2017.

GAIL BUBB - LINE DANCING
Clare Morehen

Gail began dancing at the age of 3 years with the Morrow Academy of Dance in Canberra, studying the British Ballet Organisation (BBO) and National Dance Australasia (NDA) syllabi encompassing Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Highland and Stage Dancing and Singing, undertaking relevant examinations under Vera Lacey, Sydney.

Gail successfully competed in talent quests and numerous Eisteddfods at championship level in the ACT, NSW and Victoria and undertook many musical theatre roles with the Canberra Philharmonic Society including the role of Susan the Silent in Finnigan’s Rainbow, No, No, Nanette, Arsenic and Old Lace to name a few, and was a regular performer for the Annual Strike Up The Band series of Shows at the Canberra Playhouse.

Gail has also worked as a photographic and catwalk model for the Kimberley Modelling Academy, Canberra and also appeared in a number of print and television commercials and promotions.

Now living in Brisbane, Gail undertook all relevant CSTD Examinations and holds the CSTD Tap Diploma. She has also performed with the Steps Dance Centre and Shoestring Theatre Company and is currently choreographing for the current production of the Guys and Dolls Theatre Company.

Gail is a Resident Children's Dance Teacher at the Steps Dance Centre in Brisbane, undertaking weekly classes for Students from 2 ­ 16 years of Age encompassing CSTD Tap, Jazz and Theatrical Syllabi for examinations, soloists and performance teams. Gail also offers group and Private tuition and choreographs for Adults at Dance, an Adult Performance Team in Brisbane encompassing Tap and Jazz Ballet for regular performances within the local community at Womens Events, Nursing Homes and Respite Centres. Gail also supports the Abused Children's Trust annually.

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