Alice is a choreographer, director, teacher and dancer based in Perth Western Australia. As an independent artist, the Artistic Director of STEPS Youth Dance Company and sessional lecturer at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Alice has been dancing, making dances and making dancers professionally for the past ten years.
As an independent artist, Alice has created a number of works for companies and organisations such as Tasdance (Launceston), QL2 Dance (Canberra), Labor Forces Dances (New York), The Yard (Massachusetts) and locally for STEPS Youth Dance Company, Buzz Dance Theatre, WAAPA, Strut Dance, The Graduate College of Dance and Artrage.
Independently Alice has presented two full-length works, tiny little tragedies at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia in August 2012, and Preparing to be Beautiful at the Moore Building in Fremantle, October 2008. Alice is currently working on a new project.
Alice has been the Artistic Director of STEPS Youth Dance Company since 2009, during which time she has created a number of full-length works, toured regionally, and also internationally to Taiwan for the Dance and the Child International Conference in 2012. Since Alice's appointment, the company has been short listed six times for Outstanding Achievement in Youth or Community Dance at the Australian Dance Awards.
Registration is now open for the West Coast Summer Workshop, with Alice Lee Holland and James O'Hara - January 2016 - at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. See "Workshops" for further information.
Registration is now open for the West Coast Winter Workshop in Safety Release Technique - June 2015 at King Street Arts Centre Perth. See "Workshops" for further information.
Registration is now open for the Summer 2014 Infinity Interrupted workshop - see "Workshops" for further information.
Since 2004, Alice has focused her practice on the development of her unique choreographic voice. Below is a list of works created since then, which includes her independent works, as well as those she has been commissioned to create for various companies and organisations.
Alice's movement practice stems from her training in Safety Release Technique (SRT) studied with creator B.J. Sullivan (USA), as well as earlier training in Bodenwieser technique with Ruth Osborne (Australia).
Alice is committed to a contemporary dance style that is seeded from the modern dance tradition. Over the past twelve years, Alice's class has developed to focus specifically on training contemporary dancers to be as grounded as they are buoyant, as fearless as they are precise and equally as strong in their movement as they are released.
Alice's class begins with SRT floor work as developed from the Bartenieff Fundamentals. The repetition of simple actions allows the dancer to 'enter' the class with a quiet and focused mind and body, as well as a conscious awareness of their own unique anatomical considerations. Following the warm up, the class focuses on less familiar floor-based movement sequences that are increasingly complicated musically, temporally and sequentially. Here, there is a focus on the core as the "command centre" for these physical challenges. The second part of the class focuses more equally on the incorporation of the vertical; yet maintains the key focus that the dancer is in command of their movement through their awareness of and reference through the core.
Alice is currently codifying her own movement practice/philosophy as "Infinity Interrupted", which includes both her focus as a choreographer and also as a dance teacher.
View works for more detailed info and video on the pieces below.
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Monday 4 – Friday 8 January 2016, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia
Intermediate dancers: 9:00am – 1:00pm // Advanced/professional dancers: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
In the spirit of kicking off the new year with some super sweaty west coast dancing, 2016 brings a special dual workshop with two of WA’s most highly regarded contemporary dance artists – Alice Lee Holland (Safety Release Technique) and James O’Hara (Improvisation).
The workshop runs for four hours a day, for five days. The workshop is ideal for contemporary dancers at an intermediate level and beyond, with a good level of fitness.
Limited places available.