DANCE NEWS


'Project NEXT' back at Bull Creek

Posted on: 3/7/2018 10:21AM

Co3's Act-Belong-Commit Co Youth EnsembleA new generation of young dancers will take to the Perth stage in Project NEXT on July 6 and 7. Co3's Act-Belong-Commit Co:Youth Ensemble will reimagine Raewyn Hill's critically acclaimed THE ZONE from 2017.


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Sydney to enjoy a trifecta of musical hits

Posted on: 3/7/2018 7:20AM

Sydney Lyric Theatre 2019 SeasonA trifecta of musical theatre productions will premiere in Sydney over the next two years. The Kander and Ebb masterpiece Chicago will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in 2019; the worldwide hit musical Saturday Night Fever will open at the Capitol Theatre in 2019; and the Australian premiere of the Broadway smash hit Waitress will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in 2020.


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MCB to tour 'Madame Butterfly' nationally

Posted on: 29/6/2018 2:02PM

Melbourne City BalletLed by Artistic Director Michael Pappalardo, Melbourne City Ballet (MCB) will soon bring Madame Butterfly to theatres around the country. This romantic ballet will tour across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania beginning 4 July.


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Darwin to welcome EDC & Hong Kong troupe

Posted on: 28/6/2018 3:00PM

Expressions Dance CompanyAfter presenting this new programme at Queensland Performing Arts Centre recently, Expressions Dance Company (EDC) will soon bring its 4Seasons to Darwin! Called “a triumphant success” by Backstreet Brisbane4Seasons was inspired by nature and features 20 dancers from EDC and Hong Kong's City Contemporary Dance Company.


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The WAAPA Music Theatre Audition Masterclass is coming to town

Posted on: 27/6/2018 7:50AM

Musical Theatre Workshops in AustraliaThe Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University is one of the world's leading performance training institutions. Soon WAAPA's Coordinator of Music Theatre David King and Resident Director Crispin Taylor will hit the road for WAAPA’s annual Music Theatre Audition Masterclass Tour.


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La Scala Ballet's 'Le Corsaire' now in cinemas

Posted on: 26/6/2018 8:00AM

Anna-Marie Holmes productionAhead of its Brisbane tour this spring, Italy’s celebrated La Scala Ballet Company has taken to the Australian big screen. Cinemas nationwide are presenting a current-season performance of Le Corsaire, captured live from the La Scala stage.


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Get up close to WA Ballet with 'Genesis'

Posted on: 25/6/2018 12:00PM

West Australian Ballet 2018 SeasonThe West Australian Ballet brings back its Genesis program this week! And this season of Genesis promises to be bigger than ever with 13 new and energetic pieces! Audiences can see select company dancers release their creative flair and exceptional skill in this invigorating mini-season of short works.


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'Madiba The Musical' announces first cast

Posted on: 22/6/2018 7:05AM

Madiba The Musical Australian castThe creators of inspiring and energetic new stage show Madiba The Musical – A Celebration of the Life of Nelson Mandela have announced the cast members for the show’s upcoming Australian premiere, with the exception of the Nelson Mandela role. Popular Australian actor, dance extraordinaire and singer Tim Omaji, also known by stage name “Timomatic”, will play the role of Sam Onatou.


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Adelaide studio offers week of free classes

Posted on: 21/6/2018 5:38PM

Dance Studio in Stepney, South Australia In the spirit of sharing the love of dance and Pilates with the wider community, Stomping Ground Studios in Stepney, South Australia has announced its inaugural Open Week to be held at the end of June. During Open Week, members of the general public are invited to come along and try any of the 37 classes on the timetable for free.


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Helpmann Awards reveal 2018 nominations

Posted on: 20/6/2018 8:45AM

2018 Helpmann Award nominationsThe 2018 Helpmann Award nominations were released this week by Live Performance Australia at simultaneous events held in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. On the theatre scene, Muriel’s Wedding collected an impressive 11 nominations. On the dance scene, Bangarra Dance Theatre excelled, receiving nine nominations.


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Wilds Hearts to present 'Vaihtovirta'

Posted on: 19/6/2018 3:00PM

Wild Hearts Youth Dance CompanyWild Hearts Youth Dance Company will soon present its debut work, created during its first dance program, Project One - 360° Dance Work. Comprising 15 talented female dancers between the ages of 12 and 17, selected from across Sydney, Wild Hearts will catapult these young dancers out of their comfort zone and into the world of professional contemporary performance.


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IMMABEAST dance faculty coming to Sydney

Posted on: 18/6/2018 5:00PM

Janelle Ginestra and Wildabeast AdamsDance Editorial Productions, a former dance media platform that has shifted into producing dance events and courses, will soon offer an event called DEFY X BABE over the July holidays. Marketed as their “biggest event yet”, DEFY X BABE will be held at The Roundhouse, UNSW. The dance convention will feature Will "Wildabeast" Adams, Janelle Ginastra, "Jade Bug" and Nicole Kirkland of IMMABEAST.


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The Australian Ballet School & NICA team up

Posted on: 15/6/2018 4:05PM

NICA teams up with The Australian Ballet SchoolIn the first collaboration of its kind in Australian performance history, the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) and The Australian Ballet School (the ABS) have come together to present an electrifying innovative work combining ballet and circus, Le Sacré. The production is the premiere collaboration between the two organisations.


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NAISDA Dance College presents 'Messenger'

Posted on: 15/6/2018 8:00AM

NAISDA Dance CollegeThe critically acclaimed NAISDA Dance College celebrates the force of the female spirit with Messenger, its upcoming performance season at The Art House, Wyong from July 4-7. Australia’s leading performing arts training organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students presents a strictly limited season of captivating cultural and contemporary Indigenous dance for Central Coast audiences.


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Save on registration for Come Together!

Posted on: 14/6/2018 7:06AM

Australian Dance Teacher ConferenceCome Together Dance Convention returns July 14 and 15 to the fabulous Mantra on View in Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast. This convention provides dance teachers, studio owners and students with opportunities and tools to grow and learn from national and international leaders and guest speakers in dance education. Register now and save with the exclusive Dance Informa discount code, CTDCINFORMA10.


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Studio Flamenco presents 'Recuerdos'

Posted on: 13/6/2018 7:35AM

Recuerdos at Adelaide Cabaret Fringe FestivalDancers and choreographers Emma Fernée, Yasmine Amber, Susi Masi and rising young Australian flamenco talent Daniel Lyas with their company of dancers join forces with a band of accomplished musicians for a program of musical virtuosity and fiery dance on June 15 and 16 in Adelaide.


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Sydney Eisteddfod lists 2018 Ballet Judges

Posted on: 12/6/2018 10:30AM

Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship 2017 WinnerThis year, Margaret Illmann and Damian Smith, two great Australian dancers of international renown, will spend several days adjudicating the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship. Their work will begin on July 19 with the warm-up heats that open the program and run until July 23 when eight finalists emerge from the Semi-Final masterclass. When they return for the Ballet Scholarship Final on August 26 they'll be joined by guest adjudicators David McAllister AM and Li Cunxin.


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New Dance Education Summit launches

Posted on: 11/6/2018 8:05AM

The Dance Architect Choreographic Award and SummitThe Dance Architect Choreographic Award and Summit is the exciting new evolution of the Dance Architect programme in 2018 and will be a pinnacle event on the Australian and New Zealand dance calendar. The event will take place from October 1-5 at the Transit Dance Centre in Brunswick, Victoria.


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'Mao's Last Dancer' exhibit set for Melbourne

Posted on: 8/6/2018 7:15AM

Mao’s Last Dancer The Exhibition: A Portrait of Li CunxinMelbourne's Immigration Museum will open Mao’s Last Dancer The Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin on June 16. Exploring the incredible life of the internationally renowned ballet icon Li Cunxin, this exhibition promises to take viewers on an inspiring journey. Visitors will gain insight into his poverty-stricken childhood in rural China, his journey to become a renowned dancer, and his current life in Brisbane, where he's artistic director of Queensland Ballet.


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New show explores dancing with apparatuses

Posted on: 7/6/2018 8:00AM

'Above Ground' by FORM Dance ProjectsFrom June 21-23, FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres will present the double bill Above Ground, exploring the subtleties of above-ground movement with apparatus. It will feature the new work Cat’s Cradle from Australia’s celebrated physical theatre company, Legs On The Wall. It will also see Kathryn Puie bring her versatile physicality to the stage in Soft Prosthetics and Metal Godsa collaboration with artist Lux Eterna.


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STRUT Dance presents annual SHORT CUTS

Posted on: 6/6/2018 7:25AM

2018 SHORT CUTS seasonSTRUT Dance, the national centre for choreographic development, based in Perth, Western Australia, will soon present its annual SHORT CUTS season of new short contemporary dance works. From Thursday–Saturday, June 14–16, SHORT CUTS will showcase 14 new works across two programs.


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Tasdance searches for new artistic director

Posted on: 5/6/2018 9:00AM

Tasdance Makers' CompanyTasdance is searching for a bold new Artistic Director. The new Artistic Director will have the unprecedented opportunity for artistic leadership of the company through its next exciting phase as a “company of makers”.


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RAD celebrates all things WA

Posted on: 5/6/2018 7:20AM

Emilee BlakeThe Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) recently celebrated all things Western Australia with its annual Festival of Dance. The event, which spanned five days total, culminated in a Gala performance on the final evening on WA DAY. More than 400 young dancers competed for a range of awards, including three coveted and prestigious scholarships, at John Curtin College of the Arts.


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Ziegler Girls to tour Australia & NZ

Posted on: 2/6/2018 8:35AM

2018 Ziegler Girls Australian and New Zealand TourThe Ziegler Girls are heading to Australia and New Zealand for an all-new, up-close and personal experience with their fans. Maddie and Mackenzie, the girls that stole hearts when they starred in Dance Moms, will present a show that promises to get your heart pumping.


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JCMOD to hold auditions for 2019 entry

Posted on: 31/5/2018 12:00PM

Jason Coleman's Ministry of DanceAre you serious about pursing a career in the entertainment industry? Then be sure to look into Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in Melbourne! The dance training organisation offers renowned Full Time Courses that require students take 30 hours of classes per week in a variety of genres. Excitingly, JCMOD has now announced its auditions for dancers applying for 2019 entry to a full time course!


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Marrugeku to premiere 'Burrbgaja Yalirra'

Posted on: 31/5/2018 10:40AM

'Burrbgaja Yalirra' program by MarrugekuContemporary dance-theatre company Marrugeku will present the world premiere of Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards) on June 7-16 at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). From the creators of Gudirr Gudirr, Cut the Sky and Burning Daylight, Burrbgaja Yalirra is a triple bill of new solo works.


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U.K. artist to lead Inclusive Dance Workshop

Posted on: 30/5/2018 9:00AM

Inclusive Dance WorkshopIn collaboration with Ausdance NSW, Accessible Arts will soon present an Inclusive Approaches to Dance Movement Workshop. U.K. artist Vicky Malin is coming to Sydney and will lead the workshop at East Sydney Community Arts Centre on Thursday, June 7.


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QLD Ballet to tour 'Swan Lake' regionally

Posted on: 29/5/2018 9:00AM

Regional Queensland TourQueensland Ballet’s swans and cygnets will soon take wing across Queensland for the Swan Lake regional tour, running 20 June – 7 July. This production captivated audiences during its 2017 season in Brisbane, and will no doubt have hearts aflutter once again.


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WAAPA presents 'From Music Hall to Cabaret'

Posted on: 28/5/2018 8:00AM

WAAPA’s Classical Vocal programAcclaimed British vocal coach and WAAPA visiting artist Mary King invites Perth audiences to chase their cares away with a rousing concert celebrating the popular entertainment of music hall, café culture and cabaret. King is putting WAAPA’s Classical Vocal students through their paces to put on From Music Hall to Cabaret from May 31 - June 2.


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Leslie Bell to choreograph 'She Loves Me'

Posted on: 25/5/2018 8:05AM

Hayes Theatre Co SydneyLeslie Bell, a faculty member at ED5 International Full Time Performing Arts in North Strathfield, NSW, will choreograph Hayes Theatre Co’s delightful new romantic comedy, She Loves Me, playing later this year. Bell recently assisted on the Hayes’ musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


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