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'Banjo' launches Australian Tour soon

Posted on: 11/3/2019 9:19AM

Banjo Australian Tour 2019Last August, a new production entitled Banjo premiered at Glasshouse's Ross Family Studio in Australia, as choreographed by Stephanie Maddren and Darren McIntyre. Presented by Got Ya Back Productions, this mash-up of contemporary dance, Coldplay music and the spoken word of Banjo Paterson will now go on tour throughout NSW.


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Eurotard celebrates Women’s Day

Posted on: 8/3/2019 8:00AM

Eurotard International Women's Day 2019Eurotard Dancewear, a beloved leader in dance fashion and attire, is celebrating International Women’s Day 2019! The brand supports women every day with it’s clothing, shoes and accessories selections. However, today it presses pause to really spotlight the strength and unique beauty of women around the industry.


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Murmuration produces 'Return to the River'

Posted on: 7/3/2019 7:52AM

Murmuration produces Angela French workReturn to The River, a new performance work by regional artist Angela French, is being produced by Murmuration soon. The Arts Centre Cootamundra (TACC) will present three performances on March 15 and 16 in The Tin Shed Theatre.


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EDC to tour 'The Dinner Party' nationally

Posted on: 6/3/2019 8:05AM

Expressions Dance CompanyIn Expressions Dance Company’s The Dinner Party, an elegant supper hosted by an influential young man for his manipulative guests is thrown into turmoil when power meets greed, ambition and jealousy. Choreographed by Natalie Weir, The Dinner Party (formerly titled The Host) opens in Brisbane on May 10-18 before touring till June in QLD, NSW and NT.


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Plan your Dance Massive masterclasses

Posted on: 5/3/2019 8:00AM

Burrbgaja Yalirra in 2017Melbourne dancers have the opportunity to expand their dance practice by getting up close with some of Australia's best dance practitioners at Dance Massive this month. Artists can learn from James Batchelor, Marrugeku, Kristina Chan, Lucy Guerin Inc and Thomas E.S. Kelly as they share processes of making work while exploring improvisation, choreography, research and intercultural practice.


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WAAPA takes 'Romeo & Juliet' to State Theatre

Posted on: 4/3/2019 9:00AM

Michael Jenn productionIn an exciting start to its 2019 performance program, WAAPA is taking its first play for the year to the State Theatre Centre of WA. Directed by visiting British guest artist Michael Jenn, WAAPA’s 3rd Year Acting students will perform William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet in the Studio Underground on March 15-21.


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Garuda offers Teachers Training soon

Posted on: 2/3/2019 9:00AM

The Garuda MethodFor dance professionals looking to diversify their skillset, there is a new opportunity next month to certify as a Garuda teacher in Australia with Garuda Founder James D’Silva, who’s coming especially from London, and Master Trainer Anna Tetlow, responsible for national Garuda Teacher Training. The 2019 Garuda Teacher Training Qualifications and Professional Development Workshops will be held in Melbourne from April 5-22.


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Norwegian Cruise Line seeks Aussie talent

Posted on: 1/3/2019 7:10AM

Norwegian Cruise LineOfficials from Norwegian Cruise Line are in Australia ready to cast dancers and musical theatre actors for the latest productions! Sydney auditions start on March 6 at Village Nation in Alexandria while the Melbourne auditions are set to start March 12 at Patrick Studios Australia in Prahran.


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Travis Wall to hold audition at VDF

Posted on: 28/2/2019 6:55AM

Victorian Dance FestivalWith much anticipation, Travis Wall is returning to Australia in April for the hugely popular Victorian Dance Festival. This year the Festival promises to be bigger and bolder, with a new larger location at Batman Royale. It’ll include four dance halls, an outdoor dance market and two full days of workshops with leading choreographers from across Australia and the world. One of those inspiring creatives is Travis Wall, and this year he'll not only teach, but he'll also hold an audition for his company, Shaping Sound.


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Lion Heart Dance Co. premieres two works

Posted on: 27/2/2019 7:06AM

Still Frame at Chapel off ChapelLion Heart Dance Company is preparing to unveil its latest offering in Melbourne on March 14 - 17. Established in 2015, the company has produced a number of local shows, including Table of Eight, Fabricated, The Scarlet Trace and ENVISION as well as the innovative Inhabit Dance FestivalStill Frame will feature two separate works by Benjamin Curé and Debbie Keenan.


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Australian Ballet School Founder passes away

Posted on: 26/2/2019 8:45AM

The Australian Ballet SchoolThe Australian Ballet School has announced that its Founding Director, Dame Margaret Scott AC DBE, has passed away. Director Lisa Pavane described Scott as a indomitable and passionate pioneer who made an extraordinary contribution to ballet, dance education and cultural life in Australia.


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Restless to premiere Meryl Tankard work

Posted on: 22/2/2019 6:30AM

Restless Dance TheatreAustralia’s leading dance company working with young disabled and non-disabled people will soon premiere a new work directed by Australian dance icon Meryl Tankard. Restless Dance Theatre in South Australia returns to the Adelaide Festival next month to unveil Zizanie in the Space Theatre.


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March Dance festival arrives on Sydney scene

Posted on: 21/2/2019 7:00AM

Sydney Independent DanceTaking place for the first time in 2019, March Dance will bring together the diversity of ongoing independent dance practice in Sydney; opening activities to a wide audience. An initiative of Critical Path, DirtyFeet and ReadyMade Works (which make up the Independent Dance Alliance), March Dance will reportedly feature 50+ dance events in 31 days.


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QLD Ballet takes next step in growth

Posted on: 20/2/2019 8:09AM

QLD Ballet's new temporary homeThe Queensland Ballet recently took a huge leap in its journey of growth as it officially moved to new temporary premises to allow the beginning of a multi-million dollar redevelopment of the company’s home at the Thomas Dixon Centre in Brisbane, West End.


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DirtyFeet invites choreographers to apply

Posted on: 19/2/2019 7:00AM

Sydney Choreographic ProgramChoreographers, applications for DirtyFeet’s 2019 Choreographic Lab Program are now open! This program includes two weeks of studio space at ReadyMade Works, a NSW-based mentor, professional photographic documentation, administration and management support.


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Canberra teachers receive prestigious award

Posted on: 18/2/2019 8:00AM

Lisa Clarke, Luke Rittner, Bronwyn Watkins and Kim HarveyTwo Canberra-based ballet teachers registered with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) recently received one of the highest forms of recognition the dance education organisation can bestow – a President’s Award. Lisa Clarke and Kim Harvey are both founding members of RAD’s voluntary Regional Advisory Panel in ACT and Riverina.


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36th Annual Green Room Awards

Posted on: 15/2/2019 10:45PM

Victorian performing arts sectorA highlight on the Melbourne arts calendar, the annual Green Room Awards is a joyous celebration of local arts and artists. This year their achievements will be applauded at the iconic Comedy Theatre on April 1. Anni Davey and Maude Davey will host the ceremony, which will be jam-packed with live performances.


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'Fantasm – 1001 Nights' coming to Sydney

Posted on: 14/2/2019 10:15PM

Jillina CarlanoThis March, an enchanting “magic carpet ride” of Scheherazade’s ancient tales about the adventures of Sinbad will be told in Sydney through Middle Eastern and contemporary folkloric dance. A one-off international spectacular called Fantasm – 1001 Nights will land at the Concourse, Chatswood on Saturday, March 9.


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Meet Sydney Dance Co.’s PPY19 Dancers!

Posted on: 13/2/2019 8:00AM

Sydney Dance Company PPY19 DancersSydney Dance Company recently announced the aspiring young Australian and New Zealand dancers selected to take part in its acclaimed Pre-Professional Year (PPY) program. The dancers commenced their studies at SDC’s brand-new, state-of-the-art studios in Ultimo this month.


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Starpower leads Ultimate Dance Workshops!

Posted on: 12/2/2019 8:15AM

Gold Coast and Sydney Dance Workshops

Gold Coast and Sydney, get ready! Starpower International is bringing its Ultimate Dance Workshop to you! It’s one-day event focuses on classes, not competition. This season’s faculty includes Jill Wolins, Frankie “FJ” Zulferino, Alex Prushinski, Nicole Wells, Wyatt Rocker and Shannon Atkins.


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ADT celebrates 20 years of Garry Stewart

Posted on: 11/2/2019 7:45AM

Australian Dance Theatre 2019 SeasonAustralian Dance Theatre (ADT) is planning a huge celebration to acknowledge the 20th anniversary of its world-acclaimed Artistic Director. Garry Stewart joined ADT in 1999 and in his two decades at the helm, has overseen a remarkable period of growth at the nation’s oldest contemporary dance company, cementing its position on the world stage.


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Join QB Junior Friends on Tour!

Posted on: 8/2/2019 8:00AM

Queensland Ballet Kid ClassesDo you know a ballet fan aged 2 – 17? Then tell them it’s now the perfect time to join QB Junior Friends to make the most of the year-round member benefits. The 2019 events will kick off with Classes with Ambassadors in Toowoomba and Sunshine Coast, and House Parties in Brisbane, Cairns and Rockhampton.


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Get a taste of Twisted Element’s 'R I T U A L'

Posted on: 7/2/2019 7:25AM

R I T U A LAngela Hamilton's Twisted Element in Sydney will soon present its current work-in-progress at a teaser event at 107 Projects in Redfern, NSW. The immersive dance theatre show R I T U A L will be previewed on February 22 and 23.


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'Frozen' coming to Australia in 2020

Posted on: 6/2/2019 7:30AM

Australian Frozen ShowDisney’s musical version of the smash-hit 2013 animated film Frozen will have its Australian premiere next year. The Broadway musical will open at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in July 2020. It'll be the musical’s first international production.


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Australian Ballet postpones 'Happy Prince'

Posted on: 5/2/2019 5:55AM

The Australian Ballet 2019 SeasonUnexpectedly, The Australian Ballet’s 2019 Season Premiere Production has been postponed till 2020. Choreographer Graeme Murphy was set to finalize the brand-new show The Happy Prince but due to health issues, he is now unable to complete the work in time.


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Winners of the 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards

Posted on: 4/2/2019 10:58PM

Australian Musical Theatre CeremonyAt a star-studded ceremony in January, the winners of the 2018 Sydney Theatre Awards were announced, with 34 awards presented, shared between 16 productions that played in Sydney during the calendar year of 2018. Over 450 members of the Sydney theatre community packed the York Theatre at the Seymour Centre to celebrate.


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Co3 announces 2019 Season

Posted on: 1/2/2019 7:30AM

Western Australia’s flagship contemporary dance companyWestern Australia’s flagship contemporary dance company Co3 will present three world premiere works in 2019. The resident company at the State Theatre Centre, Co3 officially announced its season, which will feature new collaborations, performance locations and a profound local story of racial segregation.


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Claire Edwardes and Richard Cilli unite

Posted on: 31/1/2019 8:10AM

Recital at Riverside Theatres 2019Three time APRA Art Music Award-winning percussionist Claire Edwardes and Helpmann Award-winning dancer Richard Cilli will unite in the hauntingly hypnotic dance and music work Recital at Riverside Theatres from 28 February to 2 March.


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More boys take up dance thanks to RAD

Posted on: 30/1/2019 8:50AM

Royal Academy of Dance AustraliaIn 2017 the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Australia launched Project B – a range of initiatives to widen access to dance for boys and male identifying students to encourage more to take up ballet. This initiative is one of a few in celebration of the RAD’s upcoming centenary in 2020, which aims to bring dance to more people in more places globally. Ranging from summer workshops for all ages, to beginners class for 7 year olds, to masterclasses for advanced students, and pop-up performances - Project B has delivered young male dancers the opportunity to embrace their dance passion and celebrate it with their peers.


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Tim Harbour working with Louisville Ballet

Posted on: 30/1/2019 7:40AM

Tim Harbour ChoreographyDoes technology bring us closer together or further isolate us? This question will be considered in a new program of works by Louisville Ballet, the official ballet company for the state of Kentucky, USA. Choreographers’ Showcase tackles how technology shapes the human experience with never-before-seen choreography in collaboration with Kentucky College of Art + Design. On the program is a new work by Australian choreographer Tim Harbour.


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