DANCE NEWS


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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Alana Culverhouse joins Co3 leadership

Posted on: 31/10/2018 7:00AM

Co3 AustraliaWestern Australia’s flagship contemporary dance company, Co3 Australia, recently announced the appointment of Alana Culverhouse as its new Executive Director. Culverhouse joins Co3 with more than two decades in the arts sector.


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Wakakirri announces the Story of the Year

Posted on: 30/10/2018 8:30AM

Wakakirri’s 2018 Story of the YearWakakirri, the largest performing arts event for primary and secondary schools in Australia, has announced the National Story of the Year Winner. Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College (TLSC), Tumbi Umbi Campus has claimed the Secondary Title!


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Sydney Dance Co & McDonald College announce 2nd intake for new program

Posted on: 29/10/2018 11:10AM

Sydney Dance Company and The McDonald CollegeA second intake has been announced for Sydney Dance Company’s new Senior Contemporary Dance Program at The McDonald College in North Strathfield, Sydney. Due to high demand, a second intake has been announced for those interested in joining its 2019 program, which is open to students in Years 10-12 wishing to develop into creative, forward-thinking contemporary dance artists. Auditions will be held a few weeks from now. Registrations for Intake Two close November 2.


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Don’t miss these Cruise Line Auditions!

Posted on: 26/10/2018 10:15PM

Australian Cruise AuditionsGet ready! Officials from Norwegian Creative Studios will be back in Australia in a matter of days! In case you missed our first announcement, they’ll be auditioning in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne for female and male dancers and vocalists!


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LINK Dance Co. performs at Dancehouse

Posted on: 25/10/2018 8:05AM

WAAPA Pre-professional dance troupeLINK Dance Company, a pre-professional troupe attached to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, will present a selection of works by Australian choreographers Richard Cilli, Emma Fishwick, Tobiah Booth-Remmers and Michael Whaites at Dancehouse, Melbourne in November.


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Dance Massive programs to close applications

Posted on: 24/10/2018 2:45PM

Meet & Greets and Open Studios Applications close on Wednesday, November 7 for Australian dance artists and companies to apply for Dance Massive’s Tour Ready – Meet & Greets and Open Studios – New Works programs. Australian contemporary dance festival Dance Massive is returning to Melbourne on March 12–24, 2019.


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Lucy Guerin Inc moves into new home

Posted on: 23/10/2018 2:43PM

Lucy Guerin Inc's new homeAfter more than a decade at the much-loved Batman Street studio, Lucy Guerin Inc is ready to move into its new home in North Melbourne: WXYZ Studios - a new hub for contemporary dance-making. The public is welcome to visit from Monday, November 5.


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Energetiks releases first PJ collection

Posted on: 23/10/2018 11:55AM

Energetiks PJ CollectionPopular Australian dance and activewear brand Energetiks recently unveiled its first-ever PJ collection! Now dancers are invited to not just dream big with Energetiks during the day and in the dance studio, but at night and as they sleep!


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Paul Malek announces Transit Origins Academy

Posted on: 19/10/2018 7:50AM

Melbourne high school dance trainingTransit Dance Artistic Director Paul Malek has announced a brand-new high school alternative for students serious about dance! The Transit Origins Academy will cater to exceptional young dance artists who are at Year 9 to 12 secondary school education level. Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, November 10.


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RB Corp. Instruction announces audition

Posted on: 17/10/2018 1:45PM

The Hive 2019 Season AuditionsDancers who will be aged 9 to 21 as of April 1, 2019 are invited to audition this Sunday, October 21 for a project-based collective in Brisbane. RB Corp. Instruction's first original work, The Hive, is set to premiere in Brisbane in September 2019 and dancers are now being recruited.


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Rambert to audition male dancers in Sydney

Posted on: 16/10/2018 7:47AM

Rambert auditions male dancers in SydneyRambert, together with world-renowned choreographer Lloyd Newson, is looking for male dancers for the re-creation of DV8’s Enter Achilles. An open audition will be held this Sunday, October 21 in Sydney!


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Want to perform with Queensland Ballet?

Posted on: 15/10/2018 7:42AM

Queensland Ballet CompetitionQueensland Ballet is giving one lucky boy or girl the chance to appear in its production The Nutcracker at QPAC this December. Enter the Suncorp Wish Upon a Ballet Star competition now for your chance to win!


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Arts and disability a priority as AUS Council commits significant new funding

Posted on: 12/10/2018 12:18PM

Restless Dance Theatre dancerThe Australia Council has committed $750k over three years to support sustainable careers and to recognise the artistic excellence of artists with disability. Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski made the announcement last month at Meeting Place, the national forum on arts and disability, saying this was a priority.


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Royal Caribbean announces Audition Tour

Posted on: 11/10/2018 10:27PM

Cruise Auditions AustraliaThis month, Royal Caribbean Productions will tour Australia and visit New Zealand in search of dancers and singers with that “wow” factor. From October 18, cruise line officials will be auditioning performers in Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sydney and Wellington. Would you like to perform while travelling the world? This just might be your big break!


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EDC presents 'Everyday Requiem' soon

Posted on: 10/10/2018 8:01AM

Expressions Dance CompanyThe curtain goes up soon on Natalie Weir's final work as Artistic Director of Expressions Dance Company. EDC, one of Queensland's leading contemporary dance theatre companies, will perform alongside the community dancers from WaW Dance and the astounding acapella vocals by The Australian Voices.


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