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‘Step’ dance film at Sydney Film Festival

Posted on: 30/5/2017 8:30AM

Step coming to 2017 Sydney Film FestivalThis year the Sydney Film Festival runs from June 7–18. One special dance film that will be presented is Step, an uplifting story of an American school step dance team on the verge of graduation. It won Director Amanda Lipitz a Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at Sundance.


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Kate Dundas in charge at Sydney Opera House

Posted on: 29/5/2017 9:15AM

New Executive Director of Performing Arts at the Sydney Opera HouseThe Sydney Opera House recently announced the appointment of Kate Dundas as Executive Director of Performing Arts. A former director of ABC Radio and deputy secretary of NSW Government Arts & Culture, Dundas has a remarkable track record of harnessing talent and leading creative teams to achieve outstanding results.


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RAD Festival of Dance in Western Australia

Posted on: 26/5/2017 9:00AM

Royal Academy of Dance Australia’s Festival of Dance in WAEvery year dancers in Western Australia come together to compete in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Australia’s Festival of Dance. An immense event taking place over five days and culminating in a gala performance on the final evening, the festival is a springboard for many aspiring and pre-professional dancers in the region.


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DirtyFeet to present Out of the Studio 2017

Posted on: 25/5/2017 8:30AM

Thomas E.S. Kelly's Choreographic Lab 2016Sydney’s DirtyFeet is a not-for-profit contemporary dance organisation run by artists, for artists. In late June, DirtyFeet will present first-draft dance works from two early-career choreographers, Matt Cornell and Thomas E.S. Kelly, at Shopfront Co-Op in Carlton, NSW.


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Madeleine Eastoe teaching adult dancers

Posted on: 24/5/2017 9:30AM

The Australian Ballet Studios Program Teacher Madeleine Eastoe, former principal artist with The Australian Ballet, has now joined its Studios Adult Ballet Classes in a teaching capacity. As of May 22, Eastoe is leading level 3 classes at The Primrose Potter Ballet Centre in Southbank, VIC.


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‘Fifty’ book retraces ADT history

Posted on: 23/5/2017 7:30AM

Fifty: Half a century of Australian Dance TheatreFifty: Half a century of Australian Dance Theatre is a new book by Adelaide professor Maggie Tonkin and it is now available to order. The book retraces the journey of this significant Australian dance troupe, from it’s beginning in 1965 to today when the company is preparing to tour nationally with its new show Be Your Self.


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ACPE hosts an Open Day on June 10

Posted on: 22/5/2017 8:35AM

Australian College of Physical Education Open Day June 2017Are you dreaming of a career in dance? Make it a reality with a dance degree from the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE). Find out more about ACPE’s Bachelor of Dance Education and Bachelor of Dance Practice at ACPE’s Open Day on Saturday, June 10.


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Tim Podesta working on more U.K. shows

Posted on: 20/5/2017 7:35AM

M&T inMotion co-founderM&T inMotion was founded by Australian choreographer Tim Podesta and star dancer Mara Galeazzi after they first collaborated in 2015. These innovative and creative minds have now been busy working on various projects, some of which will be presented in the U.K. in June and July. 


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Joffrey Ballet School Scholarship Winners

Posted on: 19/5/2017 9:00AM

Joffrey Ballet School Summer GiveawayDance Informa is excited to announce Joffrey Ballet School Summer Scholarship winners! The Joffrey Ballet School with Dance Informa offered up to 50 scholarships for summer intensives, including classical ballet, contemporary, hip hop and musical theatre courses.


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New Australian musical to open NYC festival

Posted on: 18/5/2017 9:05AM

New Australian musical by Boyd Anderson and Guy AndersonIt has been announced in New York that ERROL AND FIDEL, a new musical written by four Sydneysiders, will open this year’s New York Musical Festival, one of the most prestigious showcases for new work in the musical theatre world.


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‘Mamma Mia!’ reveals cast, confirms dates

Posted on: 16/5/2017 9:00AM

Mamma Mia! Musical produced by Michael Coppel, Louise Withers and Linda BewickThe global musical phenomenon Mamma Mia! will commence its new Australian tour at the Canberra Theatre Centre on November 24, followed by seasons in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide. Starring in this brand-new Australian production is Natalie O’Donnell and Alicia Gardiner, who both performed in the original Aussie show in 2001.


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RAD to host Canberra Gala this weekend

Posted on: 15/5/2017 9:00AM

Royal Academy of Dance Australia hosts Canberra Gala in May 2017The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Australia will showcase the talent of young dancers in the nation’s capital with a Gala on Saturday, May 20. An annual and key feature in the ACT/Riverina RAD dance calendar, the Gala is an opportunity for RAD schools in the region to come together in celebration of dance.


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Ballet Theatre of QLD hosts 80th Anniv. Gala

Posted on: 12/5/2017 7:10AM

80th Anniversary Gala on July 30, 2017Ballet Theatre of Queensland will celebrate its rich 80-year history with a glittering gala event on Sunday, July 30. Taking place at QPAC, the event will feature guest performances by artists from The Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet and Expressions Dance Company, plus students from Queensland University of Technology.


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Bangarra to launch ‘Bennelong’ tour in Sydney

Posted on: 11/5/2017 3:15PM

Bangarra Dance Theatre's 2017 SeasonBangarra Dance Theatre will kick off its national tour of Bennelong on June 30 at Sydney Opera House, with subsequent performances running till September 16 throughout the country. 


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NICA to stage two-part ‘Circosis’ show

Posted on: 10/5/2017 1:30PM

National Institute of Circus ArtsThe National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) will present its annual showcase on June 15 – 24 at its National Circus Centre in VIC. Circosis: Left Brain, Right Brain, directed by Kate Fryer, is a two-part production of elite-level circus.


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LINK Dance Co. presents ‘Twin Share’

Posted on: 9/5/2017 3:15PM

LINK Dance CompanyLINK Dance Company, the graduate dance ensemble of Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), will present Twin Share at WAAPA’s Geoff Gibbs Theatre on May 24-27. The show will feature choreography by Carmelo Segura, Michael Whaites and Sue Peacock.


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First SA Dance Festival this June

Posted on: 9/5/2017 12:00PM

South Australian Dance FestivalA South Australian based dance convention is set to rock Adelaide over the June long weekend! The new SA Dance Festival, set for June 11 and 12, aims to bring Australia’s best choreographers and instructors to Adelaide for two jam-packed days of dance fun. There will be workshops, a Teachers Day, exhibitors, and an evening Showcase, all held at Westminster College.


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Immediate Cruise Contracts for Dancers and Singers

Posted on: 9/5/2017 7:43AM

Norwegian Cruise AuditionsNorwegian Creative Studios, the production company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises is seeking dancers and singers for immediate contracts. This is your opportunity to perform on the highs seas! The company requires dancers and singers for immediate positions, rehearsal swings and replacements.


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Lucy Guerin Inc. celebrates its 15th Birthday

Posted on: 8/5/2017 6:30AM

Lucy Guerin Inc. hosts 15th Birthday FundraiserLucy Guerin Inc., the contemporary dance company based in Melbourne, is turning 15 and you’re invited to the party. The birthday celebration is set for Saturday, May 13 from 7 to 11 p.m.
 It will feature special guest performances, DJs, a cash bar with cheap drinks, tasty snacks, good vibes, and a birthday cake.


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Expressions presents ‘Behind Closed Doors’

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

Expressions Dance CompanyExpressions Dance Company’s award-winning choreographer Natalie Weir will bring her new work Behind Closed Doors to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) this month. Showcasing beautiful and athletic contemporary dance, Behind Closed Doors promises to draw viewers into a hotel where the private lives of its late-night guests and staff are exposed.


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Create NSW launches major funding program

Posted on: 4/5/2017 9:00AM

2017-18 Arts and Cultural Development ProgramCreate NSW invites artists and arts and cultural organisations across NSW to apply for funding under the 2017-18 Arts and Cultural Development Program. The program supports dance, visual arts, music, museums, literature, capital works, regional touring and professional development for artists across the state.


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‘Jersey Boys’ musical to return to Sydney

Posted on: 3/5/2017 8:00AM

Jersey Boys musical to return to SydneyThe Jersey Boys musical will return to Sydney in September 2018 for the start of a new Australian tour. Auditions will be held in July and early August this year. Jersey Boys tells the true-life story and rise to stardom of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, who were one of the most successful bands in pop music history.


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Melbourne City Ballet presents ‘Echo’ program

Posted on: 2/5/2017 8:15AM

Echo coming to Chapel off Chapel in May 2017Immediately after presenting Don Quixote in mid-March, Melbourne City Ballet went straight into rehearsals for its contemporary season Echo, which runs May 4–7 at Chapel off Chapel. After Echo, the company will tour to Japan and prepare for regional touring in July.


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2017 Winners of The Australian Cecchetti International Scholarships

Posted on: 1/5/2017 11:00AM

2017 Energetiks Encouragement Award WinnerThe 2017 Australian Cecchetti International Scholarships and Energetiks Young Dancer Awards took place in April at VCASS in Southbank, VIC. Hosted by Cecchetti Ballet Australia, this national competition selects dancers to advance to the Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition, which will take place in Florence, Italy this year.


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Australia Council for the Arts Governance Program to hold Webinars & Workshops

Posted on: 29/4/2017 10:00AM

Arts Governance Webinars & Workshops in AustraliaThe Australia Council for the Arts, in partnership with the Institute of Community Directors Australia, an Our Community enterprise, will present a series of workshops and free webinars for leaders of arts organisations. These programs form part of the Council’s Governance Program, which is designed to enhance capability across the sector.


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Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia to host Sydney Workshop

Posted on: 28/4/2017 8:30AM

Dance Movement Therapy Association of AustralasiaThe Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA) will present two workshops facilitated by international dancer, researcher and leadership coach Sara Boas from Friday, May 5 to Sunday, May 7.


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Melbourne Dance Centre raises the barre

Posted on: 27/4/2017 9:00AM

Masters Of Choreography show at Melbourne Dance CentreMelbourne Dance Centre is the city’s newest home to classes, performances and rehearsal space. Located in Brunswick, VIC, the centre officially launched in February 2016 and since then has already hosted many special events in addition to its range of casual adult classes. One of the first productions to hold performances in the MDC Theatre was Raise The Barre, which sold out and is now back with more shows.


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WAB to collaborate with Gary Lang

Posted on: 26/4/2017 10:00AM

NT Dance Company artistic directorWest Australian Ballet (WAB) has announced a new collaboration with Gary Lang, a Darwin-based Indigenous choreographer and the artistic director of the NT Dance Company. With a confirmed investment from the Federal Government, the project’s creative development officially began in October and with other support will span across 16 months. It will culminate in a world premiere as part of the 2018 Ballet at the Quarry program.


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Bolshoi ballerina to join Queensland Ballet for ‘Swan Lake’ in May

Posted on: 25/4/2017 9:30AM

Yanela Pinera for Swan LakeFor the first time in many years, Queensland Ballet brings to the stage one of the world’s most-loved ballets when Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake opens at the Lyric Theatre on May 5. Artistic Director Li Cunxin said he is thrilled to have the opportunity to present a work as timeless as Swan Lake and to welcome Evgenia Obraztsova, principal with the Bolshoi Ballet, as a guest artist.


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CoreDance Contemporary in 'Framework'

Posted on: 24/4/2017 11:00AM

Australian dance troupe in New York CityCoreDance Contemporary, a dance troupe comprised of Australian performers residing in New York City, will soon present Framework, an evening-length program, at The Actors Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn. Surface & Skin by Artistic Director Rebecca McCormac, a WAAPA graduate, will have its premiere.


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