Brisbane Contemporary Dance Intensive (BCDI) is Queensland’s most highly regarded short contemporary dance training course. Offered annually in both Summer and Winter, this intensive offers three programs for ages 12 through to 17+.

BCDI allows participants the opportunity to learn with EDC’s award-winning dancers, alongside a handpicked selection of industry renowned guest artists. Throughout the program, students will refine their technique, develop their performance skills through exploring EDC repertoire and deepen their ability to create unique and engaging dance.

Additionally, the teaching team will offer their personal insights through sessions discussing physical fitness, nutrition, audition processes, career pathways and more.

BCDI offers a holistic dance experience giving the participant insight into the world of a professional dancer.  Apply now to secure your position.

PLEASE NOTE: Places are subject to approval and granted based on date of application. Please apply early to avoid disappointment. 

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Introductory Contemporary Dance Program for ages 12+
9am - 1pm | 8 -10 January

EDC Rehearsal Studio, Level 4

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD

Awaken is EDC’s inspiring new introductory program open to students aged 12 and upward wishing to take their first plunge into the world of contemporary dance or who would like to broaden their understanding of the genre. Our experienced EDC teaching artists will deliver a unique learning experience and detailed program focusing on all aspects contemporary dance technique including creativity, skill development, technique, movement exploration and the discovery of new ideas about the body and its relationship to movement. This intensive provides the perfect platform for students wishing to build all of the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to embark on their future contemporary dance studies. 

The Awaken program provides focused half-day introductory sessions during the first week of the BCDI .


Foundational Contemporary Dance & Pre-Tertiary Program for ages 13+
9am - 5pm Week 1 and/or Week 2 (8 - 12 January / 15 - 19 January)
$570 per week or $1050 for both weeks
QUT Kelvin Grove Dance Studios Building Z9 Level 3 Rooms 330 & 340
25 Gona Parade, Kelvin Grove QLD

Our Expand program caters for young aspiring dancers wishing to be inspired by all aspects of contemporary dance.  We encourage applications from those aged 13 and upward who are not yet in tertiary dance training or full-time dance training but wish to gain more knowledge and skills. A thorough tailored training program delivered by EDC dancers and guest artists will encourage an ongoing expanding awareness of the contemporary dance form and the opportunities that it presents for learning and development. The program provides 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 a future in dance. 


Tertiary, Pre-Professional & Professional Program for ages 17+
9am - 5pm Week 1 and/or Week 2 (8 - 12 January / 15 - 19 January)
$570 per week or $1050 for both weeks
QUT Kelvin Grove Dance Studios Building Z9 Level 3 Rooms 330 & 340
25 Gona Parade, Kelvin Grove QLD

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. With access to exceptional teaching artists from EDC and Australia-wide, Expressions Dance Company will provide a training platform where dancers can identify potential career pathways, gain new personal insights and take their contemporary dance understanding to new levels within a supportive environment. The Flourish  program represents the perfect opportunity for dancers who have already received extensive training or those who have begun a pathway in the contemporary dance industry but would like the opportunity to hone and deepen their understanding of contemporary dance practice as well as the opportunity to build new creative skills, techniques and networks.    

In our EXPAND and FLOURISH programs we have two weekly themes which are focused on two areas which we have identified as crucial to contemporary dance studies training. Our first week focuses on the concept Artistry which looks at the body as a finely tuned instrument with refined technical facility but also our ability to communicate ideas and hone our individual physical and expressive virtuosity. Our second week looks at Inspiration and supports the notion that we as dancers to feed our bodies and minds with ideas and processes that inspire us to discover our creative potential. Insight is an overarching theme that will run through both weeks of the BCDI Expand and Flourish programs, we will be focusing on inviting guest artists to share their thoughts and experiences from the dance industry in a series of structured spotlight interviews and open discussions. This invaluable opportunity to to connect with industry professionals in an informal studio environment will help to provide you with new perspectives, understandings and insights into our chosen profession.

Photos far left and second from left by FenLan Chuang. 

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.