Dance teachers, if you haven’t registered to attend the 2017 Victorian Dance Festival yet, you’re missing out! Christened as the country’s “premier dance event”, VDF will host its fifth festival at Melbourne Town Hall on March 17-19. In addition to your students getting to enjoy an incredible lineup of master classes, you will be treated to a full day of inspiration and professional development at the Langham Hotel.
IN-SIGHT Dance Events will present JAZZ JAM on Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9 at the Burwood RSL Club, NSW. This dance competition will boast choreographer Stephen Tannos as adjudicator.
Following its highly successful inaugural season in 2015-16, The Australian Ballet’s Storytime Ballet is back with a brand-new production of The Nutcracker. Created especially for children aged three years old and up, Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker will tour to Adelaide, Sydney and around Victoria in April 2017.
Melbourne City Ballet invites local audiences to be transported to beautiful Barcelona as the company takes to the stage with its first production for 2017, the classic tale of Don Quixote. This ballet will run March 17–19 at Darebin Arts Centre in Preston.
Melbourne's Dancehouse has announced that the opening of SKYLAB is set for February 24. A new world-class multi-use dance studio, SKYLAB is one of the first initiatives to be funded though the Room To Create fund, a visionary initiative of Yarra City Council in partnership with Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.
Western Australia’s contemporary dance company Co3 will welcome Richard Longbottom to the seat of Executive Director in April. Longbottom is currently the Community Engagement Director with the company and will take the reins from outgoing Executive Director Aaron Beach.
Audiences young and old will fly high next winter when Bonnie Lythgoe Productions tours Australia with its brand-new Adventures of Peter Pan & Tinker Bell. This production will have its world premiere at the Gold Coast Arts Centre on June 23, running through July 1. It will then tour to Sydney’s State Theatre on July 7-16 before flying to Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre on July 21-30.
Misty Copeland, internationally renowned as the first-ever African-American principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre in NYC, added “movie star” to her impressive resume for the first time in 2015 thanks to A Ballerina’s Tale. This documentary accounts Copeland’s rise to fame, showing how this beloved phoenix of the ballet world climbed to such acclaim. Now the film is available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and online.
The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Dance Company have joined forces to create a unique live experience for primary school aged audiences designed to inspire young imaginations. Premiering at the Opera House on March 14, Crazy Times is a fascinating exploration of the fast-paced reality of life as a young person in the modern world, brought to life through dance.
Dance Massive 2017 is just around the corner! Set for March 14-26 in Melbourne, this contemporary dance program is now calling dance crews to participate in its Battle Massive. First prize in the “All Styles” Battle is $1,200 cash and 40 hours of free rehearsal space for your team.
Kip Gamblin will be playing the title role of The Bodyguard, Frank Farmer, in the Australian tour of the international award-winning hit musical The Bodyguard. Aussie dancers know him for his role in the show Dance Academy.
The 13th Moscow International Ballet and Choreographers Competition is scheduled for this summer. Set for June 10-20, it will be held at the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia. Applications for the competition are now available.
The launch event for Cancer Council NSW’s celebrated community dance gala Stars of the Beaches: Dance for Cancer is set for this Thursday, 9 February at 12 p.m. The event will be held at the Dee Why RSL Club and the dress code is cocktail or business formal.
Dance Informa, in partnership with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, is delighted to announce the new 2017 Summer Scholarship Contest! Starting this month, Dance Informa will be awarding a total of 50 Summer Scholarships to dancers! Students just need to fill out a form online and submit a 1-3 minute video.
A large audience viewed the 2017 Prix de Lausanne Finals last weekend, both online and in-person at Théâtre de Beaulieu in Switzerland. In the end, eight young dancers were awarded a scholarship allowing them to choose among the 68 prestigious partner schools and companies of the competition.
The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) recently announced a $300,000 grant by the Luminis Foundation to assist Indigenous creative professionals undertaking a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Cultural Leadership. The grant will also support the Luminis Foundation Director’s Studio, a new black box teaching space for NIDA’s MFA students.
Renowned Australian dancer and choreographer Paul Knobloch was recently appointed the Regional Touring and Storytime Ballet Master of The Australian Ballet. The role will involve him teaching daily classes within the company, as well as rehearsing and coaching the artists for regional tours and Storytime Ballet productions.
After four days of intensive classes, 20 candidates of the 2017 Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland have qualified for the Finals. Of them, two represent Australia – 15-year-old Jessi Seymour and 16-year-old Joshua Jack Price.
Energetiks, the innovative Australian dancewear brand, recently unveiled its new Tech Fit Ballet Shoe, which is designed to enhance the arch and articulation of the foot. The slippers are now available in pink, black and tan.
Neglected Musicals presented a stripped-back, script-in-hand production of Calamity Jane at Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney last August. Even without a set and only under basic lights, the show sold out its run of seven performances. Now the Doris Day movie musical is back March 8 – April 1 with leading lady Virginia Gay returning to the helm as legendary frontierswoman Calamity.
White Night Melbourne, an event that transforms the city through installation, lighting, exhibitions, performances, film and music, returns Saturday, February 18 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Some programs that dance fans can particularly look forward to are The Red Detachment of Women by The National Ballet of China, Australian Dance Theatre's Proximity installation, and the social Swing City dance marathon.
An explosive group of talented artists has been announced to star in the Australian premiere season of Green Day’s American Idiot in the Playhouse at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 23 February. This new production of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning rock musical will feature choreography by none other than Lucas Newland, owner of Brent Street in Sydney.
QL2 Dance in Canberra will soon hold its annual auditions for its Quantum Leap ensemble, a troupe for young dancers aged 15-26 with a creative mind and significant dance or gymnastics experience. Auditions are set for 12 February at QL2 Studio, Gorman Arts Centre.
Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) is on the search for talented male and female dancers aged 14-20 to join the 2017 intake of the ADT Youth Ensemble. Participation in the Youth Ensemble will provide essential, unmatched experience to aspiring professional dancers, with performance opportunities at upcoming festivals and events.
The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) will host an Open Day at its Sydney Olympic Park campus on Saturday, February 4! If you’ve ever considered a career in dance, this is an excellent opportunity to find out more about ACPE’s industry-focused Bachelor degrees.
Contemporary dance practitioners Sioned Huws and Reina Kimura (Japan/UK) invite local Sydney area people to take part in their new project through Critical Path’s Development Program. Participants do not need to have experience in dance or performance, merely an interest in movement, theatre, architecture and art.
World-renowned dance artists Eko Suprinyato and Ahil Ratnamohan have been at Campbelltown Arts Centre in NSW throughout January, working on the development of a new dance work. Their residency will soon present a free public dance workshop on Tuesday, January 31.
Tasdance is a dance organisation based in Launceston, Tasmania that’s home to a professional company and a lineup of public classes. It invites all locals interested in learning dance to come try up to three different dance styles at its Open Day this Saturday, January 28, 2017.
Returning this Thursday, January 26, the Yabun Festival is the largest one-day gathering and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia. Local dancers should be sure to check out the Corroboree Ground, which will be hosted by Jax and Daz from the Muggera Dancers, well-known as stars of Logie Award-nominated TV series Move it Mob Style.
Internationally renowned choreographer Mia Michaels has announced that she’s coming to Australia for the first time to hold workshops for student dancers and teachers in February 2017. Her masterclasses will be held in Melbourne and Sydney.