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Dance Academy

For other uses, see Dance Academy (disambiguation).
Dance Academy
Series logo
Genre Children / teen serial drama
Format Live action
Created by
Opening theme "My Chance"
by The White Rhinos
Composer(s) Bryony Marks
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 60 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Joanna Werner
Cinematography Martin McGrath
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 24–25 minutes
Production companies
Original channel
Picture format HDTV
Original run 31 May 2010 (2010-05-31) – 30 September 2013 (2013-09-30)
External links
Production website

Dance Academy is an Australian teen-oriented television drama produced by Werner Film Productions in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and ZDF.[1] Series one premiered on 31 May 2010, and series two began airing on 12 March 2012.[2] Series three premiered on ABC3 on 8 July 2013 in Australia.[3]


Dance Academy is narrated mainly from the perspective of Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin), a newly accepted first year student at the National Academy of Dance. Throughout the series, she learns to better her ballet technique, as well as learn contemporary ballet and hip-hop dance. In the first series, Tara soon befriends fellow students Kat (Alicia Banit) and Ethan Karamakov (Tim Pocock), Sammy Lieberman (Tom Green), Abigail Armstrong (Dena Kaplan) and Christian Reed (Jordan Rodrigues), as well as eventually getting to know her teacher Ms. Raine (Tara Morice).[4][5]

Series two saw Tara return to the Academy for her second year with the hope of representing Australia in an international ballet competition, the Prix de Fonteyn. This series introduced characters Grace Whitney (Isabel Durant), Ben Tickle (Thomas Lacey), Ollie Lloyd (Keiynan Lonsdale), and Saskia Duncan (Brooke Harman),[6][7][8] and saw the characters' reaction to the untimely death of Sammy.

Series three will see the characters as third years at the Academy, competing for a contract with the dance company to become principal dancers.[3] After the temporary contracts have been established, the third years go on tour for "Romeo and Juliet".


Dance Academy is produced by Joanna Werner's film company Werner Films Productions in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Film New South Wales and ZDF for Germany. As of August 2012, airing rights to Dance Academy have been sold to 180 territories, airing on every continent except Antarctica.[9]

Casting and filming

Series one

Casting for series one began in early 2009 in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. All cast members had to be skilled in drama and dancing and had to cope with Australia's best choreographers. Filming began on 13 July 2009 and wrapped up in early November.[10] The series premiere was originally planned for a mid-2010 premiere on ABC3, however, like Dead Gorgeous, the premiere was pushed to ABC1 on 31 May 2010 and ABC3 on 6 June 2010.[11] The first series premiered on Germany's ZDF on 26 September 2010.

Series two

Production of series two was officially green-lit by ABC and ZDF on 2 July 2010.[6] Casting calls were issued on 14 September 2010, and principal photography in Sydney took place between 31 January and 4 August 2011. Series two premiered on ABC3 on 12 March 2012 and ran for 26 episodes, airing each week from Monday through to Thursday, ending on 24 April.[2][12][13]

Series three

Screen Australia approved investment funding for a third series of 13 episodes on 5 December 2011.[14] Filming began 27 August 2012,[3] ended filming 27 November 2012. On 5 June 2013, Alicia Banit and Thomas Lacey appeared on ABC3's Studio 3 to announce the series 3 premiere on 8 July 2013.


Actor Character Series featured
Xenia Goodwin Tara Webster 1–3
Alicia Banit Katrina "Kat" Karamakov 1–3
Dena Kaplan Abigail Armstrong 1–3
Tom Green Samuel "Sammy" Lieberman 1–2
Jordan Rodrigues Christian Reed 1–3
Tim Pocock Ethan Karamakov 1–2
Tara Morice Lucinda Raine 1–3 (recurring)
Thomas Lacey Benjamin "Ben" Tickle 2–3
Isabel Durant
(credited as Issi Durant during series 2)
Grace Whitney 2–3
Keiynan Lonsdale Oliver "Ollie" Lloyd 2 (recurring), 3 (main)



DVD releases

The Australian Broadcasting Company has released all episodes from series one and two on DVD, each over four volumes, as well as complete series compilations for both series.

Title Region 4
release date
Dance Academy
Learning to Fly
1 July 2010 (2010-07-01)[15] 1. "Learning to Fly, Part 1", 2. "Week Zero", 3. "Behind Barres", 4. "Minefield", 5. "Real Men Don't Dance"
Dance Academy
Growing Pains
2 September 2010 (2010-09-02)[16] 6. "Perfection", 7. "Crush Test Dummies", 8. "Growing Pains", 9. "Heartbeat", 10. "Through the Looking Glass", 11. "One Perfect Day", 12. "Pressure"
Dance Academy
Turning Pointe
2 September 2010 (2010-09-02)[17] 13. "Family", 14. "Turning Pointes", 15. "My Life En Pointe", 16. "Free Falling", 17. "A Midsummer's Night's Dream", 18. "Betty Bunheads", 19. "Fairest and Best"
Dance Academy
Ballet Fever
7 October 2010 (2010-10-07)[18] 20. "Ballet Fever", 21. "FOMO: Fear of Missing Out", 22. "Flight or Fight Response", 23. "BFF: Best Friends Forever", 24. "Heatwave", 25. "The Deep End", 26. "Learning to Fly, Part 2"
Dance Academy
The Complete First Series
2 December 2010 (2010-12-02)[19] All 26 episodes from series one.
Dance Academy
Raising the Barre
5 April 2012 (2012-04-05)[20] 27. "In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated", 28. "Dreamlife", 29. "Faux Pas de Deux", 30. "Legends", 31. "Showcase", 32. "Like No One's Watching"
Dance Academy
Breaking Pointe
3 May 2012 (2012-05-03)[21] 33. "A Choreographed Life", 34. "Connectivity", 35. "The Break", 36. "A Good Life", 37. "Self Sabotage", 38. "Breaking Pointe"
Dance Academy
Catch Me If I Fall
7 June 2012 (2012-06-07)[22] 39. "Backstab", 40. "Rescue Mission", 41. "Moving On", 42. "Origins", 43. "Love and War", 44. "Catch Me If I Fall", 45. "The Nationals"
Dance Academy
Win or Lose
7 June 2012 (2012-06-07)[23] 46. "Tick, Question Mark, Cross", 47. "Ladder Theory", 48. "Win or Lose", 49. "Love It or Fight It", 50. "The Prix De Fonteyn", 51. "The Second", 52. "The Red Shoes"
Dance Academy
The Complete Second Series
7 November 2012 (2012-11-07)[24] All 26 episodes from series two.
Dance Academy
New Rules
4 September 2013 (2013-09-04)[25]


ABC Books has released five paperback novels, each based on a particular episode and from the perspective of a single character. The books are published by ABC Books and HarperCollins Australia.


Ceremony Award Nominee Result
2010 AWGIE Awards Children's Television: C Classification "Growing Pains" by Sarah Lambert Nominated[31]
2010 AWGIE Awards Children's Television: C Classification "Turning Pointes" by Greg Waters Nominated[31]
2010 Australian Directors Guild Awards Best Direction in a Television Children's Program "Behind Barres" by Jeffrey Walker Won[32]
2010 AFI Awards Best Direction in Television Jeffrey Walker for "Week Zero" Nominated[33]
2010 AFI Awards Best Children's Television Drama Dance Academy Nominated[33]
2011 Kidscreen Awards Best Companion Website Dance Academy Won[34]
2011 TV Week Logie Awards Most Outstanding Children's Program Dance Academy Won[35]
2011 Seoul International Drama Awards Best TV Drama Dance Academy Nominated[36]
2011 International Emmy Awards Children and Young People Dance Academy Nominated[37]
2011 Asian Television Awards Best Children's Programme "Learning to Fly, Part 2" by Samantha Strauss Nominated[38]
2011 Hugo Television Awards Children's Series Dance Academy, Series 2 Won[39]
2011 Banff World Media Festival Youth Programs (13+) - Fiction "Week Zero" by Samantha Strauss Nominated[40]
2012 AACTA Awards Best Children's Television Series Dance Academy Series 2 Nominated
2013 TV Week Logie Awards Most Outstanding Children's Program Dance Academy Won[41]


External links

  • at the Australian Broadcasting Company
  • Internet Movie Database

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