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Legally Blonde Musical in Melbourne

Posted on: 19/8/2019 6:00PM

Legally Blonde, the musical will be in Melbourne November 23 to December 8th 2019 at Chapel Off Chapel produced by James Terry collective.


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Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship Final

Posted on: 16/8/2019 6:00PM

Sydney Eisteddfod has announced that Christian Tâtchev, Chelsea Andrejic, David McAllister AM,  Li Cunxin and Rafael Bonachela will be adjudicators for the 2019 Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. Tickets are on sale now for Sydney Eisteddfod's Ballet Scholarship Final at Sydney Opera House on Sunday 24 August at 2:30pm.


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Announcing Discount Dance Costumes Australia

Posted on: 16/8/2019 6:00PM

Discount Dance CostumesStudio owners: Tens of thousands of stunning dance costumes have landed in Australia just in time for your concert season, thanks to Discount Dance Costumes. The discontinued stock from the UK has been sent over for Australian studio owners to take advantage of. All stock is at least 50% off! The high quality range includes styles for ballet (including tutus), jazz, contemporary, tap, male dancers, hip hop and debut/mini dancers. There are so many cute, stunning and eye-catching looks to choose from for any concert theme.


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Secondment opportunity with Thomas E.S. Kelly

Posted on: 15/8/2019 6:00PM

Tasdance is offering secondment places over a two week period starting September 9th until September 20th. Thomas E.S. Kelly will be in residence at Tasdance redeveloping his work Junjeiri Ballun - Gurul Gaureima, which premiered at The Unconformity Festival in 2018.


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New Levels For West Australian Ballet

Posted on: 14/8/2019 6:00PM

Western Australia’s State Ballet Company, and the oldest professional ballet company in Australia, West Australian Ballet (WAB), has reported a record-breaking year in 2018 with a 26% increase at the box office after the creation of multiple ground-breaking works.


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SIMULCAST is headed to Bendigo and they need 100 local dancers!

Posted on: 13/8/2019 6:00PM

In partnership with Chunky Move and Tasdance, City of Greater Bendigo is looking for 100 volunteer dancers of all ages to be part of a large-scale dance work to be held at the iconic Poppet Head site in Bendigo August - October 2019.


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Fling Presents My Black Dog

Posted on: 12/8/2019 6:00PM

FLING Physical Theatre is set to present their new production My Black Dog this August at Bega Showground Pavilion in NSW. The production has been developed to support youth mental health in regional and remote locations, seeking to break down stigma and help generate conversation on an issue that is often difficult to talk about.


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Filling the Space opens at Canberra Theatre Centre Playhouse

Posted on: 9/8/2019 6:00PM

Filling the Space opens at Canberra Theatre Centre Playhouse on 8 August for three days. The Quantum Leap Ensemble explores the dynamic relationship of body and architecture. It breaks open the frames and borders that guide movement in and out of space/s and playfully manipulates the emotional relationship to them. The theatre stage becomes a world of potential, of space filling and emptying, of new cosmic dances.


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The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) has welcomed a new National Director

Posted on: 8/8/2019 6:00PM

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) has welcomed a new National Director to lead its operations in Australia on the eve of a new era for the Academy. Rebecca Taylor succeeds Bronwyn Watkins, the longest serving National Director (29 years) of the RAD in Australia, which is the largest RAD national office outside London.


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Bolshoi Ballet London Tour

Posted on: 7/8/2019 4:00PM

At the end of July 2019, the Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra will travel to London to perform from the 29th July to the 17 August in Covent Garden. The Bolshoi Ballet will return to the Royal Opera House with the Orchestra for another exciting three-week season of spectacular ballets presented by Victor Hochhauser.


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Voting open for Walk of Fame star  

Posted on: 6/8/2019 6:00PM

Australians are encouraged to help select the next artist to have their name set in lights on Adelaide Festival Centre’s star-studded Walk of Fame. The public vote is now open for the 2018 star on Adelaide Festival Centre’s illuminated walkway with a shortlist of 12 of the finest performers, musicians, writers and directors who performed at Adelaide Festival Centre in 2018.


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Ausdance National announces its closure

Posted on: 6/8/2019 6:00PM

Ausdance National has regrettably announced it will be winding up the association. The impact of shrinking government funding for the organisation has resulted in dwindling reserves and severely limited resources. Despite significant fundraising efforts and organisational restructuring, Australia’s national advocate for the dance sector could not secure sustainable financial support.


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WIN an on stage appearance in Giselle!

Posted on: 5/8/2019 6:00PM

Feel the thrill of stepping on stage this September along-side WA Ballet's world class dancers, in the timeless Romantic era ballet, Giselle at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth WA. You’ll be part of the Prince of Courtland’s hunting party and fitted in a luxurious noble costume made of velvet with beaded detail.


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Shakespeare Ballet Returns to the stage

Posted on: 2/8/2019 6:00PM

It was the ballet that broke a 54-year box office record for Queensland Ballet back in 2014 and from August 28th this year Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet is set to return to the Brisbane stage at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC.


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English National Ballet Akram Khan’s Giselle Sadler’s Wells, London

Posted on: 1/8/2019 10:00PM

Akram Khan’s Giselle returns to the UK for the first time since 2017, following acclaimed international performances in Moscow, Luxembourg and Chicago so far this year. Now the production is returning to Sadler’s Wells, London, for 13 performances from Wednesday 18th – Saturday 28th September.


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International Solo-Dance-Theatre Festival 2020

Posted on: 31/7/2019 6:00PM

Online applications have already opened, and will remain open until the 11th of November 2019. Young artists can apply for the 24th International Solo-Dance-Theatre Festival which is taking place at Stuttgarts TREFFPUNKT Rotebuehlplatz in Germany from 12th to 15th March 2020.


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Just Dropped! The Energetiks Gemini Limited Edition Collection

Posted on: 29/7/2019 6:00PM

Gemini is Energetiks latest dance-active collection designed for those who love to move and inspired by the first moments of a dancer’s journey and it's availble now!


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Seven dancers from Australia will compete in the 2019 Genée International Ballet Competition in Toronto

Posted on: 28/7/2019 4:00PM

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) has selected 62 of the finest young dancers working to the RAD syllabus from around the world to take part in this year’s Genée International Ballet Competition, one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions. The week-long event will be held at Canada’s National Ballet School, Betty Oliphant Theatre and the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The public are invited to attend elements of the competition with tickets now on sale for both the Semi-finals at the Betty Oliphant Theatre on 26 and 27 August and the Final on the 29 August at Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts.


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Tom Burlinson will join the cast of Chicago in Sydney and Brisbane

Posted on: 26/7/2019 6:00PM

Australian producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones have announced today that iconic Australian entertainer Tom Burlinson will join the cast of the multi-award winning, record breaking musical CHICAGO for its seasons in Sydney (from August 20) and Brisbane (from November 2nd) playing the role of the cunning and charismatic lawyer Billy Flynn.


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Bangarra Dance Theatre embarks on a multi-city tour

Posted on: 25/7/2019 6:00PM

Bangarra Dance Theatre embarks on a multi-city International tour from October to November 2019. Bangarra Dance Theatre is Australia’s leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance company, acclaimed worldwide for its moving performances, distinctive voice and authentic storytelling. In the company’s second visit to Canada, they are showcasing the best of Bangarra’s 30-year repertoire in a powerful celebration of culture.


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West Australia Ballet performs Giselle

Posted on: 24/7/2019 6:00PM

West Australia Ballet will dance a special performance of GISELLE on Thursday 26 September 2019 at His Majesty’s Theatre in Perth WA.


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Don’t miss Sydney Dance Company’s national tour

Posted on: 23/7/2019 6:00PM

Sydney Dance Company’s 50th Anniversary continues it's national tour with a thrilling triple bill from Rafael Bonachela, Gabrielle Nankivell and Melanie Lane, each having created a wildly inventive and spellbinding experience for the audience. Don't miss performances in the final cities NT, SA and TAS regions until August 17th 2019.


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Sydney Folk Festival 2019

Posted on: 22/7/2019 6:00PM

Sydney is set to host its own folk music festival August 16th to 18th and no one’s feet will get wet! At four great venues in Pitt Street over 2 days and 3 nights, the heart of Sydney will see more than 60 acts in a massive celebration of the best and most adventurous in today’s new generation of folk. 


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Lion Heart Dance Company to unveil its latest offering

Posted on: 19/7/2019 6:00PM

Lion Heart Dance Company is preparing to unveil its latest offering, Clash, at Chapel off Chapel from Sep 6 - 8th, 2019. Established in 2015, the company has produced a number shows in Melbourne, including Table of Eight, Fabricated, The Scarlet Trace and ENVISION as well as the innovative Inhabit Dance Festival under the direction of Benjamin Curé. The company has grown during that time and now boasts a cast of 12 of Melbourne’s finest dancers - and, for the first time in the company’s history, company director Benjamin Curé will be taking to the stage in one of his own works. 


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Melbourne City Ballet shuts down

Posted on: 18/7/2019 8:00PM

It’s a sad time for the dancers and staff of Melbourne city Ballet. On June 27th the company’s dancers were informed by artistic director Michael Pappalardo that the company would not be able to continue. As a result dancers have lost their jobs and students are looking for new schools. The company had a full schedule, with six to eight different shows a year and interstate and overseas travel.


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Shrek and Princess Fiona have been found

Posted on: 17/7/2019 6:00PM

Ben Mingay and Lucy Durack will play the lead roles of Shrek and Princess Fiona in the lavish and fun multi-million dollar musical comedy SHREK The Musical, Australia’s leading theatre producer John Frost announced. It was also announced that Australian musical royalty Marcia Hines would play the role of the Dragon in a special guest appearance for the Sydney season. The Broadway smash hit SHREK The Musical will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star in early January 2020, followed by seasons at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne from February and at the Lyric Theatre, Brisbane following.


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Final 2019 Helpmann Award winners announced!

Posted on: 17/7/2019 1:51PM

The 2019 Helpmann Awards Act II held on July 15th was a star studded black-tie gala event hosted by the fabulous dynamic duo of comedian, writer and actor, Susie Youssef, and Artistic Director of State Theatre SA, Mitchell Butel at Arts Centre Melbourne. Saluting artistic excellence and achievement on Australian stages over the past year, twenty three (23) prestigious Helpmann Awards were presented in the categories of comedy, cabaret, contemporary music, musicals, opera, classical music, theatre and ballet, dance and physical theatre.


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English National Ballet to perform Swan Lake in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall

Posted on: 15/7/2019 6:00PM

English National Ballet will return to the Royal Albert Hall in London next summer (17-28 June 2020) with Derek Deane’s critically acclaimed production of Swan Lake in-the-round. 


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The 2019 Helmann Awards are here

Posted on: 15/7/2019 6:00PM

Live Performance Australia (LPA) have announced a very special addition to the 2019 Helpmann Awards at Arts Centre Melbourne. Along with previously announced live entertainment for the 2019 Helpmann Awards, a special performance will be beamed direct from The Princess Theatre for the delight of audiences, on Monday 15th July. In a world first, the cast of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will perform an exclusive montage live from the play’s Australian home, Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.


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Keir Choreographic Award increases to $50 000

Posted on: 12/7/2019 6:00PM

This biennial Australian choreographic award was launched in 2014, it was formed through a partnership between Dancehouse, Melbourne; Carriageworks, Sydney and the Keir Foundation. The Keir Foundation, Carriageworks and Dancehouse have announced that the cash prize for the 2020 Keir Choreographic Award has increased to $50,000. Entries for the biennial competition are open until July 14, 2019.


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