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Austinmer Dance Theatre presents ‘T W O’

Posted on: 7/3/2017 8:00AM

T W O at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017Austinmer 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.


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Esther Hannaford to play lead in ‘Beautiful’

Posted on: 6/3/2017 9:00AM

Esther Hannaford for Beautiful The Carole King MusicalAs 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.


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Tracks Dance seeks male dancers for 2017

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

Man Made by Tracks Dance in DarwinTracks 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.


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VDF Gala Showcase bound to amaze

Posted on: 2/3/2017 8:30AM

Victorian Dance Festival 2017Who’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!


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Major Australian Ballet School advocate dies

Posted on: 1/3/2017 12:00PM

The Australian Ballet School mourns the death of Vale Miss Betty AmsdenOn 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.


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Restless is part of the Adelaide Festival

Posted on: 1/3/2017 9:00AM

Restless Dance Theatre at Hilton Adelaide hotelRestless 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.


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Expressions Dance Co. presents ‘Propel’

Posted on: 28/2/2017 9:00AM

Jake McLarnon and Alana Sargent. Photo by Samara Sutton-BakerEmerging 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.


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'Where Have All The Flowers Gone?' in VIC

Posted on: 27/2/2017 8:00AM

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?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.


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Teacher Events at Victorian Dance Fest 2017

Posted on: 24/2/2017 9:00AM

2017 Dance Teacher Seminar in AustraliaDance 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.


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IN-SIGHT Dance Events presents JAZZ JAM

Posted on: 22/2/2017 8:30AM

Australian dance competitionIN-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.


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The Australian Ballet announces new dates for Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker

Posted on: 21/2/2017 10:00AM

The Nutcracker for kids by The Australian BalletFollowing 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.


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Melbourne City Ballet to present ‘Don Quixote’

Posted on: 20/2/2017 9:00AM

Melbourne City Ballet presents Don QuixoteMelbourne 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.


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Dancehouse to open new SKYLAB

Posted on: 17/2/2017 8:15AM

Dancehouse to open new dance studioMelbourne'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.


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Co3 names new Executive Director

Posted on: 16/2/2017 8:30AM

Executive Director of Co3 Dance in Western AustraliaWestern 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.


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Bonnie Lythgoe’s ‘Peter Pan’ panto to tour

Posted on: 15/2/2017 9:00AM

Musical pantomime by Bonnie Lythgoe ProductionsAudiences 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.


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‘A Ballerina’s Tale’ is now on DVD

Posted on: 14/2/2017 8:30AM

Documentary on Misty CopelandMisty 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.


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‘Crazy Times’ coming to Sydney Opera House

Posted on: 13/2/2017 9:00AM

Sydney Opera House and Sydney Dance CompanyThe 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.


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Battle Massive Call-Out for Crews

Posted on: 11/2/2017 8:05AM

Dance Massive public program event 2017Dance 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.


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Kip Gamblin announced as The Bodyguard

Posted on: 10/2/2017 8:05AM

The Bodyguard Musical Australia 2017Kip 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.


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Moscow Ballet Competition accepting entries

Posted on: 9/2/2017 8:00AM

XIII International Ballet and Choreographers CompetitionThe 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.


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Cancer Council to launch Stars of the Beaches

Posted on: 8/2/2017 8:00AM

Cancer Council NSW's Stars of the Beaches launch eventThe 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.


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Win a Joffrey Ballet School Scholarship!

Posted on: 7/2/2017 8:10AM

Summer Dance Scholarship Contest 2017Dance 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.


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Prix de Lausanne names 2017 Prizewinners

Posted on: 6/2/2017 9:00PM

2017 Prix de Lausanne Finals SwitzerlandA 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.


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NIDA receives $300,000 grant over 6 years

Posted on: 6/2/2017 8:00AM

National Institute of Dramatic Art receives $300,000 grant from Luminis FoundationThe 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.


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Paul Knobloch named new Ballet Master of The Australian Ballet

Posted on: 4/2/2017 11:00AM

New Ballet Master of The Australian BalletRenowned 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.


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Finalists announced for 2017 Prix de Lausanne

Posted on: 4/2/2017 5:30AM

Prix de Lausanne 2017 FinalistAfter 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.


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Energetiks releases Tech Fit Ballet Shoe

Posted on: 3/2/2017 10:30AM

Energetiks releases new ballet canvas shoeEnergetiks, 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.


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‘Calamity Jane’ back at Hayes Theatre Co

Posted on: 2/2/2017 12:00PM

Virginia Gay stars in Calamity Jane in 2017Neglected 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.


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Dance highlights at White Night Melbourne

Posted on: 1/2/2017 8:45AM

2017 White Night Melbourne event 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.


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‘American Idiot’ musical to open at QPAC

Posted on: 31/1/2017 10:00AM

American Idiot at Queensland Performing Arts CentreAn 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.


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