The Party engages exceptional dance artists, musicians/composers, physical theatre artists and designers whose passions and skills drive each unique project. We also connect with scientists, academics and everyday people or communities who contribute skills and perspectives to develop multilayered new work that speaks to what we say, how we feel and move, now.

Alison Plevey

Alison is Founder and Party Leader of Australian Dance Party which began in 2016. She is an award-winning dance and physical theatre artist and performance maker. Core to her practice is youth dance, initiating multiple projects in her home town of Bathurst/Central West with her collaborator Adam Deuisen (Lingua Franca) and working closely with QL2 Dance as a choreographer, teacher and education manager since 2010. She has a conceived of over 30 projects in the ACT and Regional NSW largely driven by place and playfully inspiring thinking, action and change around urgent issues of our time through the universal communicator – the moving body.

Olivia Fyfe

Olivia grew up in Canberra, training at the Canberra Dance Development Centre and QL2 Dance. She went on to study at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Taipei National University of the Arts, graduating in 2010. Olivia has been dancing with Australian Dance Party since it’s beginning performing in: ‘Nervous’, ‘Shake It’, ‘Autonomous’, ‘TWO’, ‘Mine!’, ‘Weave Hustle and Halt’, ‘Water Tight’, ‘Powering the Dance’, ‘Situate’, ‘ENERGEIA’ and ‘From The Vault’. She is also a member of CO.LAB cross-disciplinary creative practice. Alongside performing Olivia teaches and choreographs at Dance Development Centre, Lisa Clark Dance Centre, as well as Canberra’s Youth Dance Company QL2 Dance.

Alana Stenning

Alana Stenning is a graduate of the Adelaide College of the Arts and previously trained at QL2 Youth Dance Company. Since graduating Alana has been performing with the Australian Dance Party and working as an independent performer and choreographer. She has created the works VGreat Woman Wolf Woman Bone Woman and in collaboration with Ryan Stone, Mulch. Alana has continued her relationship with QL2 as a professional performer, teacher and choreographer.

Steve Gow

Steve trained in hip hop, contemporary dance and acrobatics. After multiple seasons dancing with QL2 Dance and Quantum Leap, he has gone on to work with international and Australian artists including, Taylor Swift, Psy, Timomatic, Ricki-Lee and more. Working with Nick Power he helped develop and perform in hip hop theatre works that toured sold out shows nationally and internationally. Stephen has returned to Canberra and works as tutor, choreographer and AAD at QL2 Dance, teaches at Project Beats and is a board member of the Australian Breaking Association. Steve likes to use a unique fusion of contemporary and Breakin’ in his movement. He has collaborated with Australian Dance Party to create multiple works including ‘Energeia’ & ‘From the Vault’.

Ryan Stone

Ryan graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2017. He was a member of LINK Dance company in 2018, performing works from Richard Cilli, Tobiah Booth-Remmers, Ori Flomin and Michael Whaites across Australia and Europe. He joined Australian Dance Party in 2019 and has performed Soul Defenders, Wasted, Come to the Party, Escape to Plastika and the award winning From the Vault. He performed in ADP’s recent tour of Mine in Brisbane for Supercell. Ryan collaborated with Alana Stenning, premiering their work, Mulch at Festival of the Forest. He was also a collaborator in House of Sand’s first development of That Was Friday in 2020.

Eliza Sanders

Eliza is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, actor and graduate of The New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD). She is the co-artistic director of House of Sand. Eliza has created work on NZSD, QL2 Dance and Footnote Dance Company – the second time in collaboration with James O’hara. She has performed with Body Cartography, Australian Dance Party, The World of Wearable Art, Battleground Productions and Java Dance Theatre.
 Eliza is a certified Countertechnique teacher and was a key artist for the QL2 Make a Move program. Eliza was an international artist at Transformation Dance Festival Montreal in 2017 and her film M.G.W.H premiered at the F.O.R.M Festival in Vancouver 2016. In 2019 she danced for 24 hours straight in the durational epic ‘All (H)ours’. Eliza believes deeply that everyone can and should dance.

Alex Voorhoeve

Having strayed from a traditional musical education which offered Alex the opportunity through work with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra to embrace and enjoy some of the most sublime music the human experience has created, the politically and socially amplified turmoil of today’s existential dilemmas lured him into exploring alternative forms of expression using the versatility of his electric cello and the adoption of visualisation techniques as explored in Discovery-Familiarisation-Recognition. The past few years has seen an evolving participation in fringe cabaret and contemporary arts productions and performances with the Australian Dance Party, Ample Sample including a wildly psychedelic Kids Opera co-written by Tim Bevatt and a cadre of creatively uninhibited 12 year olds.

Andy McMillan

Andy’s ‘Doppel’ project is a blend of sounds, art & dancing; intricate and psychedelic with a focus on deep, earthy grooves, hypnotic rhythms, luscious soundscapes and twisting melodies. Touring festivals, clubs and the spaces in between around Australia & abroad, his productions are influenced in equal parts by the unique textures of life in Australia, the surging sunset to sunrise sounds of global electronic music as well as everything in between jazz, metal and hip hop to the blues.

Levente Szabo

Levente is from Hungary, where he studied gymnastics at an early age and later on classical ballet at the Hungarian Dance Academy. He worked in multiple national theatres in his birth country before moving on to contemporary dance, where he has explored the possibilities in Europe as free lance dancer. In early 2019 he moved to Australia where he continued dancing and teaching. Settling down in Canberra he was lucky to meet ADP and the gorgeous artists with whom he had the chance to work with in Symbiosis.

Melinda Smith

Melinda Smith is a poet, editor, teacher, arts advocate and event curator, living and writing in the ACT, on Ngunnawal Country. She is the author of eight poetry books, a former poetry editor of The Canberra Times, and a previous winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for poetry. Melinda has enjoyed a long collaborative relationship with the ADP, first joining their ongoing CO.LAB practice in 2017. She provided improvised spoken word accompaniment for CO.LAB performances ‘Which Weigh’ (Canberra Obscura: Metropolis, July 2017) and ‘Incellour’ (Haig Park Bubble, October 2019), and has co-developed a scripted dance + spoken work with Ryan Stone for the ADP’s ‘Symbiosis’ (2020-2021).    

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