The world record for the most dancers en pointe for one minute was broken on Saturday, March 18 at the Victorian Dance Festival at the Melbourne Town Hall. Channel 7 and 10, along with a crowd of several thousand dancers, were there to witness Australian ballet students snatch the record from the U.S.A, previously set in 2011 by 245 dancers in Orlando, Florida.
Western Australia’s contemporary dance company Co3 recently had its dancers Andrew Searle, Talitha Maslin and Zachary Lopez join The Farm on the Gold Coast to rehearse the company’s newest production, Frank Enstein. The company will be performing it at the Bleach* Festival on 31 March and 1 April. The dancers and The Farm will then bring the show to Perth.
On Sunday, April 2, Queensland Ballet (QB) will host a half-day health conference about all things wellness and ballet. The company invites dancer parents, studio teachers and students ages 11 years and older to attend.
Adelaide-based Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) recently announced it will return to Melbourne for the first time since 2013! It will bring Garry Stewart's Be Your Self to The Sumner, Southbank Theatre in August. Following this engagement, the troupe will embark on a national tour.
Cancer Council NSW has launched the 2017 Stars of the Beaches: Dance for Cancer fundraising gala and dance competition. Set to be staged on 6 May at Dee Why RSL Club, Stars of the Beaches is a fundraising event that challenges local celebrities to learn a dance routine and perform it live in front an audience, all while raising funds to help beat cancer.
As part of their residency exploring ideas around social/partner dance, Swiss-based duo József Trefeli and Gábor Varga will present Creature at Critical Path’s Drill Hall in Sydney on Wednesday 15 March. Creature draws traditional folk dance into a relationship with the world of contemporary choreography.
Victorians are invited to join Fun Run, a riotous celebration of endurance, at Arts Centre Melbourne on Sunday 12 March from 4:30pm. Over five hours, crowds will cheer on Melbourne artist Tristan Meecham as he runs a grueling 42km marathon on a treadmill. Hundreds of performers drawn from the local community will join in the celebration.
Blush pinks, soft petals and floral accents dominate the change of season, much like Australian dancewear brand Energetiks’ newest collection, Oriental Bloom. Perfect for the tween dancer, Oriental Bloom is a playful and active collection that launched this week.
Following a spectacular season in 2013, Gale Edward’s acclaimed production of Bizet’s Carmen will return to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in 2017. Featuring choreography by Kelley Abbey, it will run March 24 – April 23.
Austinmer Dance Theatre, a part-time professional company for 17-25 year old contemporary dancers based in NSW, will bring together two choreographic forces in its new production of T W O at the Adelaide Fringe Festival on March 16-18. T W O is a special double bill of contemporary dance created exclusively for the company by choreographers Sagi Gross and Maurice Causey.
As music icon Carole King celebrates her 75th birthday, the Broadway sensation based on her remarkable rise to stardom announces its leading lady. Multi-award winning musical theatre star Esther Hannaford will play the legendary singer/songwriter in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which begins its Australian season at Sydney Lyric Theatre in September.
Tracks Dance Company in Darwin has announced a call out for male performers. Directors want to cast up to 25 community members for Tracks’ Darwin Festival show Man Made in August.
Who’s officially counting down till the Victorian Dance Festival? We are! Set for March 17-19 at Melbourne Town Hall, this dance event welcomes students, teachers, parents and anyone who loves dance! One event that is surely going to be a highlight of the festival is the Gala Showcase on Saturday, March 18. Over 30 performances will be presented!
On 26 February 2017, philanthropist, “arts angel”, and the Deputy Chair of The Australian Ballet School passed away at home at the age of 90. The School announced the news Tuesday, expressing grief and surprise at the death of its “dear friend” – Vale Miss Betty Amsden.
Restless Dance Theatre will present Intimate Space for the 2017 Adelaide Festival on March 3-19. Each performance will travel throughout the Hilton Adelaide hotel in Victoria Square.
Emerging local and international choreographers are set to be propelled into the spotlight from 3-11 March when Queensland’s premier contemporary dance troupe, Expressions Dance Company, presents Propel at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art.
Eden Dance Company, a professional platform for dancers under the umbrella of the urban arts nonprofit 3dArts in Melbourne, will present the return season of its Where Have All The Flowers Gone? on 1 – 4 March at Cranbourne Community Theatre.
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.