Spring Training Intensive 2011

Dancehouse goes a little bit boy-crazy this Spring! Its an all male line-up bringing you a diverse range of artists, techniques and perspectives. Take your pick or get serious and do them all!

The Spring Training Intensive for 2011 will take place from Monday to Friday, for 2 weeks beginning September 26.

Morning classes with:


And Choreographic workshops with


Where: Upstairs Studio
Dates: September 26 - October 7 (Monday to Friday Only)
Time: 10.00 am - 11.30 am

Morning classes
10 classes block $140 full $120 conc $100 members
5 Classes block $75 full $65 conc $55 members
& Casual classes $16 full $14 conc $12 members.

TO BOOK: Call Bridget, 9347 2860 or email

Octavio Campos
Dance Theatre Technique

A contemporary dance theater technique class developed from Octavio Campos' own movement vocabulary and improvisation techniques, with strong formative influences from Pina Bausch, GaGa, Eurocrash and Cuban cultural dance traditions. Dancers work with initiation and arrival, stillness and counter-balance within visceral and organic movement flowing seamlessly from an individual movement research state to a technical dance state. The voice will be exercised as a muscle and will be integrated to the technique giving participants new ways of realizing movement and making dances, encouraging curiosity and exploration.

Octavio Campos is a Miami born Cuban-American transdisciplinary artist. He studied dance and composition at the State University of New York at Purchase, Martha Graham School, Folkwang Schule of Pina Bausch and the Lincoln Center Director's Lab. Octavio's work has been performed in theaters and opera houses throughout Europe, North and South America. He has collaborated within the works of Robert Wilson, Vivienne Newport, Birgitta Trommler, Philip Glass, Los Carpinteros, Honeygunlabs, and currently with Rosie Herrera. Campos was honored at the Berliner Theater Treffen in 2001 for his choreography, a Miami Choreographers Fellowship recipient for 2005 & 2009 and Interdisciplinary Arts Fellow 2010 for the State of Florida. He has given master classes and workshops worldwide, notably at the Florida Dance Festival, Catholic University Belgium, Centro Cultural Lima, Frankfurt Schule de Darstellender Kunst, The Theater Offensive, St. Petersburg Music Hall in Russia, Broward Correctional Institute for Women in Florida at the New World School of the Arts and is founding artistic director of Camposition. (


Phillip Adams
Contemporary Technique

This class involves a structured warm up that leads to a technically demanding phrase. Emphasis is on clarity and precision whilst moving through states of highly complex material yet remaining released in the moment.

Phillip Adams is the founder and Artistic Director of BalletLab, forming the company upon his return home from New York in 1998. Phillip is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and his performing arts background spans a 25 year career in contemporary dance. Phillip lived and worked in New York for a decade after being awarded the ANZ International Fellowship Award in 1988. He was a member of several leading dance companies and worked with many independent choreographers including BeBe Miller, Trisha Brown, Irene Hultman, Sarah Rudner, Amanda Miller, Donna Uchizono and Nina Wiener to name a few. A decade on, his achievements and qualifications cover a range of creative ventures including commissions, touring, awards, residencies, mentoring and a highly regarded body of artistic works. Phillip has been commissioned by several leading dance and theatre companies including The Australian Ballet, Arena Theatre, Chunky Move, Back to Back Theatre, Guangdong Modern Dance Company (China), Dance Works Rotterdam (Nederlands), City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong), Tasdance, Sydney Mardi Gras and One Extra Co. Phillip is regularly commissioned by Australian dance institutions and universities, and teaches workshops nationally and internationally.


Luke George
Everything All The Time

This class is about developing tools and tactics for dancing and performance. This may or may not involve: doing movements; imagining doing movements; improvisation; rolling on the floor; touching each other; talking, moaning and screaming; seeing; and being seen. We will access and build our sense of awareness, presence, decision making, quality and imagination.

Luke George began dancing with Stompin (Tasmania) and is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. His practice as performer, choreographer, collaborator, teacher and curator has taken him throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and North America. Luke has predominantly performed with Phillip Adams BalletLab, Jo Lloyd and Gideon Obarzanek/Chunky Move, as well as with artists Miguel Gutierrez (NYC), Stephanie Lake, Frances d'Ath, Shelley Lasica, Jerril Rechter, ITOH Kim (Tokyo) and Deborah Hay (solo performance project). As a choreographer Luke's work has been presented by Arts House, Dancehouse, PICA, Dance Massive, Next Wave festival, Melbourne Fringe, 10 Days on the Island and he has performed his work in New York and Tokyo. Choreographic highlights include NOWNOWNOW, LIFESIZE and Home all of which have received Australian Dance and Green Room award nominations. Luke was Artistic Director of Tasmanian youth dance company Stompin 2002-2008, during which he directed and choreographed new works with hundreds of young performers. Luke is currently resident performance maker for a club night called JOHN and with Brooke Stamp co-facilitates First Run hosted by Lucy Guerin Inc.


Matthew Day
Contemporary mash-up

This class will start with a hot and sweaty warm up followed by a meditative practice to focus the energy. We will then articulate the body using simple and challenging movement phrases connecting deeply to the breath to initiate and support our dancing whilst exploring momentum, weight and gravity. We will experiment with the possibility of accessing a multitude of physical information by doing less, or by paying attention to our attention.

Matthew Day is a dancer and choreographer who is excited by intensely physical and conceptual choreographic practises that push the boundaries of dance and performance... Matthew is currently working on TRILOGY a series of dance solos. The first installment Thousands premiered at Next Wave Festival (2010) and has since been presented by PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Dance Massive and Brisbane Festival/Under the Radar. The second work in the series Cannibal premiered at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists (2011). Matthew is currently in development for Intermission the final work in the series due to premiere at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists (2012)...Matthew's choreographic work has been presented in Australia, The Netherlands, Belgium, Lithuania and Spain.


Tim Darbyshire
Contemporary What

The emphasis of these classes will be to stimulate the body and mind through physical and creative warm-ups. We will generate and embody movement by drawing on influences across a range of dance genres and physical practices, also exploring choreography/composition and improvisation tools as integrated techniques. We will work as single bodies, partners, small clusters and mass. We might explore things like touch, surface, friction, resistance vs release, sonic and rhythmic awareness, peripheral vision, tunnel vision, lack of vision, contrast vs precision and freedom within boundaries. Let's see.

Tim Darbyshire met performance at the age of eight. He aims to create challenging perceptual experiences through performing and creating. Currently he is working closely with sound design to realise the potential of intersecting sound and movement arts. His self-devised projects include Room Service (2006), Buckets and Other Things (2009) and Flush (2010). His current projects More or Less Concreteand Stampede the Stampede are somewhat hidden.

Tim studied Dance at QUT. His dance education has been influenced by particpation in the DanceWEB Scholarship Program (Impulstanz Festival in Vienna 2006 and 2009), extended training at Centre Nationale de Danse Contemporaine (France 2007), Victoria University's Solo Residency program (2008) and Dancehouse Housemate Residency (2009). He has engaged as a performer with choreographers in Europe and Australia including Vera Mantero, Emmanuelle Huyhn, Nuno Bizarro, Meg Stuart, David Wampach, Marianne Baillot, Antonio Julio, Christine de Schmedt, Eszter Salamon,Shelley Lasica, Phillip Adams and Agatha Gothe-Snape. He is a founding member of Sweet and Tender Collaborations, an international network who aim to collaborate across cultures and disciplines.


Luke Hockley
Warm Up

The class is for any performer who considers themselves to be reasonably physically engaged. The exercises are 'dance based' but do not involve long or complex phrases. The class does involve running and vigorous activity:

A warm up class that invigorates the body/mind. Drawing on Luke's experiences with physical theatre, voice, dance and functional anatomy this class will help performers engage, be present, alive and ready to create. The class will be structured around straightforward exercises that get the body warm. These activities are layered with concepts and feedback to connect what the performer is thinking with the activity they are doing. Luke's approach helps performers connect the way their body is built with the way their body moves.

Luke Hockley is a Green Room Award winning performer who has created work and performed nationally and internationally. He has taught for numerous companies including Kage, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Deakin University, VCA, Buzz Dance Theatre and Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake.


To book your spot, call 9347 2860 or email

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