Teachers Professional Development Workshop
LJ Projects is excited to announce our first ever Teachers Professional Development for the Sunshine Coast. Over a two day period we will host a range of exciting artists from around the world on their practice.
If you prefer to receive an invoice please do send us an email.
In October we will host four exciting artists in our studio to deliver workshops for teachers. These workshops are open to anyone and any teacher, no training necessary only a desire to learn! Below are details of the artists and workshop information.
Date: Friday 22nd-Saturday 23rd October
Time: 9am- 3pm
Location: 1/131 Currie St Nambour 4560 (Enter parking at 34 Howard St)
Cost: $250 Full Weekend
$175 One Day
Jo Cork, a seasoned dance artist in the UK who specialises in dance and technology. She will deliver an exciting workshop on how to create and shoot dance.
Courtney Scheu, an international artist now based on the coast who will take you for a walk and delve into site specific dance.
Sammie Williams, a diverse artist based in Brisbane who crosses both contemporary and hip hop styles, she will offer a workshop playing with and breaking down movement.
Melissa Lanham director of LJ Projects will facilitate a choreography workshop offering tasks and ways into creating movement.
Program Details and Rundown
9am- 11am Jo Cork Dance Film
11am-12am Devising with Melissa Lanham
1pm-3pm Courtney Scheu Site Walk Workshop
9am- 11am Jo Cork Dance Film
11am-12am Devising with Melissa Lanham
1pm-3pm Sammie Williams Movement Language
JO CORK is an independent dance artist, choreographer and screendance maker, drawing on exploration of the human experience to create her work. She is interested in the territory between choreographic practice and film composition and in finding effective ways to use digital formats of work to bring contemporary dance to broader audiences and more diverse venues.
Jo grew up in the Peak District in England and studied at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. She made live work for Liverpool’s LEAP Dance Festival and Ludus Dance Cuts Festival and danced in works by Lea Anderson and Frauke Requardt, Kate Jackson, Ruth Tyson-Jones, Fleur Darkin and Gary Clarke alongside practicing in dance in health and extensively as a teacher. After a period dancing with Temporeare Theatre in Berlin, Jo moved to London, working with STREB, Tempered Body Dance Theatre, London Symphony Orchestra and House of O’Dwyer before joining the artistic community at Chisenhale Dance Space.
In 2016, she completed the award winning dance film, Sensate and has since developed numerous screendance works including films, multi-screen/device and hologram installations, and pieces utilising QR codes and elements of augmented reality. Her works have been shown across the globe in festival settings, art galleries and museums, as well as in less conventional spaces including pubs and restaurants. She has worked both independently and as choreographer and co-director for Studio for Electronic Theatre.
Jo is a member artist at Chisenhale Dance Space and since 2019, is a Studio Wayne McGregor QuestLab Artist. Studying at London Contemporary Dance School, Jo completed an MA in Screendance in 2020. She is a guest lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and London College of Music, and has been employed as a Dance Film Mentor by One Dance UK, Dance X Change Birmingham and various professional independent artists.
Courtney Scheu is an independent dance artist. Scheu is training to become a Gaga Teacher with Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company, Israel) through the support of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Arts Queensland. In 2019, Scheu collaborated with visual artist Itamar Freed through Airie - Artist in Residence in Everglades within the UNESCO World Heritage Everglades National Park Florida USA 2019. She presented new a contemporary dance work created in collaboration with Freed in Supercell Contemporary Dance Festival 2020, Horizon Festival Homegrown 2020, Tempo Dance Festival 2020 and the Modes of Capture Symposium, Dublin Festival 2021. Scheu is committed to contributing to conversations of dance, education and the cultural landscape of Queensland. https://courtneyscheu.com/
Sammie is a versatile performer, choreographer and educator ranging in techniques from contemporary to hip-hop dance. Sammie completed her formal dance training at QUT receiving a BFA and diploma in education. Informally she has been part of the hip hop dance scene for over 15years both in Brisbane and Melbourne. Her practice ranges from working within theatre to commercial and community contexts. She shares a passion for working with people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds.
Her commercial choreographic work includes film clips Balloons for Foals and Be Gone for Tara Simmons. Contemporary works for QUT’s performance seasons ‘Empty beats for lonely dancers’ (2009), One Way (2010 & 2013) and Hands That Hurt (2011). Sammie has also worked as choreographer for two developments of Brown Honey company’s hip hop musical ‘Twelve’ for Queensland theatre company’s greenhouse seasons. Sammie has performed in Force Majeure’s choreographic lab, the Expressions education team, Dancehouse (vic), the Place prize (uk), the Australian Dance Festival and numerous independent seasons and commercial works. Some of her recent performance credits include ‘Hot Brown Honey Burlesque’, ‘Boiling Point’ (Phluxus 2), Slowdive (Claire Marshall), Fifteen (Liesel Zink), solo work ‘Klub Kulcha’ and Motherboards’ production of Deluge for the Brisbane Festival, Seoul International Dance Festival and Sewol memorial 2015.
As a dance educator Sammie has experience working across a wide range of age groups including working as a high school dance teacher, guest choreographer, workshop mentor and children’s classes at various private studios. Sammie was the Qld coordinator for street dreams a free community hip hop dance program which saw her run weekly classes across 5 locations in Brisbane and outlying suburbs and at the Brisbane youth detention centre.
Melissa began her professional career as a dancer in Sydney working with some of Australia's foremost independent choreographers and commercial artists. For several years she danced in works for Double Vision, Darc Swan, Kinetic Energy, Sue Spence, Annette Eyland and Chrissie Coltai. In commercial work she danced on television for Channel 7 as a backup dancer for Karen Knowles, Julie Anthony, the Australian Opera and Tommy Tycho amongst other commercial work. She then moved into independent work after gaining a postgraduate Qualification in Dance Therapy and spent many years instigating and facilitating social inclusion projects in Queensland.
She has choreographed for many years across South East Queensland in Tertiary and Secondary Schools. Melissa received the Maroochy Shire Achievers Cultural Award for her services to dance and moved to the U.K to work at DanceEast. Whilst there she worked with companies Henri Oguike, and Britten Sinfonia on a multi layered project out of the Bury St. Edmunds Cathedral and with Bare Bones (Birmingham)on their regional tours. She danced on film for the Costume Museum commissioned by the National Trust. Melissa choreographed for several youth dance companies, led and facilitated community based projects in south east England. Since returning to Australia, Melissa now teaches and choreographs constantly and extensively throughout Australia and has continually facilitated projects throughout S.E Qld.
In 2015 she choreographed Counter World - where she brought in 150 students across 9 schools in one complete performance. . In 2017, Melissa conceived, facilitated and choreographed F u R Y – the Extensive Youth Dance Project that brought together over 90 young dancers from 7 schools and studios to perform together on a dance-installation performed ‘in the round’. This stunning work was so popular that this project will be repeated in 2018. She has just completed a 4 year tenure on the board of the Regional Arts Development Fund and is regularly engaged to speak on Dance and the Arts.