Workshops & Holiday Classes

CDT runs special workshops with real dance artists in ballet, contemporary, and other styles. We usually have holiday ballet classes January and July.

* Fees for special workshops 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 Workshops

GOLDS 2020 summer holiday with Carol Brown, creating a new work January 19 – 22. More info here.

Jake Kuzma

February 2020 Jake Kuzma workshop Contemporary Floor Work Introduction Jake has been using floorwork throughout his dance career and has worked with multiple professionals in the dance industry within this style. Floor work as a dance style is soft and gentle movement but also requires strength and core. It uses elements from contemporary dance, gymnastics and breakdance to travel in, out, around, and across the floor.

Carol Brown

January 2020 Disability dance workshop with Carol Brown & Cathy Coombes: CDT was delighted to hold a workshop for dancers living with disabilities led by international dance artists Carol Brown and Cathy Coombs. This workshop catered for dancers from age thirteen. There is no upper age limit.

William Fitzgerald

2019 Ballet: the long and the short of it, with William Fitzgerald: William taught a ballet technique class focusing on some of the skills needed to perform movement material from Loughlan Prior’s ballet the long and the short of it.

July 2019 There is a Season for CDTeens: All that is encapsulated by the seasons, from the chill of winter to the sizzle of summer, offers much to explore through dance. During the workshop, dancers creatively explored their experience of seasons, incorporating a variety of dance styles, as well as improvisation and creative exercises. The workshop w as an opportunity for dancers to explore dance techniques and creative processes in greater depth than can be achieved in weekly one hour classes. A collaborative approach was emphasised, with dancers contributing their own ideas and movement inspired by the theme of seasons. The workshop was taught by Gretel Burgess and Amy Macris.

April 2019 Tribal Dance with Gretel Burgess: In a high energy workshop, we learned traditional African dances, modern Afro Funk and Tribal Belly Dance movement. We delved into the stories told through specific dances and learned about the lives of the people who created these dances and the meanings of movements. There was opportunity to create our own story through movement and the use of colourful props and costumes. This workshop was open to everyone, although some experience of dance was recommended. And it was huge fun!

Georgia Powley

3 March 2019 Inside Swan Lake with Georgia Powley: This workshop gave experienced beginner to intermediate level dancers an opportunity to learn more about ballet, skills and choreography. It started with a warm up technique class covering the essentials of barre and center work. We learned repertoire from Swan Lake and briefly covered some fundamental elements of learning a new ballet/production, rehearsals, costumes, music and what it takes to bring a production onto the stage, ready for an audience.

15 November 2018 Ken Spiteri workshop for GOLDs: Born in Melbourne to Maltese parents, Kenneth has worked in film, theatre and sound internationally. Trained at L’Ecole Internationale Jacques Lecoq and with Pantheatre in Paris, he has completed dramaturgical studies with the WIW Akademie, Berlin. In Australia he has worked as an actor with state funded theatre companies in Canberra as well as the Melbourne Theatre Company and most recently with the Sydney Theatre Company on Garcia Lorca’s, “Blood Wedding”.

1 November 2018 Gail Hewton for GOLDs: Gail is passionate about transforming older people’s lives through the joy and many benefits of dance as well as sharing her knowledge and experience with other practitioners. More info –

8 & 9 September 2018 Fusako Skelton Ballet Workshop: we were able to tempt the fabulous Fusako Skelton to return to CDT to create the joyful new Ballet work A Maze In Day set to contemporary music for CDT’s 40th Birthday production. Fusako trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School before her international career and she now runs her own ballet studio Ballet Masters GC.

7 & 8 July 2018 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 2018: 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.

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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