DANCE NEWS


Catch a dance film at Melbourne Planetarium

Posted on: 14/12/2018 7:22AM

Melbourne Planetarium showing dance filmsWant to experience something a little different? How about taking in a dance film on the 16m domed ceiling of the Melbourne Planetarium? Located at Scienceworks Museum in Spotswood, the Melbourne Planetarium is typically a place people think of viewing the night sky in 360 degrees, but now instead of stars and plants, guests can take in the best of Welsh contemporary dance thanks to a new collaboration between 4Pi productions and Coreo Cymru.


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Last call for 2019 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship

Posted on: 13/12/2018 10:40PM

Australian dance fellowship programTime is running out to apply for the 2019 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship! If you are an Australian dancer or choreographer aged 20 to 35 who has not had extensive experience in Europe, this is an incredible opportunity for creative development, artistic exchange, study, attendance at performances and international networking.


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The Royal Ballet’s 'Nutcracker' set for cinemas

Posted on: 12/12/2018 7:15AM

Arabian Dance by The Royal BalletThis month, Event & Village Cinemas is exclusively screening two of Marius Petipa’s ballets — La Bayadère and The Nutcracker — at 19 Event Cinemas and 7 Village Cinemas locations nationally as part of the Royal Opera House 2018-19 Live Cinema Season.


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Queensland Ballet's 'Nutcracker' in 6th year

Posted on: 10/12/2018 8:45AM

Dancers Laura Hidalgo and Alexander IdazsakAs Queensland Ballet is set to open its sixth season of The Nutcracker, love for this festive ballet shows no signs of slowing with an extra performance added to the 2018 season. Artistic Director Li Cunxin said he was thrilled that Brisbane audiences have made The Nutcracker part of their Christmas tradition and that more and more people are discovering this delightful classic.


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Introducing the new EDC Artistic Director!

Posted on: 7/12/2018 5:30AM

Expressions Dance Company Artistic DirectorBrisbane’s Expressions Dance Company (EDC) has now announced the appointment of Amy Hollingsworth as its new Artistic Director. With over 20 years’ experience as a dancer, choreographer, director and industry advocate, as well as in film and dancer education, Hollingsworth is highly regarded for her passion and leadership within the Australian dance industry. Taking up the position in January 2019, she will replace outgoing Artistic Director Natalie Weir.


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Carriageworks announces 2019 Program

Posted on: 6/12/2018 10:44PM

Australian artist Mike ParrThis week, Carriageworks, the largest contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia, announced its 2019 Artistic Program, which spans major contemporary art exhibitions, dance, performance, music and food. In 2019 the Carriageworks Artistic Program will support over 900 artists and will present 86 projects, including seven world premieres, 25 international works and 36 new Australian commissions.


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Sydney City Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker is back

Posted on: 5/12/2018 8:30AM

SYDNEY CITY YOUTH BALLETPresented by Artistic Director Lucinda Dunn OAM with additional choreography by Paul Boyd, the Sydney City Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker is back by popular demand at The Concourse, Chatswood from Tuesday 18 December to Sunday 23 December 2018.


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RAD announces Diana de Vos Awards winners

Posted on: 4/12/2018 7:50AM

Diana de Vos-Beck with Overall Senior WinnerThe Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Australia has announced the winners of its annual ballet Awards Day in Western Australia, which only this year was named after local dance figure Diana de Vos-Beck. The Awards Day saw over 100 young dance students from across the state compete on November 25.


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Energetiks offers 'Giftmas' Guide

Posted on: 3/12/2018 10:55AM

Dancer Christmas GiftsShopping for the dancer in your life? The beloved Australian dance and activewear brand Energetiks has produced an amazing 'Giftmas' Guide for those seeking the perfect present for a dance-obsessed friend/relative. 


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Tim Podesta to premiere latest work in London

Posted on: 28/11/2018 7:15AM

Tim Podesta with students of his schoolOn December 7, Australian choreographer Tim Podesta will be in London for the premiere of his latest work The Zoo, inspired by Edward Albee's 1959 play "The Zoo Story”. On the same day in his hometown in Wodonga, regional Australia, his full-time training organization Projection Dance School will be performing Don Quixote. Meanwhile, in America his film La Jeune Femme et la Mort will be screening at film festivals and in Ethiopia students will be gearing up for his third visit.


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Flava holds auditions for 2019 crews

Posted on: 27/11/2018 10:00AM

Flava Dance Studios in South AustraliaFlava Dance Studios in Reynella, SA is looking for fresh talent to join its 2019 crews! Directors Afroditi Rallis and Marissa Ritorto invite dancers with a strong passion, love for dance, drive and commitment to audition this Sunday, December 2.


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NAISDA Dance College receives top accolade

Posted on: 26/11/2018 11:00AM

2018 Educational Institute of the Year at National Dreamtime AwardsNAISDA Dance College has been recognised as Educational Institute of the Year at the 2018 National Dreamtime Awards, which were held at The Star, Sydney on Friday, November 16. The National Dreamtime Awards are an opportunity for First Nations people from across Australia to come together and recognise excellence within the categories of Sport, Arts, Education and Community.


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2018 Rob Guest Endowment Award Winners

Posted on: 23/11/2018 10:28AM

2018 Rob Guest Endowment Award WinnerThe winner of the 2018 Rob Guest Endowment Award was announced on Monday, November 19 at the conclusion of the Grand Final Event held at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Competing against five other outstanding semi-finalists, Annie Aitken (Melba, Muriel’s Wedding) took out the prestigious award after being chosen by an expert panel of judges, which comprised Kellie Dickerson, Jason Langley, Sharon Millerchip and Guy Simpson.


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'Sharp Short Dance' 2018 winners announced

Posted on: 22/11/2018 9:55AM

Eliza Cooper in Lazer BeamsThe winners of the 11th annual Sharp Short Dance festival, presented by FORM Dance Projects, were announced on Saturday, November 17 following an impressive final event held at Riverside Theatres.


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Longtime RAD Australia Director to step down

Posted on: 21/11/2018 11:45AM

Royal Academy of Dance AustraliaAfter 29 years as National Director of the Royal Academy of Dance in Australia, Bronwyn Watkins will be retiring in July 2019. Watkins is the longest serving National Director of RAD Australia, the largest RAD national office outside London.


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Dance given spotlight at 'Christmas Proms'

Posted on: 20/11/2018 7:50AM

Christmas Proms at Adelaide Festival TheatreIt’s the most wonderful time of the year as Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Guy Noble, joins Adelaide’s beloved Christmas Proms at Festival Theatre on December 14–16. Feel the spirit of Christmas as musical magic comes alive in song and dance with performances by musical theatre star Lucy Durack (Wicked, Wizard of Oz, Legally Blonde) and Tap Pack members Jan Di Pietro (The Producers, Boy from Oz) and Sean Mulligan (Jersey Boys, Tap Pack). 


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QLD student wins $7,000 RAD prize

Posted on: 19/11/2018 12:40PM

Royal Academy of Dance Australian Advanced 1 Bursary 2018 WinnerA Queensland student recently won the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Australian Advanced 1 Bursary Final in Canberra. Emilia Bignami, trained by Rosanna Castellana at Promenade Dance Studio, impressed guest adjudicators, beating five other finalists from across Australia. Semi-finals had been held in SA, WA, ACT, NSW, VIC and QLD prior to the final in ACT on Sunday, November 11.


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'Sleeping Beauty' set for Crown Theatre Perth

Posted on: 16/11/2018 2:24PM

Sleeping Beauty ballet in Western AustraliaCharlesworth Ballet Institute, alongside the support of Youth Ballet WA, will soon present the coming-of-age fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. This much-loved ballet will feature some of Perth’s finest young dancers, as well as West Australian Ballet Demi-Soloist Christian Luck as the wicked fairy Carabosse.


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Dream Dance Co holds auditions for 2019

Posted on: 16/11/2018 1:47PM

Australian commercial dance company Founded to be Australia's first commercial dance company, The Dream Dance Company is led by one of the nation's most esteemed creative directors, Marko Panzic. Now his company has announced auditions for its 2019 season - first in Melbourne on November 24 and then in Sydney on November 25. It’ll be the company’s first time auditioning in Melbourne.


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WXYZ Studios officially open in Victoria

Posted on: 14/11/2018 8:45AM

Lucy Guerin Inc hubThe official opening of WXYZ Studios earlier this month heralds a new era for Lucy Guerin Inc (LGI) and creates a valuable resource for contemporary dance communities. Conveniently located in North Melbourne and with two studios purpose-designed for dance, WXYZ Studios will be a unique hub for experimental, contemporary dance in Melbourne and beyond.


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Callout for Sydney dancers for paid contract

Posted on: 13/11/2018 7:48AM

Sharp Short Dance photo by Dom O'DonnellFORM Dance Projects in Western Sydney has announced an Audition Call for dancers, aged 15–25, to be part of a professional ensemble of 12 dancers, under the direction of choreographer Emma Saunders, on a large-scale festival production entitled Encounter, to be presented in 2019-2020. Auditions will be Wednesday, November 21 from 4:30–6 p.m.


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RAD names WA Awards after local dance icon

Posted on: 13/11/2018 7:00AM

Royal Academy of Dance AustraliaThe Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Australia has announced that its annual ballet Awards Day in Western Australia will now be named after local dance figure Diana de Vos-Beck. The inaugural Diana de Vos OAM MA FRAD Awards, which sees over 100 young dance students from across the state compete, will take place on November 25, 2018.


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Full line-up announced for Dance Rites 2018

Posted on: 9/11/2018 11:33PM

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island danceThis month, Australia’s First Nations dance competition Dance Rites will return to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt for a free, two-day nationwide celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dance and cultures. Taking place on the weekend of 24-25 November, Dance Rites 2018 draws together some 300 performers representing nations from across the country, including the APY Lands, Far North Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania.


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Female Indigenous choreographers unite

Posted on: 8/11/2018 7:43AM

StoryPlace directed by Frances RingsNAISDA Dance College, Australia's premier Indigenous dance college, is partnering with Carriageworks for the fifth consecutive year from Wednesday, November 21 to Saturday, November 24 to present StoryPlace. NAISDA’s 2018 Sydney season will honour Indigenous women and the female creative force inherent in our landscape, art and stories today.


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FORM brings Seniors Dance Classes back

Posted on: 7/11/2018 3:37PM

Senior Dance Classes Sydney AustraliaDue to popular demand, FORM Dance Projects in Western Sydney has launched another six-week program of lunchtime dance classes specifically designed for seniors. The sessions are led by Diane Busuttil and aim to get the blood flowing and the body dancing.


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Scimm to present 'Senseless State'

Posted on: 6/11/2018 10:56PM

Senseless StateScimm Dance Company in Melbourne will soon present Senseless State, created by Founders and Directors Scott Pokorny and Tim Barnes, at The Skydeck Theatre. The double bill will feature Insensate and Sensory.


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2018 Rob Guest Endowment Finalists revealed

Posted on: 5/11/2018 9:46PM

Top 6 for Rob Guest Endowment 2018The 2018 Rob Guest Endowment Finalists were announced last month as Annie Aitken, Joel Granger, Todd Jacobsson, Courtney Monsma, Ashleigh Rubenach and Lyndon Watts. Competing against over 200 applicants, these six outstanding artists were chosen by an expert panel of judges and will soon be further considered at an invitation-only Presentation on Monday, November 19. The main prize up for grabs is worth $20,000.


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Charlie Bucket finds his Golden Ticket

Posted on: 2/11/2018 7:52AM

Tommy Blair, Ryan Yeates, Lucy Maunder, Oliver Alkhair, Xion JarvisCharlie Bucket has been found and he has a Golden Ticket! Producers John Frost, Craig Donnell, Warner Bros Theatre Ventures, Langley Park Productions and Neal Street Productions recently announced the four boys who will play the role of Charlie in the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical. Roald Dahl’s delicious tale will be playing only in Sydney at the Capitol Theatre from January 5, 2019.


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New York Dance Project announces Sydney Masterclass Auditions

Posted on: 1/11/2018 6:45AM

Sydney Dance Summer Program 2019New York Dance Project, a professional and pre-professional dance company in NYC, will soon hold Masterclass Auditions in Southern Sydney for dancers wishing to learn from Co-Founder and Artistic Director Davis Robertson and to apply for entry to one of NYDP’s 2019 Summer Intensives.


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Prix de Lausanne selects 2019 candidates

Posted on: 1/11/2018 2:30AM

International Ballet CompetitionAfter much deliberation, Prix de Lausanne has selected 71 dancers from its 363 video applicants. Along with nine pre-selected candidates, a total of 80 dancers will take part in the 47th edition of the world-renowned competition in Switzerland from February 3-10. Nine are from Australia.


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