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Teachers Professional Development Workshop 

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. 

October 21st and 22nd

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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 21st-Saturday 22nd October 

Time:     9am- 4pm

Location: LJ Projects Studio, 1 Amaroo Avenue Nambour 4560

Cost:       $250 Full Weekend 

                $175 One Day 

Claire Marshall a seasoned dance artist who specialises in Screendance. She will deliver an exciting workshop on how to create and shoot dance.


Keren Leiman an international performer will offer a workshop exploring various world renowned choreographers and their creative practices. 


Fiona Jopp, a veteran performer will explore her creative practice and offer opportunities for solo and partnering choreography. 


Melissa Lanham director of LJ Projects will lead a creative discussion with the educators on relevant industry connection and collaboration.

Chloe Keating will facilitate a workshop exploring choreography and pathways into connecting emotion and expression into new material. 

Program Information Document 

Credit: Chloe Keating and Tobiah Booth-Remmers in Vincent. Image by Chris Herzfeld 
Credit: Dancer: Erin O'Rourke in Claire Marshall's dance film ReDial | ReCall.


Friday - 21st 

9am- 11am  Keren Leiman, International Choreogrpahers

11am-12am Industry discussion with Melissa Lanham


1pm-4pm Fiona Jopp choreographic workshop


Saturday - 22nd

9am- 11am Chloe Keating, Dance Theatre 


12pm-4pm Claire Marshall, Dance film 


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Claire Marshall

CLAIRE MARSHALL is an Australian choreographer, director, and editor most known for her dance films, live immersive contemporary dance projects, and choreography of music videos. Claire has developed a strong choreographic voice, unique aesthetic, and a passion for exploring storytelling in her choreography and dance films. Claire is a graduate of QUT’s Bachelor of Arts (Dance), but initially studied for two years to be a high school film and media teacher previously before realising her passion for dance. Claire has recently completed a Master of Fine Arts (Dance) at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne where she focused on her dance film practice.


Claire has made numerous choreographic works in Brisbane over the past twenty years including SLOWDIVE and FLAUNT at the Brisbane Powerhouse that saw sold-out seasons, acclaimed reviews, and subsequent tours in Queensland between 2010 and 2016. Claire has choreographed for Expressions Dance Company (now ADC), QUT, and various youth ensembles among other commissions. Claire has taught and choreographed for youth, dance schools, high schools, and dance studios since 1995 and ran Mill Street Studios from 2014-2019 which was a space for dance classes, workshops, as well as for her own independent practice.


Claire discovered her passion for dance film making her Australian Dance Award nominated PULSE at the Brisbane Powerhouse in 2012. In 2015, her acclaimed dance film WARD OF STATE won an Australian Dance Award and was screened internationally in 2016 including at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival where Claire travelled to as a finalist. Since then, Claire has become a leading artist in her field with her Australian Dance Award nominated 2019 film SHIFT winning the ‘Best of Fest’ in the 48th Dance on Camera Festival, New York. SHIFT screened in 20 festivals over the globe including the Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne (Burgundy, France), the highly revered London International Screen Dance Festival, and recently in the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) in October 2021. The film received outstanding reviews such as in the New York Times, observing Claire’s unique work and cinematic ‘artistic’ editing. 


Claire’s following film VOID has also received critical acclaim winning 8 awards and programmed in 32 international festivals, including in Ireland, Greece, Germany, Italy, Romania, Venezuela, Portugal, and closer to home, at Dancehouse Melbourne. Claire’s more recent dance film LOVE SONG which unfolds in a parallel/ split screen format has to date been programmed in 18 international film, art, and dance festivals winning many awards for the unique format of the film. 


Most recently, in June 2022, Claire created a new work PERMUTATIONS that positioned the audience in the centre of four screens where a 30-minute multiple perspective story unfolded around the audience as a screendance installation at the Brisbane Powerhouse receiving critical acclaim for industry and audiences as ‘performative film’.

Claire is currently in post-production for her 10th dance film which is screening in late September 2022.

Claire has also choreographed numerous music videos including for Darren Hayes, Megan Washington, Elizabeth Rose, Little Birdy, Kate Miller-Heidke, Powderfinger, The Sleepy Jackson, The Living End, John Butler Trio, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Tycho Brahe and tours for Savage Garden, Darren Hayes, and a video projection for ‘Father Figure’ for George Michael’s 25 Tour in 2006.

Keren leiman is a contemporary dancer based in the Netherlands. Zimbabwean born, she grew up in Queensland before moving to Switzerland in 2011 to complete her professional dance training at Ballettschule Theater Basel. Upon graduating she worked for two years with the Ballett Zürich under the direction of Christian Spuck where she was able to perform many classics such as Patrice Bart’s ‘Giselle’, Mats ek’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and William Forsythe’s ‘WorkWithinWork’.  She then made a transition to Germany, joining the Staatstheater Hannover in order to focus on a more modern repertoire.
In 2018 Keren joined the Netherlands Dance Theater 1 where she had the opportunity to perform pieces by numerous world renowned choreographers including Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot, Hofesh Shechter, Marco Goecke, Jiri Kylián, Edward Clug, and Yoann Bourgeois, to name a few.
Currently she is working as a Freelance artist where she will be assisting, creating and performing works alongside independent choreographers across Europe.

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Keren Leiman

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Fiona Jopp

Fiona has danced extensively in both Australia and internationally across many disciplines. She performed in Disney’s The Lion King for seasons in Sydney, Melbourne and Shanghai and the role of Anybodys in Pimlico Opera’s production of West Side Story in London.. 


As a contemporary dancer she has performed with Michael Clark Company, Bonachela Dance Company, Emanuel Gat Dance, Javier de Frutos and Lucas Jervies. During her time with Sydney Dance Company performed works by Rafael Bonachela, Jacopo Godani’s, Gideon Obarzanek, Andonis Foniadakis, Lee Serle, Cass Mortimer Eipper and Gabrielle Nankivell. As a Sydney Dance Company associate artist Fiona danced in award winning Nude Live choreographed by Rafael Bonachela and was performer and rehearsal director for Anthony Hamilton’s Crazy Times.


Fiona has also assisted in re mounting works by Rafael Bonachela on Sydney Dance Company, George Mason University in Virgina USA, Sydney Dance Company’s Pre Professional Year and set a duet by Emanuel Gat on the Czech National Ballet.


She created her first work, so much, doesn’t matter for Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks’ New Breed 2015 season and has continued to pursue a choreographic career making short works and choreographic explorations independently.


Fiona has also appeared in Madonna’s Filth and Wisdom, Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, Marc Forster’s World War Z, in PUMA advertising and in music videos for Calvin Harris and M.I.A.

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.


Melissa Lanham


Chloe Keating

Chloe is a performer and theatre maker currently working independently in the UK and Australia. She completed her dance degree from Queensland University of Technology in Australia, and gained a Masters in Theatre from Coventry University in the UK. She has worked as a performer for various artists in including Collusion, Liz Roche Company, Prying Eye productions and OutKast Opera Company. She has also worked commercially for large touring productions of Doctor Who’s Symphonic Spectacular and The Heard as part of GOMA’s Festival season. Throughout her MA she worked with Frantic Assembly developing a devised piece for the Lyric Hammersmith theatre in London in 2017. While in the UK she created a  new physical theatre show ‘My name is Sam’ under a newly established theatre company Sticky Toffee Theatre. And has begun working as a movement director for theatre groups throughout the UK.

Chloe has an interest in dance and theatre hoping to combine the disciplines to create work that is accessible for non arts audiences and create experiences that collaborate with the community. She is currently completing a Social Work degree looking to meld her practice in arts and community. Chloe's new show Endless focuses on anxiety and mental health awareness in this turbulent time. 

Ever since its inception Chloe has performed for LJ Projects in both the critically acclaimed Vincent from 2014-2019 and 2018 Antithesis. From 2019 Chloe has partnered with Melissa Lanham to run LJ Projects from the Sunshine Coast to expand the company. During this time they have created a comprehensive program of engagement initiatives and continue to provide professional works both locally and nationally. 

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