Applications Open for WA Contemporary Dance Initiative

Posted on: 9/2/2012 8:23AM

The Dance Board has committed $300,000 over three years to support contemporary dance in WA. In 2012 the Board is offering support via two categories of funding: Western Australia Contemporary Dance Initiative – Projects and Western Australian Contemporary Dance Initiative – Skills and Arts Development. This Initiative is open to WA based dance artists, companies and organisations.

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Dance Academy Season 2 Premieres in March

Posted on: 8/2/2012 10:05AM

The much anticipated Dance Academy Season 2 will premiere on March 12, 6:30pm on ABC3. Check out this video by the boys of Dance Academy.

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Australian Exclusive: National Ballet of China - The Peony Pavilion

Posted on: 7/2/2012 9:29AM

National Ballet of China will bring its greatest love story to Melbourne in March. The Peony Pavilion is a deeply romantic tale of the power of love over death that dates back to the Ming Dynasty. With magnificent sets, exquisite costumes and a full corps de ballet, The Peony Pavilion is a large-scale choreographic fusion of western classical ballet and traditional Chinese dance.

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Melbourne Dancer Receives Scholarship to Train in NYC

Posted on: 3/2/2012 12:43PM

17 year old Karli Dinardo, student of Todd Patrick of Patrick Studios Australia, has been offered a scholarship to train at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City. Karli will head to NYC this month to begin the 2yr Integrated Conservatory Program studying dance, acting and musical theatre. 

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PINA Dance Film Nominated for Oscar

Posted on: 24/1/2012 6:00PM

The exhilarating new 3D film, PINA, by German master Wim Wenders has already won several awards and has now been nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. PINA captures the brilliantly inventive dance world of legendary choreographer Pina Bausch.

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McDonald College Student the Face of Young Talent Time

Posted on: 23/1/2012 2:08PM

Adrien Nookadu, Year 10 student of The McDonald College, Sydney, has been chosen as the face of Network Ten's re-boot of the 80's hit show, Young Talent Time. Auditioning along with tens of thousands of other young Aussie hopefuls, Adrien has been chosen as a member of the Young Talent Time cast.

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New Creative Director for Melbourne Festival

Posted on: 20/1/2012 9:48AM

Josephine Ridge has been appointed as the incoming Creative Director of the Melbourne Festival. She will succeed Brett Sheehy, whose fourth and final Festival will be presented this October. Josephine Ridge is one of Australia's most experienced and internationally respected arts identities and is currently Executive Director and co-CEO of Sydney Festival.

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New Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) for Jason Winters Classical/Contemporary Course

Posted on: 19/1/2012 6:10AM

Students enrolled in the new full-time Jason Winters’ Classical/ Contemporary Course at Brent Street will now be eligible for the award of CUA50111 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) in addition to the award of Certificate IV in Performing Arts (91508NSW). As a registered training organisation, Brent Street has been approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority to deliver the Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance).

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Dance and Say G'Day

Posted on: 18/1/2012 10:32AM

This Australia Day people from across the globe will become the nation’s newest citizens. The Australia Day Council of NSW wants Sydney’s huge dance community to join them in Sydney's Biggest Backyard to Say G'day to the newly-minted Aussies in a true-blue way. 

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Romeo & Juliet to tour Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

Posted on: 17/1/2012 6:21AM

Following its 2011 world premiere, Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet by the Australian Ballet is set to sweep audiences off their feet across Australia with seasons in Brisbane from 23 March, Adelaide from 25 May and Perth from 10 October. With his trademark dramatic style, Murphy has transformed the world’s most famous love story into something entirely new yet timeless.

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Farewell to Paul DeMasson

Posted on: 13/1/2012 3:39AM

Paul DeMasson, a former principal artist and ballet master with The Australian Ballet has died. He passed away yesterday after a short, aggressive illness. He was 57. Paul is survived by his wife, Sakura and will be greatly missed by the Australian and international arts community.

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So You Think You Can Dance Australia May Return!

Posted on: 9/1/2012 6:00PM

Dance Informa spoke with Nigel Lythgoe on the weekend about So You Think You Can Dance Australia's return...Will there finally be a Season 4?

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Never Did Me Any Harm at Sydney Theatre

Posted on: 8/1/2012 6:00PM

Described as ‘a play for anyone who has ever been a kid’, Never Did Me Any Harm has opened at Sydney Theatre Company. Drawing inspiration from Christos Tsiolkas’ best-selling novel The Slap, Force Majeure’s Artistic Director Kate Champion explores the diversity of attitudes to bringing up children in this dance theatre piece.

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So You Think You Can Dance US Auditions

Posted on: 6/1/2012 12:06PM

Dance Informa was at the opening day of auditions for SYTYCD Season 9 in Atlanta, USA today. Held at the historic Fox Theatre, hundreds of dancers braced the bitter cold for a chance to be named “America’s Favourite Dancer”. Some hopefuls shared that they had waited since 6pm the night before to secure a place at the front of the line!

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Audition Bootcamp for Kids

Posted on: 5/1/2012 3:09AM

Musical theatre is booming in Australia with more shows featuring children than ever before. Teacher of Audition Technique, Queenie van de Zandt is running a one-week intensive Audition Bootcamp in Sydney, to help children aged 7-15 stand out at musical theatre auditions.

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Perth's Fringe World kicks off on Australia Day

Posted on: 2/1/2012 6:00PM

Perth’s first full Fringe World Festival is set to explode from January 26 to February 19. Featuring over 150 plus shows, including eight dance works, brought to you by over 800 local and visiting artists from across the world of Fringe, the festival has a smorgasbord of entertainment on offer.

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Applications Open - Australia Council's Dance and Music Initiative 2012

Posted on: 19/12/2011 6:00PM

The Australia Council invites proposals for innovative, new dance and music works. Applications close 9 March 2012.

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Sydney Theatre Awards Nominations Announced

Posted on: 18/12/2011 6:00PM

Nominations have been announced for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2011, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday January 16. Leading the list of nominations with seven nominations each are Belvoir’s The Dark Room and the musical Hairspray, followed by The Libertine and The Wild Duck each with five nominations, and Baal, Gross und Klein, Mary Poppins, Neighbourhood Watch and The Seagull with four nominations each.

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Win a Private Workshop with Jason Coleman!

Posted on: 18/12/2011 6:00PM

Be part of one of the biggest and best Summer School Dance & Performance Experiences for 2012. The summer school dance program enables you to work with Industry professionals from all over the country in all dance styles. This is your last chance to book in and to be in the draw to WIN your very own private dance workshop with Jason Coleman himself. You and 10 of your best friends get to share an experience not to be forgotten!

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Applications Open for Queen Street Studio's Performing Arts Residency

Posted on: 14/12/2011 6:00PM

Queen Street Studio are putting the call out for performing artists to apply for their 2012 Performing Arts Residency Program which will provide ten successful applications with up to three weeks of free rehearsal or development space. The residency program aims to support artistic and professional development through a diversity of performance practises. It is open to both emerging and established professional artists (individuals or groups) from NSW.

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Circa @ Sydney Opera House - WIN TICKETS

Posted on: 11/12/2011 6:00PM

CIRCA astonished Sydney audiences in 2010 with their self titled work. This summer they return with a ‘white-hot, funny & sexy’ show, Wunderkammer, opening Jan 9. Our friends at Sydney Opera House have one double pass to Wunderkammer to giveaway to a lucky Dance Informa reader! Click 'Read more' for entry details.

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World Dance Movement Italy 2012

Posted on: 8/12/2011 6:00PM

Registration is now open for World Dance Movement Italy 2012 – the International Workshop. This revolutionary study-vacation workshop introduces dancers and educators from all continents to an International Faculty of talent, including Michèle Assaf, Bruno Collinet, Desmond Richardson, Stacey Tookey, Clarissa Mucci, Igal Perry, Jason Parsons and more. Enjoy training with dancers from over 24 countries. July 8-29, 2012.

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Win Dance Print by Dwyer Design Co.

Posted on: 7/12/2011 6:00PM

Merry Christmas readers! Enter today to win! This artwork will add a splash of elegance and artistic-fun to your wall. The bold brushstrokes provoke a sense of movement in the painting and help the viewer experience the energy of the dancer. For entry details click 'Read more'.

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Launching Choreographic Opportunities

Posted on: 6/12/2011 6:00PM

Expressions Dance Company’s Launch Pad, an intimate in-studio season of short duets, returns to Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art in February 2012. Launch Pad gives choreographers an opportunity to road test new ideas. The 2012 Launch Pad will feature choreographers Lisa Wilson, Claire Marshall and Gareth Belling.

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Terri Charlesworth wins prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on: 29/11/2011 6:00PM

The West Australian Dance Awards has honoured Ms Terri Charlesworth of Terri Charlesworth Ballet Centre at the West Australian Dance Awards. Ms Charlesworth was a highly successful Australian ballet dancer and has been recognised and acclaimed nationally and internationally for her classical ballet training methods.

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Brent Street Summer Camp - Last Chance for Early Bird Rate!

Posted on: 26/11/2011 6:00PM

Book your place at the Brent Street Summer Camp 2012 - an intense week of dance, drama, singing and musical theatre for children and young adults (aged 8 -18 years) who want to hone their skills in the performing arts. With 2 weeks to choose from in January, students have the chance to experience the entertainment industry’s finest choreographers and teachers – first-hand. Hurry up and book your place before the beginning of December to enjoy the Early Bird Rate of only $450.  Phone 1300 013 708 or email

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Christmas Must Haves for Dancers

Posted on: 16/11/2011 6:00PM

Need some inspiration for gift ideas this Christmas? Check out Dance Informa's Chistmas Gift Guide. Gifts perfect for the dancers and lovers of dance in your life.

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Australia's finest dancers and musicians unite for a one-off performance

Posted on: 13/11/2011 6:00PM

Internationally acclaimed chamber music trio Ensemble Liaison will combine with JACK Productions for a one-off Sydney performance of El Amor Brujo, featuring Principal Artists of The Australian Ballet, Rachel Rawlins and Andrew Killian, along with Marc Cassidy and Joseph Simons at the newly opened Concert Hall on The Concourse in Chatswood, 3pm on Sunday 27 November.

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The Merry Widow: a decadent tale of love, money and trickery

Posted on: 9/11/2011 6:00PM

The Merry Widow has opened in Sydney at the Opera House for 20 performances until November 28. After an absence of over ten years, Sir Robert Helpmann and Ronald Hynd’s effervescent production returns in 2011 in celebration of The Australian Ballet’s history. As the December season of Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet is already sold out, this is the last opportunity for many to see the company in action in 2011.

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National Ballet of China to bring its greatest love story to Melbourne

Posted on: 6/11/2011 6:00PM

After their triumphant season in 2009 with Raise the Red Lantern, The National Ballet of China are returning to Melbourne in an Australian-exclusive season of one of China’s most famous classical love stories. Described as China’s Romeo and Juliet, The Peony Pavilion will be performed in the State Theatre, the Arts Centre Melbourne from 15 – 18 March 2012.

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