Brisbane Contemporary Dance Intensive

Winter 2017

Brisbane Contemporary Dance Intensive (BCDI)

Spend your holidays with some of Australia's most respected dance artists.

Applications for the Summer 2018 program will open soon. 



Awaken is a new addition to our BCDI Program, open to those students aged 12 and upward who are seeking a detailed introduction to contemporary dance technique. Focused on building skills, awakening new movement pathways and finding creative and explorative approaches to movement, this intensive 101 introduction to contemporary dance will give students all the foundational knowledge and confidence they need to embark on their contemporary dance studies. The Awaken program will provide focused half-day introductory sessions.


Our Expand program caters for dancers from the age of 14 and upward who are not yet in tertiary dance training or training full-time. The program aims to provide a stimulating and detailed training experience in which students can expand on their existing contemporary dance knowledge, discover new body connections, engage creatively with others, build confidence, and prepare for further studies in dance. A thorough and stimulating program delivered by EDC dancers and guest artists will cultivate an ongoing expanding awareness of contemporary dance.


Designed for those aged 17 and over, our Flourish program provides an accelerated and focused experience for dancers currently in full time training; and for professional dancers already in the industry. Flourish offers the opportunity for deep and concentrated focus on contemporary dance practice as well as the opportunity to build skills, networks and gain new personal insights. With access to exceptional teaching artists from EDC and Australia-wide, Expressions Dance Company will provide a training environment where dancers can identify potential career pathways and take their contemporary dance understanding to new levels.


Guest Facilitators - Winter 2017


Program Details

SUMMER 2018:

WEEK 1:   8 - 12 January
WEEK 2: 15 - 19 January

Program 1 - AWAKEN

Introductory Contemporary Dance Program
Location: EDC Rehearsal Studio, Level 4 Judith Wright Centre, 320 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD
(dates and times TBC)

Program 2 - EXPAND

Foundational Contemporary Dance & Pre-Tertiary Program
Location: QUT Dance Studios 330 & 340, Building Z9, 25 Gona Parade, Kelvin Grove QLD
9am - 5pm Week 1 and/or Week 2

Program 3 - FLOURISH

Tertiary, Pre-Professional & Professional Program
Location: QUT Dance Studios 330 & 340, Building Z9, 25 Gona Parade, Kelvin Grove QLD
9am - 5pm Week 1 and/or Week 2

Chanthalah Webster-Tight

Core Yoga and Physio

In 2009 Chanthalah graduated with a Dean’s Commendation for her Masters in Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland (UQ). It was culmination of a long journey of a love of understanding the human body, movement dynamics, and yoga and it has continued to be one of the best and hardest things she has ever completed. This passion for the body in motion was sparked from the completion of her Associate Degree and Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2000 and then and the completion of her Diploma of Yoga Teaching through the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA). Practicing and teaching yoga has formed Chanthalah’s foundation in unraveling and deconstructing movement patterns, strengthened by her biomechanical understanding gained through her clinical physiotherapy work. In addition to teaching yoga full-time and running her own private musculoskeletal clinic in West End, during 2009/12, Chanthalah also lectured and tutored in Human Anatomy for Creative Industries (CI) at QUT. During that time she also coordinated the Transitional Training Program, which allowed her to teach yoga and functional dance anatomy and biomechanics to the full-time, pre-professional tertiary dance students at QUT. She was also their diagnostic physiotherapist. Between 2010/12 Chanthalah was employed and mentored by senior sports physiotherapist Peter Wells at RHP Physiotherapy who is both the lead physiotherapist for the QAS and Professional Therapies Coordinator for Swimming Australia and for the Olympic Swimming Team. Changing dysfunction of the upper limb has become a key area of focus for her and is something she works on with many yoga practitioners and teachers throughout Queensland. Chanthalah is passionate about optimizing the health and wellbeing of her patients through the integrative practice of yoga and physiotherapy. As part of Core Yoga’s Wellness and Health Partnership with Queensland’s Expressions Dance Company (EDC), she is currently the company physiotherapist. Throughout her career, she has also had the privilege of working with professional dance companies including dancers from Dance North, Queensland Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre, West Australian Dance Company, Melbourne Ballet Company, New Zealand Ballet, and touring musicals.

Sally Wicks

Guest Artist

Graduating from QUT in 1995 Sally performed work by Natalie Weir winning Best Contemporary Dancer at the Sanlam International Competition. Aged 18, she joined Graeme Murphy’s Sydney Dance Company performing: Free Radicals, Salome, Berlin, Beauty and the Beast, The Protecting Veil, New Blood, Ellipse, Air and Other Invisible Forces, 20th Anniversary Retrospective. In 2003 she joined Expressions performing Maggi Sietsma’s Virtually Richard 3rd, Flight, The Fifth Door, Score, Rites of Spring, Alone Together, If Only and Natalie Weir’s The Insider. Choreographic credits include: Empathy is the Devil (film), which screened at Cannes and is nominated for a 2017 Ausdance award, Hanta’s Head for Expressions, nominated ‘Best New Work’ in Dance Australia’s Critics Choice Award, In Time for Sydney Dance Company, So(i)ul for the Lithuanian Exhibition QLD Museum, WWW with Elizabeth Cameron-Dalman and two scholarships as participant then mentor to the International Dance Web, Vienna. Sally has taught for Bangarra, EDC, SDC, Ausdance, ACPA, and dance institutions nationally and internationally. In 2011 she obtained a Bachelor of Health Science and has practiced as an acupuncturist and kinesiologist. Recently she was EDC’s rehearsal director for Natalie Weir’s 2017 signature season, Behind Closed Doors.

Nathan Tight

Core Yoga and Physio

In 2000 Nathan received his Associate Degree in Dance Performance at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and followed this with the completion of his Diploma of Yoga Teaching through the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA). Nathan has been the Director of Core Yoga Studios Brisbane for 15 years and is a Senior Level 3 Yoga Australia registered teacher. Nathan has always had a keen artistic, visual eye following from his earlier years as a visual artist and youth arts facilitator. He was able to integrate his love of making movement and art during 2 years of working with renowned Artistic Director of Circa, Yaron Lifschitz in 2001/03 in a choreographic and artistic capacity. Between 2003/12 Nathan was a valued sessional lecturer for Creative Industries (CI) in the Dance Department at QUT, sharing his skills in yoga and technical alignment with the full-time, pre-professional tertiary dance students at QUT enrolled in the BFA (Dance Performance). During his career as a full-time yoga teacher and movement educator his work has directed him towards an insightful, informed, and refined sense of how a person moves within the context of yoga and movement therapy. He articulately presents classes with a clear understanding of anatomy and core alignment that are integral in safe, flowing movement. Over the past 4 years through Core Yoga’s Wellness and Health Partnership with Queensland’s Expressions Dance Company (EDC), Nathan teaches weekly company yoga class for the beautiful company dancers, both in the studio and in the theatre. This continues today. Furthering his studies and deepening his practice Nathan is currently completing his Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy through Yoga Therapy Australia.

Miranda Glikson

Guest Artist

Performer, choreographer and dance educator Miranda Glikson completed her training at QUT in 1994. Early professional engagements were with The Queensland Ballet, The Royal New Zealand Ballet and Singapore Dance Theatre. Since 2000 Miranda has been based in Germany where she worked for several years with Tanzcompagnie Giessen and diverse dance theatre projects as with Bodytalk Bonn and GM Dance Köln. As an independent artist Miranda engages in solo-based performance improvisation and site-based dance-making, collaborating with long-term partners in the German experimental music community and visual arts. Miranda has been engaged as a guest teacher and assistant for dance companies and institutions in Germany and Australia and her education work extends to youth and community engagement dance projects. Between 2009-11 she was as a full-time company trainer and choreographic assistant with Tanzkompanie Oldenburg/Nordwest Tanz at Staatstheater Oldenburg. Currently she teaches in Brisbane for Expressions Dance Company. In 2014 Miranda completed a Masters of Arts in Contemporary Dance Pedagogy at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Currently she is undertaking a scholarship supported practice-led PhD at Queensland University of Technology.

Anastasia Woolmer

Guest Artist

After completing an Advanced Diploma of Dance at the Australian Ballet School Anastasia began her career working with the Queensland Ballet. She then joined the Norwegian National Ballet dancing both principal and soloist roles. Following this Anastasia worked for Sweden's Gothenburg Opera Ballet, performing works by renowned contemporary choreographers including Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Jacopo Godani, Tero Saarinen and Ohad Naharin amongst others. Returning to Australia, Anastasia joined The Australian Dance Theatre and danced in works by Gary Stewart including Birdbrain, Held and the Age Of Unbeauty. Anastasia has also undertaken several freelance dance works, including an Australian tour of Amanda Phillips work Chinese Whispers while six months pregnant. Anastasia set out on a new training regime in 2016 to get a fit mind, focussing on memory techniques and cognitive function. Six months later she won the 2016 Australian Memory Championship, the first time a female has been named as having the best memory in Australia. During this competition Anastasia set new Australian records including the most binary digits recalled in 5 minutes (360) and the most random numbers recalled in 15 minutes (304). She also matched the record for the most abstract images recalled. Anastasia now trains individuals to improve their memory, and for dancers has recently developed ways to use memory techniques to quickly and accurately learn movement sequences while enhancing movement quality.

Fiona Cullen

Guest Artist

Fiona started her training at Bodenwieser Dance Centre and the Australian Choreocentre in Sydney. She spent a year at the Centre for the Performing Arts in Adelaide before she returned to Sydney to perform with One Extra Dance Company. Fiona joined Tasmania Dance Co before being awarded 2 scholarships to study at the London School of Contemporary Dance. From 1978-1991 Fiona was a professional dancer in Australia, the UK and Europe. In 1984 she was a founding member of La Bouche in London, a mixed- media music/dance/video group. Whilst working in London Fiona was busy teaching at Pineapple Dance Studios, Laban School of Dance, Second Stride Dance Company, Adventures in Motion Pictures and DV8. Since 1991 Fiona has been a Contemporary lecturer at QUT Creative Industries (winning a Dean’s Award 2009) and taught at the Queensland Ballet Professional Year, the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts and Queensland Dance School of Excellence. She has also been a guest teacher for various companies, including Bangarra Dance Theatre, Chunky Move Dance Company, DV8, Dance North and is a regular teacher for EDC. More recently she has developed her photographic skills and has exhibited her work at the Brisbane Powerhouse, the Judith Wright Arts Centre, Glass Bar and the Australian Choreographic Centre in Canberra.

Liesel ZInk

Guest Artist

Liesel Zink is a Brisbane based choreographer interested in politics and social psychology. She has an national and international practice that spans across dance, theatre and live arts. As an independent she creates large scale movement works in densely populated spaces, weaving in and out of pedestrian traffic and blurring the line between social experimentation and performance. Her most notable public spaces works include ‘The Stance’ (performed in South Korea, Hungary and cities around Australia) and award-winning work ‘fifteen’ (Next Wave VIC & Brisbane Festival QLD 2012). Liesel has been commissioned to choreograph works for dance works for Australian contemporary dance companies including Tasdance, Expressions Dance Company, LINK Dance Company and Artslink QLD youth touring program. Liesel performs with Polytoxic Dance Company and produces events in her local arts community. She has been an associate artist of La Boite Theatre Company, EDC and Advising Panel for Backbone Youth Arts and The Angry Mime.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Please note, your place in the program is only confirmed once full payment has been received.  Other participants may be on the waiting list so it is vital we try and accommodate as many willing participants as possible. If you have made your payment and confirmed your place but wish/need to cancel please note the following terms and conditions:

  • Cancellation outside of 21 days of the program commencement date – full refund.
  • Cancellation less than 21 days but more than 14 days of the program commencement date – 25% of payment is withheld as administration fees and not refundable.
  • Cancellation within 14 days of the program commencement date – no refund is offered however your fee may be transferred to another BCDI program later in the year or the following year**

**Whilst we understand last minute illness and injury can take place as well as your circumstances, the exclusive nature of the program and limited positions, does not allow us to offer last minute refunds.   We will work closely with you however to ensure you do not miss out on this opportunity in future.