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Win Dance Print by Dwyer Design Co.

Posted on: 7/12/2011 6:00PM

Merry Christmas readers! Enter today to win! This artwork will add a splash of elegance and artistic-fun to your wall. The bold brushstrokes provoke a sense of movement in the painting and help the viewer experience the energy of the dancer. For entry details click 'Read more'.


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Launching Choreographic Opportunities

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

Expressions Dance Company’s Launch Pad, an intimate in-studio season of short duets, returns to Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art in February 2012. Launch Pad gives choreographers an opportunity to road test new ideas. The 2012 Launch Pad will feature choreographers Lisa Wilson, Claire Marshall and Gareth Belling.


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Terri Charlesworth wins prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted on: 29/11/2011 6:00PM

The West Australian Dance Awards has honoured Ms Terri Charlesworth of Terri Charlesworth Ballet Centre at the West Australian Dance Awards. Ms Charlesworth was a highly successful Australian ballet dancer and has been recognised and acclaimed nationally and internationally for her classical ballet training methods.


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Brent Street Summer Camp - Last Chance for Early Bird Rate!

Posted on: 26/11/2011 6:00PM

Book your place at the Brent Street Summer Camp 2012 - an intense week of dance, drama, singing and musical theatre for children and young adults (aged 8 -18 years) who want to hone their skills in the performing arts. With 2 weeks to choose from in January, students have the chance to experience the entertainment industry’s finest choreographers and teachers – first-hand. Hurry up and book your place before the beginning of December to enjoy the Early Bird Rate of only $450.  Phone 1300 013 708 or email info@brentstreet.com.au


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Christmas Must Haves for Dancers

Posted on: 16/11/2011 6:00PM

Need some inspiration for gift ideas this Christmas? Check out Dance Informa's Chistmas Gift Guide. Gifts perfect for the dancers and lovers of dance in your life.


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Australia's finest dancers and musicians unite for a one-off performance

Posted on: 13/11/2011 6:00PM

Internationally acclaimed chamber music trio Ensemble Liaison will combine with JACK Productions for a one-off Sydney performance of El Amor Brujo, featuring Principal Artists of The Australian Ballet, Rachel Rawlins and Andrew Killian, along with Marc Cassidy and Joseph Simons at the newly opened Concert Hall on The Concourse in Chatswood, 3pm on Sunday 27 November.


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The Merry Widow: a decadent tale of love, money and trickery

Posted on: 9/11/2011 6:00PM

The Merry Widow has opened in Sydney at the Opera House for 20 performances until November 28. After an absence of over ten years, Sir Robert Helpmann and Ronald Hynd’s effervescent production returns in 2011 in celebration of The Australian Ballet’s history. As the December season of Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet is already sold out, this is the last opportunity for many to see the company in action in 2011.


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National Ballet of China to bring its greatest love story to Melbourne

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

After their triumphant season in 2009 with Raise the Red Lantern, The National Ballet of China are returning to Melbourne in an Australian-exclusive season of one of China’s most famous classical love stories. Described as China’s Romeo and Juliet, The Peony Pavilion will be performed in the State Theatre, the Arts Centre Melbourne from 15 – 18 March 2012.


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Call for Presentations IADMS 22nd Annual Meeting

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

Presentations are invited for the 22nd Annual Meeting of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) on clinical dance medicine, dance medicine research, dance science, dance education, and general dance topics. The Annual Meeting will be held October 25-28, 2012 in Singapore, hosted by Paradigm Wellness.


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Melbourne Ballet Company Auditioning Dancers in New York

Posted on: 2/11/2011 6:00PM

For the first time ever the Melbourne Ballet Company will be holding auditions outside of Australia. Alisa Finney, Artistic Director, and Sharon Fernandez, Melbourne Ballet Company Principal dancer, will be in New York from January 1-19 taking guest classes and workshops as well as holding the audition. Contracts and Traineeships are available for highly trained classical and contemporary dancers.


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New AD in the house

Posted on: 26/10/2011 6:00PM

Dancehouse Melbourne has announced the appointment of a new artistic director, Angela Conquet. “I feel tremendously privileged and honoured to have been appointed Artistic Director of Dancehouse. After six years of working with independent dance artists in France, I am extremely happy to transfer my skills and experiences in order to continue David Tyndall’s fantastic work here”, Angela said.


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AUDITION 6TH NOVEMBER, 3PM

Posted on: 24/10/2011 6:00PM

Sydney's newest dance training studio will select 12 dancers for an elite, full time course in classical/contemporary. Evolved teaching techniques, outstanding results. Auditions on Sunday 6 November. Visit www.evolvedanceaustralia.com for more info and to register your interest.


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Australian Production of A Chorus Line

Posted on: 22/10/2011 6:00PM

An all-new Australian production of one the most successful American Broadway musicals of all time, A Chorus Line is coming to Adelaide and Melbourne for 2012. Direct from Broadway and a U.S Tour, this new Australian production is directed and re-staged by Baayork Lee, one of the original cast members and inspirations from the Tony Award® winning 1975 production.  


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Australian Youth Dance Festival 2012

Posted on: 18/10/2011 6:00PM

Ausdance NSW will present the Australian Youth Dance Festival 2012 at NAISDA, NSW next April. Choreographic sessions throughout the week will culminate in a site-specific dance work, with all AYDF 2012 dancers, directed by Rowan Marchingo. Dancers will also have the opportunity to work with Philip Channells, Vicki Van Hout, Kay Armstrong, and Lee Pemberton.


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Baryshnikov gives lifetime of archives to the NY Public Library

Posted on: 11/10/2011 6:00PM

One the world’s most loved dancers, Mikhail Baryshnikov, 63, has donated his personal recordings, photographs, documents, letters, scrapbooks and videotapes to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. With nearly 650 videotapes of Baryshnikov dancing, including footage of him as young as 11 dancing in Latvia where he was born, the Library now has a treasure trove that’s sure to draw dance scholars,  dance teachers, students and the general public.


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Fearless New Producers Deliver Opposing Works

Posted on: 9/10/2011 6:00PM

StageArt is the dynamic new production company created by passionate arts professionals Katherine Armstrong and Robbie Carmellotti. With large commercial producers presenting safe, proven shows, StageArt was formed to meet a need in current Australian theatre: the creation and promotion of new and original work. Both Armstrong and Carmellotti share a love of dance and talent for choreography, and this is evident in their inaugural season of not one but two new works, Mátalor and Grease 2: Live in Concert, which will play in concurrent seasons at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel. 


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Opportunity for Solo Dance Makers

Posted on: 3/10/2011 6:00PM

Sydney’s youMove Company in collaboration with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is offering five independent solo makers/performers the opportunity to make a new ten minute solo work with an original score. The 10 minute works will be presented in June 2012 as part of the Con’s concert series, as well as presented in a Western Sydney venue. Applications close Friday Oct 14.


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Eight dancers elevated at The Australian Ballet

Posted on: 1/10/2011 6:00PM

Eight dancers have been elevated at The Australian Ballet. Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, made the welcome announcement after wrapping up the sold-out season of Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet in Melbourne. Reiko Hombo will become a senior artist, Chengwu Guo will be made a soloist and Brett Chynoweth, John-Paul Idaszak, Ako Kondo, Brooke Lockett, Karen Nanasca and Sharni Spencer are moving up to the rank of coryphée.


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Project Y Present Gallery

Posted on: 27/9/2011 6:00PM

Project Y is set to present Gallery, the youth company’s 4th production of 2011 and it’s first installation event. 86 performers, 10 choreographers and a venue like Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance bring this new work to Melbourne audiences. Looking through the glass you see the gallery come to life, each new scene jumps out and will capture you imagination. October 2-4.


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An Officer & a Gentleman Cast Announced

Posted on: 25/9/2011 6:00PM

Producers John Frost and Sharleen Cooper Cohen have announced principal cast members for their upcoming production of the new musical An Officer and a Gentleman. The talented cast will be led by Ben Mingay, currently starring as Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys, and Amanda Harrison, star of the blockbuster musical Wicked. Based on the hugely successful Academy Award-winning film, this new production has been adapted for the stage by the original screen writer, Douglas Day Stewart and co-writer Sharleen Cooper Cohen, with music and lyrics by Kenny Hirsch and Robin Lerner.


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International Zouk Workshops

Posted on: 18/9/2011 6:00PM

For the first time in Perth, Juan Rando Dance Academy will present world renowned international instructors Magna Gopal, Renata Pecanha and their dance partners Tze and Jorge this weekend with workshops, performances and private lessons. For all you salsa and zouk lovers, this is definitely an opportunity not to be missed.


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Jersey Boys announces final performance

Posted on: 13/9/2011 6:00PM

Jersey Boys the Broadway hit, which opened September, 2010 at Sydney’s Theatre Royal will be one of the longest running musicals in the history of the venue, breaking the Theatre Royal’s weekly Box Office records as the highest grossing in the theatre’s history. Since opening in Melbourne in July 2009 over one million people have seen the show in both Melbourne and Sydney. The Sydney season will close on Sunday 18 December 2011 with Jersey Boys heading to New Zealand.


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Dance of Champions

Posted on: 31/8/2011 6:00PM

Twenty-one prize-winning dance troupes will compete for a total of $28,000 in prize money in the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Dance of Champions on Sunday September 11. Now in its fourth year, this spectacular dance- off will bring together performers of all ages in styles ranging from classical ballet to world dance, contemporary, jazz and hip hop at the Science Theatre, University of New South Wales.


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What Happened to So You Think You Can Dance Australia?

Posted on: 30/8/2011 6:00PM

At the recent US finale of So You Think You Can Dance, Dance Informa asked Nigel Lythgoe if SYTYCD Australia will ever come back. Click 'read more' to see his answer.


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Melbourne Circus Festival

Posted on: 28/8/2011 6:00PM

To celebrate ten exciting years as Australia’s leading professional training institution for circus artists, NICA, the National Institute of Circus Arts, has gathered together the most exceptional circus talent from across Australia and the stages of London, Rome, New York, Moscow and Paris, for the first ever Melbourne Circus Festival from 26 September to 2 October 2011.


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Love to dance?

Posted on: 22/8/2011 6:00PM

You could win a share of prizes worth over $8,500 in the Fiesta Dance Off Competition to celebrate Darling Harbour Fiesta this October 1-3. Think you can dance? Send in a video of your best Latin dance moves to go in the running to win.


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Spring Dance Stage Set!

Posted on: 17/8/2011 6:00PM

23 August – 4 September 2011

2011 will mark the third year of Sydney Opera House’s Spring Dance – Australia’s only international, contemporary dance festival. Curated by Wendy Martin, highlights of the festival will include a world premiere from Lloyd Newson’s UK-based company DV8, the first ever Sydney performance by Alain Platel’s acclaimed les ballets C de la B from Belgium and Spain’s avant-garde flamenco artist Israel Galvan who will perform in Australia for the first time.


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Introducing the Newcastle Ballet Theatre

Posted on: 16/8/2011 6:00PM

As Professional dancers and teachers in the United States for over a decade, Principals Kristy Tancred and Rider D Vierling are thrilled to be starting this new school. Commencing in 2012 NBT will be offering a wide range of classes for beginners, to pre-professionals and adults. Focusing on Classical Ballet, NBT will be the first school in NSW to teach the ACB Syllabus. The school will also be introducing a Full Time Dancers Course which is designed for the serious student. 


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Universal Studios Japan Auditions

Posted on: 10/8/2011 6:00PM

The Universal Studios Japan 2011 Audition Tour has begun! They are looking for face characters/actors, singers, dancers, stunt performers and even jet and water skiers!  For more details visit our Auditions section. Good luck performers!


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Brisbane Festival Feast of Dance

Posted on: 10/8/2011 6:00PM

This year has been a big year for Brisbane and will be a landmark year for Brisbane Festival. For three weeks Brisbane will welcome international and national artists to perform across the city and provide a platform for outstanding local talent to share their success. The dance programme is diverse and exciting, including performances by Queensland Ballet, Chunky Move, Leigh Warren & Dancers, Les ballets C de la B, Sydney Dance Company and BeijingDance/LDTX with Brisbane’s Expressions Dance Company.


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