Workshops & Holidays

CDT offers workshops and special Holiday classes at the CDT Studio!

Inclusive dance means many approaches

7 & 8 July Winter Weekend Workshop for Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs

Drumming and Rhythm! with Luke Mulders & Jacqui Edmondson

Each day: 10.00 am – 12noon, 1.00-3.00pm

Everyone has a heartbeat. The act of walking requires one to be momentarily off-balance and continue in rhythm.  Most people take over 15,000 breaths per day – the circular rhythm of breath. The natural world is governed by the rhythms of day/night, the seasons, our yearly trip around the sun, the life cycles of insects, flowers and so on.

We will be exploring rhythm as an energising element for daily living. With reference to the “Teens” 2017 winter workshop (where body percussion merged with dance), we will be using drums in the style of West African music. We will use dance in conjunction with drumming to express the interplay of music with dance in this exploration. Participants will have the opportunity to find life examples of rhythm for them personally. The workshop will culminate in an opportunity to present a closing performance for their families.

Luke is a percussionist/dancer  associated with CDT for over 7 years.  He has been developing his West African drum & dance for over 20 years under the tutelage of Mohamed Bangoura (Sydney based Griot from Guinea). Recently Luke has been incorporating more contemporary styles into his repertoire. With Amy Macris, Luke has been teaching the CDTeens during 2016-2017. He is a qualified Secondary school teacher and his current “day job” is guiding & teaching visitors in a local science centre.

Jacqui has been an enthusiastic player/performer of West African drum & dance for over 7 years. She has participated in many local drum & dance multi-day workshops in Australia with world-renowned artists and has danced in community events. Jacqui has also been on an extended drum & dance study tour in Africa. Outside of drum and dance, she is currently working as a tutor and studying to be a physiotherapist.

Cost: $80 (Early Bird by 28 June) or $110

Bookings: email or call 0435 025 365. Workshop fees can be paid directly to CDT’s bank account: Canberra Dance Theatre BSB 633-000 A/c 138404199. Please email details of the transfer to

Past Holiday Class features

3 June: Inclusivity in dance classes. A professional development workshop for dance teachers working with people with disabilities. Free for all CDT Teachers and Members, 9.45am – 5.00pm at Canberra Dance Theatre, corner of Kingsley Street and Barry Drive, Acton. CDT’s studio and facilities are accessible for people with disabilities. If you teach dance to people with a range of abilities then this workshop was for you. CDT lined up an impressive group of dance teachers to guide and inspire you in planning and delivering inclusive dance classes. The workshop is designed for dance teachers working in studio, educational and community settings. Adult dancers with a disability who are interested in teaching dance but may not yet have taught are particularly invited to attend. The content to be covered is relevant to all styles of dance. Presenters include: Philip Piggin, Gretel Burgess, Gabriele Green Ola, Amy and Michelle Forman, and Jacqui Simmonds. This workshop was supported by a grant from the ACT Government.

Carol Brown

January 2018: Carol Brown GOLD workshop: Carol conducted a 6-day Choreographic Workshop and re-created a work on the GOLD group. Carol is a renowned freelance community dance artist, consultant, facilitator, trainer, choreographer, producer, presenter and lecturer, based in Wales, UK. She has led community dance in the Swansea Bay area for 30 years, creating countless productions on professional and community casts of up to 300 people in community settings, theatres and on television. Check out some of her work as Director of TAN Dance.

December 2017 : Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM special workshops: Elizabeth is a prodigious figure in Australian contemporary dance. Most recently seem performing played the role of the Mother in Teac Damsa’s (House of Dance) reinterpretation of Swan Lake, she brings an extraordinary wealth of dance experience and teaching to CDT. Her bio is here.

July 2017 Teacher PL with Oliver Ransan-Elliot: We were very fortunate to have Oliver as our teacher for the afternoon. Oliver is an experienced physiotherapist and Pilates instructor with a background in dance – he was a dancer with the Australian Ballet Company and the West Australian Ballet Company. He has a special interest in rehabilitation for dancers. Oliver is well qualified to offer us an expert perspective on the topic of our workshop: biomechanics and dance.

Spring 2017: Elizabeth Cameron Dalman for Contemporary, Ballet with Katherine Harper

Winter 2017: Alison Plevey with Contemporary Dance Technique, Dominique Wood Ward with Ballet and Contemporary

Autumn 2017: Tara Chapman with Ballet, Olivia Fyfe with Contemporary

Summer 2017: Three amazing teachers. Laura Pearce (week 1) and Sally Pinder (Week 2) taking Ballet, and the extraordinary artists and dance teacher Dr Elizabeth Cameron Dalman OAM for Contemporary both weeks.

CDTeens 2017 Winter Holiday workshop with Amy and Michelle Forman



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