DANCE NEWS


Co3’s 'Frank Enstein' returns this year

Posted on: 22/2/2018 11:00AM

Frank EnsteinWestern Australia’s contemporary dance company Co3 recently announced that its hit show Frank Enstein will return to the State Theatre Centre of WA in 2018. After a sell-out season in 2017, Frank Enstein will be presented anew with local artists taking the big stage.


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M&T In Motion announces 2018 plans

Posted on: 21/2/2018 12:45PM

M&T In MotionThis year has started with a bang for Australian choreographer Tim Podesta with his new work Shadow Aspect being nominated for five awards and winning Best New Ballet Production at the recent Wales Theatre Awards. Podesta, who began a collaboration with Principal Dancer Mara Galeazzi in 2015, dubbed M&T In Motion, now looks ahead to new projects.


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'In The Heights' extends Sydney season

Posted on: 20/2/2018 7:45AM

Blue Saint Productions AustraliaWith the first two weeks already sold out, award-winning production company Blue Saint Productions has announced an additional week of performances for the upcoming season of In The Heights. The Sydney season of the Tony Award-winning musical at the Hayes Theatre Co has now been extended until April 15.


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Energetiks to release two new collections

Posted on: 19/2/2018 10:55AM

Child’s activewear collectionAustralian dancewear icon Energetiks will soon announce the release dates for its two latest collections – Florise and Avatar. Last weekend, dancers who attended the phenomenal Victorian Dance Festival enjoyed an exclusive first look at the collections. Dancers gushed at the new designs.


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'Irish Celtic' bound for Melbourne and Sydney

Posted on: 16/2/2018 8:00AM

Irish dance show in AustraliaA Irish dance show is set to get feet tapping in Melbourne and Sydney when it makes its debut this July and August. Direct from a successful tour of France and Germany, Irish Celtic features the finest performers from the top Irish dance companies.


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'Swan Lake on Ice' coming to three cities

Posted on: 15/2/2018 8:00AM

Imperial Ice StarsThe Imperial Ice Stars, a premier theatrical ice-skating company, will return to Australia this July with its award-winning masterpiece Swan Lake on Ice. This adrenaline-infused show will come to Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.


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Lucette Aldous awarded Order of Australia

Posted on: 14/2/2018 7:45AM

2018 Companion of the Order of AustraliaLucette Aldous, a legend in the Australian dance community, was recently made a Companion of the Order of Australia, the highest merit in the Australia Day Honours List. From henceforth she’s gained the distinction “AC” to accompany her name.


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2018 Keir Choreographic Award Semi-Finals

Posted on: 13/2/2018 7:15AM

Amrita Hepi for A CALTEX SPECTRUMDancehouse, in partnership with The Keir Foundation and Carriageworks, just announced the program order that the eight artists who have been selected for the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award will perform in at the Semi-Finals at Dancehouse next month. Only four will continue on to the finals at Carriageworks.


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Win private coaching with Darcey Bussell DBE

Posted on: 12/2/2018 9:00AM

MoVitae launches Darcey Bussell competitionMoVitae, an innovative online student engagement and learning tool for dance studios, is running a competition for two lucky ballet students to win personalised video feedback on their dance variations from Dame Darcey Bussell DBE. Entries must be submitted by Wednesday, March 14.


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Australian Museum premieres 'Carriberrie'

Posted on: 9/2/2018 8:30AM

Carriberrie VR Film Experience at the Australian MuseumThe Australian Museum will present the groundbreaking virtual reality (VR) film Carriberrie in March, celebrating the depth and diversity of Indigenous dance, music and song. The world premiere of the 360° live-action documentary takes viewers on a 3D journey across Australia, from Uluru to Sydney Harbour.


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15 Scholarships to Joffrey Ballet School

Posted on: 8/2/2018 7:15AM

Joffrey Ballet School Australian AuditionsJoffrey Ballet School Trainee Program Director Era Jouravlev will be teaching two Master Classes at the 2018 Energetiks Victorian Dance Festival on February 17 and 18 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens, Melbourne. If she spots a dancer that she believes would benefit from a trip to the prestigious New York City dance school, she will award them a scholarship!


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Queensland Ballet plans Women's Week event

Posted on: 7/2/2018 8:00AM

Queensland Ballet tells women to Aim HighOn Tuesday, March 6, Queensland Ballet (QB) will celebrate Women’s Week 2018 with a two-hour early morning event, applauding the incredible contribution women and girls make to the ecology of ballet. 100 female dance studio owners, students and family members from metropolitan and regional Queensland will be invited to QB’s home at the Thomas Dixon Centre in West End.


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Sydney College of Dance still taking fulltimers

Posted on: 6/2/2018 12:45PM

SCD dancer Luciana LopezWant to take the next step to a professional career in dance? Now the Sydney College of Dance in Belrose, NSW invites dancers to register for its Transition and Full Time Dance Courses. Students aged 11-19 can work with leading industry professionals.


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West Australian Ballet live under the stars

Posted on: 5/2/2018 11:00AM

West Australian Ballet’s 2018 Summer SeasonPerth audiences are in for yet another treat with the return of West Australian Ballet’s Summer Season – Ballet at the Quarry. Proving the hottest Perth Festival ticket in town, the mixed-bill program of contemporary ballet has sold to capacity in its previous four years. Set to run from February 9 to March 3, Milky Way: Ballet at the Quarry will again treat audiences to a series of four short works.


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Sketch dancers with pro artist in Brisbane

Posted on: 3/2/2018 9:00AM

Museum of Brisbane holds life drawing classesThe Museum of Brisbane has launched MoB Makers: Drawing the Body, a series of life drawing classes with a twist. Facilitated by artist and designer Leigh Buchanan, each class sees dancers of all disciplines pose and share their practice as participants use the models and their stories as inspiration for sketching.


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Prix de Lausanne names 2018 Finalists

Posted on: 3/2/2018 8:55AM

2018 Prix de Lausanne CandidateAfter four days of intensive work, 21 candidates have been qualified for the Finals of the 2018 Prix de Lausanne, a prestigious international competition for young dancers taking place in Switzerland. They are from 10 different countries and the most represented is the United States with five candidates, and then China with four candidates. Of the 11 Australians originally competing, none made it to Finals.


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KRAVE hosts auditions and workshops

Posted on: 2/2/2018 7:55AM

Western Australia Dance AgencyThe KRAVE Perth Dance Agency, which represents Perth's highly trained and versatile dancers, will soon host auditions and workshops. First, the agency will offer a Contemporary Jazz Workshop in February for dancers aged 14 and older as part of its 2018 Summer Series. In March, KRAVE will audition for male and female dancers for potential contracts in the cruise industry.


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'Valley' takes Sydneysiders to Arctic island

Posted on: 1/2/2018 8:00AM

FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres Presentation

On February 15–17, FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres in Parramatta will present two works, WILDEBEEST and Valley, by Israeli choreographer Omer Backley-Astrachan. Valley is set on a frozen and desolate Arctic island where a small society of four co-exist. WILDEBEEST examines the “artifice of social and gender behaviour” through a distillation of human interactions.


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Practice your Lindy Hop in Perth!

Posted on: 31/1/2018 6:35AM

A Swing Zing Thing instructorSwing Zing, a dance school in Perth teaching a range of dance styles, hosts its annual Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz Weekend this Friday-Sunday, February 2-4. The event offers a whole line-up of classes from international instructor Ryan Francois.


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Ausdance to hire National Director

Posted on: 30/1/2018 10:00AM

Australian Dance ExecutiveIn exciting news, Ausdance National recently received funding from the Australia Council Arts Projects program to support the creation of a new Ausdance National Executive Director position. Beginning this year, the executive director will work towards achieving outcomes that support identified sector priorities.


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Emilee Blake raises funds for YAGP

Posted on: 29/1/2018 9:05AM

Katherine Mantle Performing Arts Academy StudentDance Informa subscriber Emilee Blake is one of only two Australian classical ballet students to be selected from the video audition round to compete at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Finals in New York City in April 2018. Now Blake is raising funds for her costly travel related expenses, competition entry fees, accommodation, classes, coaching and pointe shoes as she prepares for the experience of a lifetime.


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Capezio holds Australia Day Weekend Sale

Posted on: 26/1/2018 7:50AM

Freeform Jazz ShoeHappy Australia Day! To celebrate, Capezio Australia is offering two special deals – first, 15% off dancewear and accessories (use code AU15), and second, 10% off footwear (use code AU10). Between the beach and the barbeque, Aussie dancers should be sure to shop this sale this weekend so they’re ready to start school back and return to the studio well equipped!


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Cuba’s Ballet Revolución returns to Oz

Posted on: 25/1/2018 9:22AM

Cuban dancers tour AustraliaBallet Revolución is set to bring its Cuban fire back to Australia this May! It’s national tour will visit Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and a Perth season is being planned as well. The popular Cuban dancers will be presenting a new production.


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Dancenorth receives funding for new show

Posted on: 24/1/2018 11:00AM

Brisbane contemporary danceA Queensland Government fund supporting vibrant arts and cultural experiences across the state has reached a major milestone with more than 200 exciting projects delivered off the back of over $6 million in investment. Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) was established by the Palaszczuk Government to help QLD artists and arts organisations. Dancenorth is among the newly supported projects.


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Phillip Adams BalletLab hosts Croatian artist

Posted on: 23/1/2018 11:00PM

Croatian dancer, choreographer and teacherFollowing its successful 2017 International Artist Residency with Jack Ferver, Phillip Adams BalletLab in Melbourne welcomes Croatian artist Bruno Isaković as its second International Artist-in-Residence for January and February. Isaković will present three performances of his solo work Denuded as part of the 2018 Midsumma Festival in February.


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EDC premieres four works in 'Converge'

Posted on: 22/1/2018 7:45AM

Converge by EDC AustraliaEmerging and established local and international choreographers take centre stage in Brisbane on March 10-17 when Expressions Dance Company (EDC) presents Converge. Stephanie Lake, Richard Causer and Jake McLarnon from Australia and Xu Yiming from China will build daring new works on EDC’s contemporary dancers and collaborate with composers from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.


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RAD launches 'Discovering Repertoire'

Posted on: 19/1/2018 7:05AM

Discovering RepertoireThe Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) has launched Discovering Repertoire, a new, classical ballet performance programme for students aged 12 upwards and adults of all ages. Drawing on some of the most famous and much-loved works from the classical ballet repertoire, students can study choreography from Coppélia, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and more.


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MCB holds Pointe Shoe Appeal

Posted on: 18/1/2018 7:25AM

Melbourne City BalletMelbourne City Ballet (MCB) launched its latest Pointe Shoe Appeal in early December. Generously supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1, the company announced that its appeal will see all donations matched dollar for dollar.


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Wild Hearts Youth Dance Co. holds auditions

Posted on: 17/1/2018 7:30AM

2018 Wild Hearts Youth Dance Co AuditionsAngela Hamilton, founder and director of the Sydney company Twisted Element, recently announced the second and final audition for her new youth company Wild Hearts. Set for Sunday, January 28, the auditions will be for dancers ages 12-17.


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Want to learn how to lead a Movement Choir?

Posted on: 16/1/2018 11:00PM

Dance Movement TherapistDance Movement Therapist, Choreographer, and Global Water Dances Founder Marylee Hardenbergh will soon lead a special workshop in Melbourne for dancers and dance movement therapists. Set for January 20 and 21, it will focus on “Dancing in Space, Dancing in Community.” Participants will learn how to direct a community-based performance or Movement Choir.


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