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Dance 12 @ QUT Gardens Theatre

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Dance 12 will showcase the talents of QUT's graduating dance students in a series of exciting performances running from the 6th to the 10th of November.

I'll be honest -- I'm no dance expert and I don't often get to see live dance performances. But, after checking out the Gardens Theatre website and seeing a clip of the kind of work that will be on show, I can't wait to head along to Dance12 next week.

[I've included the clip below so that you can also whet your appetite, if you're interested.]

Dance 12 will feature graduating students from QUT's Dance Performance program, which has a well-earned reputation for producing top-notch dancers and choreographers.

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Gardens Theatre
For this show, five guest choreographers were invited to work with the students: Gareth Belling from the Queensland Ballet; Elise May and Samantha Mitchell from Expressions Dance Company; Australian Grant McLay, who's recently worked with the Liz Roche Company in Dublin; and Keith Hawley, who's choreographed and danced for numerous stage musicals.

The choreographers will be putting the students' lithe bodies through their paces and, I'm sure, pushing them to the limit. With such a diverse group calling the shots, the show is bound to contain plenty of surprises.

Dance 12's other big attraction for me is its location at the Gardens Theatre. I attended this theatre for the first time only recently, and it proved a delightful surprise.

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Tucked away at the end of George Street, on QUT's Gardens Point campus, it's neither too big nor too small, is beautifully appointed, and has a lovely feel -- with a cruisy bar inside and a glass wall overlooking the Botanical Gardens. It's only a five-minute walk from the CBD, and has become one of my favourite performance venues -- definitely on a par with the smaller QPAC theatres (and offering more comfortable seats than La Boite!).

If you're not familiar with the theatre, I'd urge you to sample its delights next week. Tickets are very reasonably priced, and I can't think of any better place to enjoy some exciting performances from Brisbane's best emerging dancers.
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Update November 8th 2012
I saw the Thursday night performance and really enjoyed it. Both the choreography and the music were accessible even to those of us who aren't modern dance experts. There was also a real diversity on show -- everything from a minimalist piece performed to a classical track to a raunchy Madonna-style number. I particularly enjoyed the middle pieces, which featured large groups of dancers in powerful, synchronised choreography. Definitely worth a visit.
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Why? To see Brisbane's best young modern dancers
When: 7.30pm every night plus an extra 1pm show on Saturday
Phone: 3138 4455
Where: QUT Gardens Point, end of George St (next to City Botanic Gardens)
Cost: $12-$25
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