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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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

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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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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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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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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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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 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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