DANCE NEWS


VDF announces Kathryn McCormick & Tate McRae appearances

Posted on: 21/1/2017 6:00AM

Victorian Dance Festival Special Guests 2017The highly anticipated Victorian Dance Festival (VDF) recently announced that U.S. and Canadian dance celebrities Kathryn McCormick and Tate McRae will be appearing at VDF 2017 this March!


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STRUT's first master workshop of 2017

Posted on: 20/1/2017 7:30AM

STRUT Dance. Meeting by Hamilton and Macindoe. Image by Gregory Lorenzutti.Expressions of Interest are still being accepted for STRUT Dance’s first program of 2017 – a Master Workshop with Antony Hamilton and his longtime collaborator Alisdair Macindoe. This collaborative opportunity will take place February 20 - March 3 at King Street Arts Centre and State Theatre Centre of WA in Studio Underground.


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Energetiks releases new urban-inspired collection, Linkd

Posted on: 19/1/2017 7:24AM

Linkd urban dancewear by EnergetiksEncouraging dancers to be ‘anything but ordinary’, Linkd is innovative Australian dancewear brand, Energetiks’ newest collection - released this week. The line delivers a much-needed dose of urban essentials to the commercial dance market. Linkd is the result of the collaboration with well-known Australian commercial dancers, David McLean and Cat Santos.


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West Australian Ballet begins Season 2017

Posted on: 18/1/2017 9:00AM

West Australian Ballet’s 2017 summer seasonPerth audiences are in for yet another treat with the return of West Australian Ballet’s summer season – Ballet at the Quarry – on February 3 – 25. Proving the hottest festival ticket in town, the mixed-bill program of contemporary ballet has sold to capacity three years running.


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2017 Sydney Eisteddfod events announced!

Posted on: 17/1/2017 2:31PM

Sydney Eisteddfod 2017 eventsThe Sydney Eisteddfod recently announced its 2017 event dates. Entries close 13 March for those wanting to compete in Dance, Classical Singing, Contemporary Singing, Choirs, Piano, Instrumental Solos and Duos, Instrumental Groups, or Speech and Drama this year.


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Canadian hipster circus coming to Sydney

Posted on: 16/1/2017 9:00AM

Québécois Cirque Alfonse brings BARBU to SydneyIt’s circus as performance art and beards across the board when the Québécois Cirque Alfonse brings BARBU to the Sydney Opera House this February. BARBU flings the audience into a fairground time warp of kooky curiosities and feats of spellbinding strength and skill, all inspired by Montreal’s burgeoning circus scene at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.


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‘On One Condition' at Adelaide Fringe

Posted on: 13/1/2017 11:00AM

Dan Daw's autobiographical soloMurmuration Associate Director Dan Daw's autobiographical solo On One Condition will soon be presented at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in February.


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Ballet Theatre of Queensland’s ‘Cinderella’

Posted on: 12/1/2017 8:00AM

Cinderella by Ballet Theatre of QueenslandThis year, the Ballet Theatre of Queensland (BTQ) celebrates 80 years as the state’s premier youth dance company. To kick off this exciting anniversary season, it will present its adaptation of the Charles Perrault fairytale Cinderella to Brisbane audiences on January 19-21 at QPAC’s Concert Hall.


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SUPERCELL set to stun Brisbane

Posted on: 11/1/2017 8:00AM

Passing by Amrita Hepi and Jahra Wasasala. Photo by Lucy Alcorn.A new festival of contemporary dance is set to hit Brisbane in February! SUPERCELL will be presented at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts from 18 – 25 February.


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Bridge Dance Intensive 2017

Posted on: 10/1/2017 8:00AM

2017 Bridge Dance Intensive NSWApplications close this Friday for Bridge Dance Intensive 2017, being held in February at ACPE, Sydney Olympic Park. Workshop facilitators include Shaun Parker, Dean Walsh and Kay Armstrong.


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Morning Melodies at Arts Centre Melbourne

Posted on: 9/1/2017 8:00AM

Morning Melodies at Arts Centre Melbourne in 2017Australian music favourites Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Marina Prior and Rhonda Burchmore are among the entertainment icons who have joined Arts Centre Melbourne’s 2017 Morning Melodies program. The feel-good concerts held each month at Hamer Hall will showcase an eclectic mix of celebrated Australian and international artists performing an array of musical and dance styles.


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‘DUSTY’ opens in Adelaide

Posted on: 6/1/2017 10:00AM

Adelaide Festival Centre presents DUSTY The MusicalCalling all Adelaide musical theatre fans! Have you seen DUSTY The Musical since it opened last week at Festival Theatre? The production runs through 22 January and features an Adelaide native named Baylie Carson playing the young Dusty.


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Melbourne Latin Festival reveals next theme

Posted on: 5/1/2017 9:00AM

Melbourne Latin Festival 2017While some details are still being finalised, Melbourne Latin Festival organisers Natalie and Pauline Montano have announced that this year’s MLF theme is “The Great Gatsby.” Past themes have included Arabian Nights, Superheros and Villains, Burlesque, and even Walt Disney. The 9th Melbourne Latin Festival will be held April 7-9 at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance.


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MBC reflects on 2016 & looks ahead

Posted on: 4/1/2017 10:00AM

Choreographer Simon Hoy on his companyIn the midst of the holiday season, Melbourne Ballet Company Director and Resident Choreographer Simon Hoy found time to reflect on all his company had accomplished in 2016. Likewise, he also cast his vision for the New Year.


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Dancehouse seeks a Program Producer

Posted on: 2/1/2017 10:00AM

Melbourne dance organisationDancehouse in Melbourne is seeking a new Program Producer. Jessica Morris Payne, who has been serving in the role, is leaving the organisation. Dancehouse wrote in a recent newsletter that Payne’s contribution to the organisation has been “invaluable” and that she will be "dearly missed by everyone.”


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‘Lord of the Flies’ pro cast announced

Posted on: 30/12/2016 8:00AM

Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the FliesIn what promises to be one of the biggest theatrical events of 2017 in Australia, Arts Centre Melbourne is bringing Sir Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies to the State Theatre stage from 5 – 9 April. It has just been announced that New Adventures Principal Dancer Dominic North will play the principal role of Ralph alongside Luke Murphy (Piggy) and Dan Wright (Jack) in the Australian premiereThey will be joined by six Australian professional dancers – plus a company of 23 boys and young men who will be cast soon.


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Ausdance ACT's Move Up program is back

Posted on: 29/12/2016 8:00AM

Move Up Professional Learning Program for Dance Teachers in CanberraAusdance ACT's TQI-registered Move Up professional learning program provides an invaluable opportunity for regional dance teachers to network, exchange ideas and learn new approaches in a hands-on and engaging environment. The program returns this summer featuring outstanding industry leaders.


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‘Burn the Floor’ still sizzling after two decades

Posted on: 28/12/2016 8:00AM

Burn the Floor coming to Melbourne in January 2017The iconic ballroom spectacular Burn the Floor will soon launch its 20th anniversary year at Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre on January 6-15! Featuring live singers and a band “re-imagining music from Santana to Led Zeppelin”, the production will present 14 top ballroom dancers in routines choreographed by Peta Roby, based on original choreography by Jason Gilkison.


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ilDance Summer Intensive in Melbourne

Posted on: 27/12/2016 10:00AM

Summer Dance Intensive in MelbourneYellow Wheel and The Space School of Performance Arts in Melbourne will offer professional development programs for dance leaders and young, pre-professional dancers led by internationally acclaimed artists Lee Brummer and Israel Aloni (of ilDance/Sweden) and Yellow Wheel’s own Artistic Director Adam Wheeler.


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Final Call for Auditions at AMPA

Posted on: 26/12/2016 9:35AM

AMPA in SydneyIt’s not too late to apply to audition for 2017 intake into the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) in Sydney! Audition appointments are still available to make the cut for the start of the first program intake in the New Year. If you’re serious about making a career out of Dance or Musical Theatre, apply now!


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‘Ballerina’ film to be released in cinemas

Posted on: 23/12/2016 8:00AM

Animated film Ballerina in AustraliaThe new animated film Ballerina is set to be released in Australia on 12 January 2017. Co-directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin, it stars the voices of actress Elle Fanning, dancer and model Maddie Ziegler, actor Dane DeHaan, and Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen.


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RAD shows loyalty to independent artists

Posted on: 22/12/2016 7:45AM

Photo by Gregory LorenzuttiThe Royal Academy of Dance has partnered with Ausdance NSW to assist independent dance artists residing in NSW through sponsored arts residences. This meets a serious need after a lot of artists' government funding was cut.


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Dance at Terry Simpson Studios this summer

Posted on: 21/12/2016 1:00PM

Dance Summer School AdelaideSouth Australia's Terry Simpson Studios will offer its Summer School next month. With qualified professional staff and some of the finest teachers in Australia leading classes, dancers will study Classical Ballet, Pointe, Repertoire, Contemporary, Yoga and Body Conditioning.


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NSW dancers innovate in local & global arenas

Posted on: 20/12/2016 11:00AM

Opal Vapour. Photo by Lucy Parakhina.The Innovating Dance Practice Grant is an initiative of Ausdance NSW to assist professional dance practitioners residing in NSW to develop and innovate their practice through funds made available by Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. The first round of grant recipients has been announced.


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PCA to hold 2017 Summer Dance Camp

Posted on: 19/12/2016 7:00AM

Summer Dance Camp 2017Performing Camps of Australia (PCA) is offering a three-day Summer Dance Camp in 2017. With the minimum age set at 7, the camp will include overnight accommodation, all meals, dance classes, a PCA t-shirt, a drink bottle, an Energetiks Show Bag, plus activities like beach time, trivia night and movie night.


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2016 Sydney Theatre Awards Nominations

Posted on: 17/12/2016 10:00AM

2016 Sydney Theatre Awards nominations announcedThis week, nominations were announced for the 2016 Sydney Theatre Awards, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday, January 23 at the Seymour Centre, a much larger venue than previous years due to the burgeoning popularity of the ceremony. The nominees for the Best Choreography in a Musical Award are Amy Campbell, Andrew Hallsworth and Cameron Mitchell.


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2017 Summer School with Kirsty Martin

Posted on: 15/12/2016 1:00PM

National College of Dance 2017 Summer School AustraliaHow would you like to dance with Kirsty Martin of The Australian Ballet School and David Mack of Sydney Dance Company in NSW this summer? If this sounds like a dream come true and you’re between 3 years old and pre-professional status, then the National College of Dance (NCD) has a summer school for you!


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Royal Ballet touring to Brisbane in 2017

Posted on: 14/12/2016 8:00AM

The Royal Ballet. Photo by Tristram KentonQueensland dance fans, have you heard the exciting news? The Royal Ballet is touring to QPAC in 2017! In exclusive performances, Britain’s flagship performing arts company will present Woolf Works on June 29-July 2 and The Winter’s Tale on July 5-9.


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Arts South Australia awards Sally Chance

Posted on: 13/12/2016 12:00PM

Arts South Australia Ruby Award for founder of Restless Dance TheatreMany cultural luminaries were recognised at this year’s Ruby Awards held on Saturday, December 10 at the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Grainger Studio. Sally Chance, founder of Restless Dance Theatre, won Arts South Australia’s Ruby Award for Sustained Contribution by an Individual.


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The McDonald College offers International Summer School 2017

Posted on: 12/12/2016 8:00AM

International Summer School in AustraliaThe International Summer School for Dancers and Dance Teachers returns next month to The McDonald College in NSW. Directed by Jacqui Dumont and Lisa Haack, this program offers Senior Courses (11 to 18 years) and Junior Courses (7 to 10 years) in modern, air-conditioned facilities. Bookings are still being accepted.


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