Workshops & Holidays

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

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


3 June: Inclusivity in dance classes*

* Rescheduled to Sunday 3 June

A professional development workshop for dance teachers working with people with disabilities. Details about sessions and presenters.

If you teach dance to people with a range of abilities then this workshop is for you. CDT has lined up an impressive group of dance teachers to guide and inspire you in planning and delivering inclusive dance classes. The workshop will cover topics including:

  • Structuring a balanced and logical class
  • Teaching aspects of dance technique in a creative way
  • Using imagery and props to promote an expanded range of movement and expression
  • Developing activities that can be accessed on multiple levels
  • Communication strategies and behaviour management strategies for people with high needs

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, Alison Plevey, Amy Forman and Michelle Forman.

Places are strictly limited so book now.  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. Cost: $80 ($70 concession card holders). Bookings at CDT canberradancetheatre@gmail or call 0435 025 365.

This workshop is supported by a grant from the ACT Government.


Past Holiday Class features

Carol BrownJanuary 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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