Workshops & Holiday Classes

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

Fusako Skelton Fusako Skelton Ballet Workshop

We’ve been able to tempt the fabulous Fusako Skelton to return to CDT to create a joyful new Ballet work set to contemporary music for CDT’s 40th Birthday production in October. Fusako trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School before her international career and she now runs her own ballet studio Ballet Masters GC.

To assist Fusako in her planning, please sign up as soon as possible. The deadline for the early bird price is Thursday 23 August.
Workshop dates and times: Saturday 8 September 1.30pm – 5.30pm, Sunday 9 September 9.30am -1.30pm
If you are planning to be in the production at the Street Theatre, you would need to also attend the following:

  • Rehearsals: Saturday 15 & 22 September and 6 October, 1.30-2.30pm, and Saturday 29 September, 1.00-2.00pm
  • Plot and tech at the theatre: the evening of Wednesday 10 October
  • Dress rehearsal: the evening of Thursday 11 October
  • Performances: Friday 12 and Saturday 13 at 7.00pm and Sunday 14 at 5.30m

Entire package of weekend workshop with Fusako, then rehearsals for the production:

  • By Thursday 23 August: Concession – $195. Full – $230
  • From Friday 24 August: Concession – $235. Full – $270

You will also be required to purchase a costume (costs to be determined but we’ll make sure it’s reasonable).

If you are not intending to be part of the performance you are still very welcome to attend the weekend with Fusako and learn the dance. There may be other opportunities to perform it in the future. Please note that due to the limited time Fusako has, you will be asked to work behind the dancers who will be performing, and will not be given specific attention.

Weekend workshop only:

  • By Thursday 23 August: Concession – $110. Full – $125
  • From Friday 24 August: Concession – $130. Full – $150
  • Saturday 8 September 1.30pm – 5.30pm, Sunday 9 September 9.30am -1.30pm

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

7 & 8 July Winter Weekend Workshop for Teens and Young Adults with Special Need: Drumming and Rhythm! with Luke Mulders & Jacqui Edmondson

This workshop for teenagers and young adults with extra needs explored rhythm as an energising element for daily living. With reference to the “Teens” 2017 winter workshop (where body percussion merged with dance), they used drums in the style of West African music and dance in conjunction with drumming to express the interplay of music with dance in this exploration. Participants had the opportunity to find life examples of rhythm for them personally. The workshop culminated in an opportunity to present a closing performance for their families.

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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