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‘Loch na hEala’ coming to Sydney

Posted on: 23/6/2017 9:00AM

Michael Keegan-Dolan's reimagined Swan LakeThe acclaimed Irish work Swan Lake/Loch na hEala will make its Australian debut at the Sydney Opera House in late August, direct from European stages. Straddling theatre, movement and live music, Swan Lake/Loch na hEala is a reimagining of one of ballet’s most popular stories by choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan.


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New ‘SKATE’ project casting performers

Posted on: 21/6/2017 10:30AM

Big hART theatre spectacleThis Friday, June 23, applications close for the brand-new SKATE project. A casting call out for performers, skateboarders and musicians describes SKATE as a new work that will be workshopped and then presented in Melbourne in October 2017.


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2017 'Sharp Short Dance' registrations open

Posted on: 20/6/2017 11:00AM

FORM Dance Projects 2017 SeasonRegistrations are now open for the 10th Annual Sharp Short Dance presented by FORM Dance Projects on November 14-18. Aspiring choreographers and dancers aged 21 years and under are invited to take part in the competitive dance festival for a chance to win awards, secondments and prizes.


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Transit Dance announces Audition Tour

Posted on: 19/6/2017 9:00AM

Full-time dance audition tourAre you serious about a career in dance? Then Transit Dance is inviting you to audition for entry to its 2018 full-time courses. Auditions will be presented in New Zealand, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth in July and August.


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Want to model gorgeous dancewear?

Posted on: 18/6/2017 1:05PM

Dance Model Contest Entrant Molly SawyerDance Informa has once again teamed up with innovative Australian dancewear brand Energetiks to host an exclusive model search! How would you like to win a modelling contract for Energetiks, star on the cover of Dance Informa and be the 2018 Victorian Dance Festival Ambassador? Enter now!


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Yvette Lee headed back to VDF for 2018

Posted on: 17/6/2017 10:30AM

Victorian Dance Festival 2018 Instructor AnnouncementIt has now been announced that choreographer Yvette Lee will be returning as an instructor to next year’s Victorian Dance Festival! VDF will be bigger than ever in 2018 – being held February 16-18 in the larger, historic Royal Exhibition Building at Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. An estimated 6,000 dancers are expected to attend!


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Imagine dancing in the USA on a scholarship!

Posted on: 16/6/2017 2:25PM

International Ballet Workshops guest teacherThe prestigious International Ballet Workshops brings elite classical teachers to Australia and New Zealand for workshop tours twice yearly. This Winter Series' will focus on Paquita repertoire, as taught by guest teacher and principal ballerina Dusty Button, alongside Rain Francis and Olivia Jenkins. The tour launches June 25 and will visit Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Auckland, Melbourne and Hobart! Two students per city will win a scholarship to the BellaMoxi Dance Convention in America.


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SCENE Co. offers Winter Workshop

Posted on: 16/6/2017 8:30AM

Dance workshop in Hornsby NSWSCENE Co., a performing arts program that promises to bring out that “true triple threat”, is presenting a Winter Workshop on Thursday and Friday, July 13 and 14 at Industry Performing Arts at 65-67 Hunter Lane in Hornsby, NSW.


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ACB presents International Ballet Gala

Posted on: 15/6/2017 7:15AM

2017 ACB International Ballet GalaThe Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (ACB) will soon present its 2017 International Ballet Gala. The Gala will unite internationally-recognised professional dancers with some of the most promising young local talent in one showcase on Saturday, July 15 at Arts Centre Melbourne.


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Marten Bequest scholarships announced

Posted on: 14/6/2017 4:30AM

Marten Bequest 2017 scholarship recipient Twelve Australian artists have been announced as recipients of the 2017 Marten Bequest scholarships, worth a total of $600,000. Of them, one is rising ballet star Harrison Lee of NSW. His $50,000 scholarship will support his ongoing studies at The Royal Ballet School in London, UK, including tuition and boarding house fees.


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Melbourne City Ballet set to sparkle off stage

Posted on: 13/6/2017 9:00AM

Carnival-inspired 2017 Fundraising GalaMelbourne City Ballet is set to sparkle off stage for its annual fundraising evening on Saturday, June 24. The dancers and artistic staff will enjoy the chance to celebrate with their guests at the cocktail event, which has been inspired by the fun and frivolity of a carnival. The gala is set to take place in the iconic Melba Spiegeltent in Melbourne.


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Patricia Barker named RNZB Artistic Director

Posted on: 12/6/2017 10:00AM

Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 12th Artistic DirectorThe Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) has appointed Patricia Barker, a former prima ballerina and current Artistic Director of Grand Rapids Ballet in Michigan, USA, as the company’s new Artistic Director. She'll begin later this month, joining the company as rehearsals for the RNZB’s brand-new production of Romeo and Juliet begin.


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Wizard of Oz Auditions: Could you be Dorothy?

Posted on: 10/6/2017 6:00PM

Wizard of Oz AuditionsThe world’s favourite musical The Wizard of Oz is returning for an Australian tour later this year, starring Anthony Warlow as The Wizard and Professor Marvel, Lucy Durack as Glinda the Good Witch and Jemma Rix as The Wicked Witch of the West. But who will wear the ruby slippers of Dorothy? Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones are looking for a new young star to take on the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, with auditions later this month.


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Victorian State Ballet to present ‘Cinderella’

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

Cinderella by Victorian State BalletThe Victorian State Ballet continues its 2017 Season with its production of Cinderella, which will soon be presented in Frankston followed by four other cities in August. Cinderella will feature a cast of classical ballet artists assembled from across Australia and abroad.


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‘Tinsel Town’ takes the stage in Sydney

Posted on: 8/6/2017 10:00AM

Tinsel Town by David CammYoung Australian producer and choreographer David Camm, creative director at Entertainment Works Australia, will soon present his new show Tinsel Town at Petersham RSL Club in Sydney. Set for Tuesday, June 27 at 8 p.m., Tinsel Town will serve tribute to the golden years of showbiz.


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Dancehouse offers Room to Move opportunity

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

Dancehouse offers Room to Move programDancehouse, a premier centre for independent dance in Melbourne, offers ROOM TO MOVE, a non-curated program giving choreographers a chance to present work-in-progress in front of a live audience. Dance makers can apply for August and September showcases by July 17 and October and November showcases by September 18.


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Sydney Eisteddfod’s Tanya Pearson Award

Posted on: 5/6/2017 9:15AM

Sydney Eisteddfod announces Mrs. Tanya Pearson Artistry Award & Grand DéfiléSydney Eisteddfod recently established The Mrs. Tanya Pearson Artistry Award as part of its Ballet Scholarship Final in celebration of the “extraordinary contribution” of Mrs. Tanya Pearson OAM. Mrs. Pearson has been a dedicated ballet teacher for more than 50 years, training hundreds of students and seeing many go on to successful professional careers.


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Movitae offers free programme for schools

Posted on: 3/6/2017 9:25AM

Interactive learning hub for dance schoolsDance teachers, do you want to better assist your students and delight their parents? Then check out this new opportunity from the global dance platform Movitae to create your dance school's own interactive learning hub! Right now enjoy a special offer through Dance Informa!


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WAAPA brings ‘42nd Street’ back

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

Western Australian Academy of Performing ArtsWestern Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) brings this all-time favourite Broadway musical comedy to the stage of The Regal Theatre from June 17-24. 42nd Street swings into the high-energy song and dance routines that have made it one of the world’s best-loved musical comedies.


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BalletLab McMahon Contemporary Art Award

Posted on: 1/6/2017 9:00AM

Phillip Adams BalletLab at Temperance HallPhillip Adams BalletLab (PABL) recently announced the first BalletLab McMahon Contemporary Art Award (BMCAA). This $12,000 invitation-only Contemporary Art Award will be awarded annually to an artist who demonstrates a commitment to brave and innovative contemporary arts practice.


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Contemporary Clash Comp coming up

Posted on: 31/5/2017 9:00AM

Contemporary Clash Comp 2017Are you looking for a dance competition with an industry-recognised adjudicator? Enter Contemporary Clash 2017, the next instalment of a fast-growing competition organised by IN-SIGHT Dance Events Founders Morgan Holt and Rebekah Vulic. It will be held in Sydney on August 19 and 20 at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.


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‘Step’ dance film at Sydney Film Festival

Posted on: 30/5/2017 8:30AM

Step coming to 2017 Sydney Film FestivalThis year the Sydney Film Festival runs from June 7–18. One special dance film that will be presented is Step, an uplifting story of an American school step dance team on the verge of graduation. It won Director Amanda Lipitz a Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at Sundance.


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Kate Dundas in charge at Sydney Opera House

Posted on: 29/5/2017 9:15AM

New Executive Director of Performing Arts at the Sydney Opera HouseThe Sydney Opera House recently announced the appointment of Kate Dundas as Executive Director of Performing Arts. A former director of ABC Radio and deputy secretary of NSW Government Arts & Culture, Dundas has a remarkable track record of harnessing talent and leading creative teams to achieve outstanding results.


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RAD Festival of Dance in Western Australia

Posted on: 26/5/2017 9:00AM

Royal Academy of Dance Australia’s Festival of Dance in WAEvery year dancers in Western Australia come together to compete in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Australia’s Festival of Dance. An immense event taking place over five days and culminating in a gala performance on the final evening, the festival is a springboard for many aspiring and pre-professional dancers in the region.


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DirtyFeet to present Out of the Studio 2017

Posted on: 25/5/2017 8:30AM

Thomas E.S. Kelly's Choreographic Lab 2016Sydney’s DirtyFeet is a not-for-profit contemporary dance organisation run by artists, for artists. In late June, DirtyFeet will present first-draft dance works from two early-career choreographers, Matt Cornell and Thomas E.S. Kelly, at Shopfront Co-Op in Carlton, NSW.


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Madeleine Eastoe teaching adult dancers

Posted on: 24/5/2017 9:30AM

The Australian Ballet Studios Program Teacher Madeleine Eastoe, former principal artist with The Australian Ballet, has now joined its Studios Adult Ballet Classes in a teaching capacity. As of May 22, Eastoe is leading level 3 classes at The Primrose Potter Ballet Centre in Southbank, VIC.


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‘Fifty’ book retraces ADT history

Posted on: 23/5/2017 7:30AM

Fifty: Half a century of Australian Dance TheatreFifty: Half a century of Australian Dance Theatre is a new book by Adelaide professor Maggie Tonkin and it is now available to order. The book retraces the journey of this significant Australian dance troupe, from it’s beginning in 1965 to today when the company is preparing to tour nationally with its new show Be Your Self.


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ACPE hosts an Open Day on June 10

Posted on: 22/5/2017 8:35AM

Australian College of Physical Education Open Day June 2017Are you dreaming of a career in dance? Make it a reality with a dance degree from the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE). Find out more about ACPE’s Bachelor of Dance Education and Bachelor of Dance Practice at ACPE’s Open Day on Saturday, June 10.


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Tim Podesta working on more U.K. shows

Posted on: 20/5/2017 7:35AM

M&T inMotion co-founderM&T inMotion was founded by Australian choreographer Tim Podesta and star dancer Mara Galeazzi after they first collaborated in 2015. These innovative and creative minds have now been busy working on various projects, some of which will be presented in the U.K. in June and July. 


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Joffrey Ballet School Scholarship Winners

Posted on: 19/5/2017 9:00AM

Joffrey Ballet School Summer GiveawayDance Informa is excited to announce Joffrey Ballet School Summer Scholarship winners! The Joffrey Ballet School with Dance Informa offered up to 50 scholarships for summer intensives, including classical ballet, contemporary, hip hop and musical theatre courses.


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