DANCE NEWS


Australian Dance Awards Nominations Open

Posted on: 22/2/2012 4:13AM

Nominations are now open for the 2012 Australian Dance Awards. You can nominate a professional choreographer, dancer or company for an Australian Dance Award. Nominations close 29 February 2012.


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Global Dance Convention 2012

Posted on: 21/2/2012 9:48AM

Global Dance Convention, Australia's ultimate dance workshop, is back this April. GDC, offering the Australian dance community more classes than any other of its kind, brings five of the industry's elite teaching faculty from LA for one inspirational, motivational and educational weekend of high-energy dance classes at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.


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Ballet Theatre of Queensland Seeks new Artistic Director

Posted on: 17/2/2012 8:48AM

BTQ seeks to appoint an Artistic Director for its 2012/2013 season. The Artistic Director will be responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision and focus of the company. Applications close April 6.


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Broadway Dance Centre Invades Australia

Posted on: 17/2/2012 5:11AM

From Feb 22 BDC’s renowned theatre teacher Jim Conney and Director of Educational Programming Bonnie Erickson will be visiting the east coast for a series of workshops and information sessions. They will hold dance theatre classes, Q&A sessions and wine and cheese informational receptions.


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YAGP World's Largest Student Ballet Competition Final Events

Posted on: 15/2/2012 5:09AM

The world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition and festival – Youth America Grand Prix– will celebrate its 2012 season with three spectacular performances at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, NYC on April 26 to 28.


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Cirque du Soleil to bring OVO to Aus

Posted on: 11/2/2012 6:30AM

Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to return to Australia with its critically-acclaimed and family-friendly big top production OVO - an immersion into the teeming and energetic world of insects. The 2012-2013 national tour will include Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.


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Dance Teacher Web Unleashes New Website

Posted on: 10/2/2012 5:04AM

The all-new Dance Teacher Web.com offers more inspiration, ideas and help for dance teachers and studio owners. The top three new features are upgraded HD video players that you can play on full screen without stopping, new business tools that include forms, sample ads and teleseminars by industry professionals, and an advanced search option that helps you find what you need fast. 


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Rock the Ballet Australian Tour

Posted on: 10/2/2012 4:58AM

Having performed over 1000 shows during sell out seasons across the globe since its inception in 2007, Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet will return to Australia in May with its fusion of ballet technique combined with musical theatre, hip hop, martial arts, tap, contemporary, gymnastics and more.


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Applications Open for WA Contemporary Dance Initiative

Posted on: 9/2/2012 8:23AM

The Dance Board has committed $300,000 over three years to support contemporary dance in WA. In 2012 the Board is offering support via two categories of funding: Western Australia Contemporary Dance Initiative – Projects and Western Australian Contemporary Dance Initiative – Skills and Arts Development. This Initiative is open to WA based dance artists, companies and organisations.


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Dance Academy Season 2 Premieres in March

Posted on: 8/2/2012 10:05AM

The much anticipated Dance Academy Season 2 will premiere on March 12, 6:30pm on ABC3. Check out this video by the boys of Dance Academy.


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Australian Exclusive: National Ballet of China - The Peony Pavilion

Posted on: 7/2/2012 9:29AM

National Ballet of China will bring its greatest love story to Melbourne in March. The Peony Pavilion is a deeply romantic tale of the power of love over death that dates back to the Ming Dynasty. With magnificent sets, exquisite costumes and a full corps de ballet, The Peony Pavilion is a large-scale choreographic fusion of western classical ballet and traditional Chinese dance.


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Melbourne Dancer Receives Scholarship to Train in NYC

Posted on: 3/2/2012 12:43PM

17 year old Karli Dinardo, student of Todd Patrick of Patrick Studios Australia, has been offered a scholarship to train at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City. Karli will head to NYC this month to begin the 2yr Integrated Conservatory Program studying dance, acting and musical theatre. 


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PINA Dance Film Nominated for Oscar

Posted on: 24/1/2012 6:00PM

The exhilarating new 3D film, PINA, by German master Wim Wenders has already won several awards and has now been nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. PINA captures the brilliantly inventive dance world of legendary choreographer Pina Bausch.


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McDonald College Student the Face of Young Talent Time

Posted on: 23/1/2012 2:08PM

Adrien Nookadu, Year 10 student of The McDonald College, Sydney, has been chosen as the face of Network Ten's re-boot of the 80's hit show, Young Talent Time. Auditioning along with tens of thousands of other young Aussie hopefuls, Adrien has been chosen as a member of the Young Talent Time cast.


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New Creative Director for Melbourne Festival

Posted on: 20/1/2012 9:48AM

Josephine Ridge has been appointed as the incoming Creative Director of the Melbourne Festival. She will succeed Brett Sheehy, whose fourth and final Festival will be presented this October. Josephine Ridge is one of Australia's most experienced and internationally respected arts identities and is currently Executive Director and co-CEO of Sydney Festival.


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New Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) for Jason Winters Classical/Contemporary Course

Posted on: 19/1/2012 6:10AM

Students enrolled in the new full-time Jason Winters’ Classical/ Contemporary Course at Brent Street will now be eligible for the award of CUA50111 Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) in addition to the award of Certificate IV in Performing Arts (91508NSW). As a registered training organisation, Brent Street has been approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority to deliver the Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance).


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Dance and Say G'Day

Posted on: 18/1/2012 10:32AM

This Australia Day people from across the globe will become the nation’s newest citizens. The Australia Day Council of NSW wants Sydney’s huge dance community to join them in Sydney's Biggest Backyard to Say G'day to the newly-minted Aussies in a true-blue way. 


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Romeo & Juliet to tour Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

Posted on: 17/1/2012 6:21AM

Following its 2011 world premiere, Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet by the Australian Ballet is set to sweep audiences off their feet across Australia with seasons in Brisbane from 23 March, Adelaide from 25 May and Perth from 10 October. With his trademark dramatic style, Murphy has transformed the world’s most famous love story into something entirely new yet timeless.


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Farewell to Paul DeMasson

Posted on: 13/1/2012 3:39AM

Paul DeMasson, a former principal artist and ballet master with The Australian Ballet has died. He passed away yesterday after a short, aggressive illness. He was 57. Paul is survived by his wife, Sakura and will be greatly missed by the Australian and international arts community.


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So You Think You Can Dance Australia May Return!

Posted on: 9/1/2012 6:00PM

Dance Informa spoke with Nigel Lythgoe on the weekend about So You Think You Can Dance Australia's return...Will there finally be a Season 4?


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Never Did Me Any Harm at Sydney Theatre

Posted on: 8/1/2012 6:00PM

Described as ‘a play for anyone who has ever been a kid’, Never Did Me Any Harm has opened at Sydney Theatre Company. Drawing inspiration from Christos Tsiolkas’ best-selling novel The Slap, Force Majeure’s Artistic Director Kate Champion explores the diversity of attitudes to bringing up children in this dance theatre piece.


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So You Think You Can Dance US Auditions

Posted on: 6/1/2012 12:06PM

Dance Informa was at the opening day of auditions for SYTYCD Season 9 in Atlanta, USA today. Held at the historic Fox Theatre, hundreds of dancers braced the bitter cold for a chance to be named “America’s Favourite Dancer”. Some hopefuls shared that they had waited since 6pm the night before to secure a place at the front of the line!


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Audition Bootcamp for Kids

Posted on: 5/1/2012 3:09AM

Musical theatre is booming in Australia with more shows featuring children than ever before. Teacher of Audition Technique, Queenie van de Zandt is running a one-week intensive Audition Bootcamp in Sydney, to help children aged 7-15 stand out at musical theatre auditions.


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Perth's Fringe World kicks off on Australia Day

Posted on: 2/1/2012 6:00PM

Perth’s first full Fringe World Festival is set to explode from January 26 to February 19. Featuring over 150 plus shows, including eight dance works, brought to you by over 800 local and visiting artists from across the world of Fringe, the festival has a smorgasbord of entertainment on offer.


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Applications Open - Australia Council's Dance and Music Initiative 2012

Posted on: 19/12/2011 6:00PM

The Australia Council invites proposals for innovative, new dance and music works. Applications close 9 March 2012.


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Win a Private Workshop with Jason Coleman!

Posted on: 18/12/2011 6:00PM

Be part of one of the biggest and best Summer School Dance & Performance Experiences for 2012. The summer school dance program enables you to work with Industry professionals from all over the country in all dance styles. This is your last chance to book in and to be in the draw to WIN your very own private dance workshop with Jason Coleman himself. You and 10 of your best friends get to share an experience not to be forgotten!


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Sydney Theatre Awards Nominations Announced

Posted on: 18/12/2011 6:00PM

Nominations have been announced for the Sydney Theatre Awards for 2011, which will be presented at a gala ceremony on Monday January 16. Leading the list of nominations with seven nominations each are Belvoir’s The Dark Room and the musical Hairspray, followed by The Libertine and The Wild Duck each with five nominations, and Baal, Gross und Klein, Mary Poppins, Neighbourhood Watch and The Seagull with four nominations each.


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Applications Open for Queen Street Studio's Performing Arts Residency

Posted on: 14/12/2011 6:00PM

Queen Street Studio are putting the call out for performing artists to apply for their 2012 Performing Arts Residency Program which will provide ten successful applications with up to three weeks of free rehearsal or development space. The residency program aims to support artistic and professional development through a diversity of performance practises. It is open to both emerging and established professional artists (individuals or groups) from NSW.


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Circa @ Sydney Opera House - WIN TICKETS

Posted on: 11/12/2011 6:00PM

CIRCA astonished Sydney audiences in 2010 with their self titled work. This summer they return with a ‘white-hot, funny & sexy’ show, Wunderkammer, opening Jan 9. Our friends at Sydney Opera House have one double pass to Wunderkammer to giveaway to a lucky Dance Informa reader! Click 'Read more' for entry details.


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World Dance Movement Italy 2012

Posted on: 8/12/2011 6:00PM

Registration is now open for World Dance Movement Italy 2012 – the International Workshop. This revolutionary study-vacation workshop introduces dancers and educators from all continents to an International Faculty of talent, including Michèle Assaf, Bruno Collinet, Desmond Richardson, Stacey Tookey, Clarissa Mucci, Igal Perry, Jason Parsons and more. Enjoy training with dancers from over 24 countries. July 8-29, 2012.


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