DANCE NEWS


World Premiere by Lisa Griffiths & Craig Bary

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

Exploring the concept of soul mates and human connection, Side to One follows two individuals destined to connect. Attracted like magnets they are never static but constantly evolving. Last seen at the Space Theatre in Tanja Liedtke’s construct in 2009 the stunning Lisa Griffiths will be back to perform her own work. Craig Bary is known to dance audiences from his work with Australian Dance Theatre and Leigh Warren & Dancers. Side to One premieres in Adelaide at the Space Theatre, July 27-30.


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ADA Shortlist of Nominees Announced

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

The final nominees for this year’s Australian Dance Awards have been announced. Sydney Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, Expressions Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre stand shoulder to shoulder with multiple nominees. Presented by Ausdance in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), the dance industry’s premier national award event will be held in Queensland for the first time in its 14 year history in QPAC’s Playhouse on Sunday 24 July 2011. Dance Informa is the proud major media sponsor for the 2011 Australian Dance Awards.


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Nederlands Dans Theater Pre-Show Forum!

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

Don’t miss your chance to attend the Nederlands Dans Theater I Pre-show Forum on Friday 15 July in Melbourne. ONLY 100 TICKETS AVAILABLE AND THEY ARE SELLING FAST! Reserve your place now, Call 1300 182 183. Quote the promotion code INDUSTRY when booking. Offer ends 14 July.


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New Director for Sydney Festival

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

Sydney Festival has announced Lieven Bertels as the new Director for Sydney Festival 2013-15. Lieven Bertels is currently Artistic Coordinator for Holland Festival, the Netherlands’ oldest and largest annual arts festival. Bertels helped to re-establish the event as a leading presenter and producer of contemporary music, opera and non-western work. Support for Bertels comes from peers and artists alike.  Renowned festival and former Sydney Festival Director Brett Sheehy said, “Lieven is a terrific choice for Sydney Festival.  I have long-admired his work at Holland Festival and this is a very exciting appointment for Sydney.”


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MTL Auditions in Adelaide

Posted on: 25/5/2011 6:00PM

Adelaide's Move Through Life Dance Company is seeking three to four dancers to join the company until at least the end of 2011, with a view to performing in the September performance season, Illuminate 2011. MTL is a non-profit, project based dance company that provides a pathway for highly skilled adult dancers to continue dancing at a challenging and exciting level. Interested dancers are invited to attend a contemporary class and company session on Thursday 9 June.  For further information contact Artistic Director Jo McDonald at jo.mcdonald@movethroughlife.org.au


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Happy International Tap Dance Day!

Posted on: 24/5/2011 6:00PM

Today is International Tap Dance Day so get your tap shoes on and make some noise! May 25 was chosen for the date as it is the birthday of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, the Grandfather of Tap.


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Former winners to perform at McDonald’s Ballet Scholarship final

Posted on: 22/5/2011 6:00PM

Sydney Eisteddfod has annouced that Claudia Dean and Aaron Smyth will feature as guest artists at the 2011 McDonald’s Ballet Scholarships Final at Sydney Opera House on July 31. Since attracting attention at the 2008 McDonald’s Ballet Scholarships, these dancers have worked tirelessly to make their dreams come true. Aaron Smyth is currently dancing with American Ballet Theatre 2 and Claudia Dean has just graduated from The Royal Ballet School, London and will join the company in August.


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EDC Winter Dance Intensive

Posted on: 17/5/2011 6:00PM

Kick off the uggboots, unwrap your scarf, start stretching those muscles and get ready for a whole week of dancing from July 4-8. Expressions Dance Company’s Brisbane Contemporary Dance Intensive caters for everyone serious about dance – from 13 year olds through to experienced professionals. Now in its second year, EDC’s Contemporary Dance Intensive has already garnered a reputation as one of Australia’s top training programs, attracting participants from around the country. Applications close Wednesday 8 June 2011 and places are strictly limited so get in your application now! Check out the website for all the details www.expressionsdancecompany.org.au


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Australia's Best Dance Crew

Posted on: 15/5/2011 6:00PM

The Australian Dance Festival this September is a celebration of Australia's best in dance.  As part of the celebrations ADF will showcase Australia's best dance crews on Friday September 16 across all genres of dance. The unique competition will award prizes for the most entertaining dance crew, best choreographed dance crew and the dance crew displaying the best technical ability. The winner of each of these titles will receive $2,500 and a trophy.


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Phly Crew to represent Aus at Hip Hop International

Posted on: 14/5/2011 6:00PM

Phly Crew recently qualified to represent Australia in the upcoming Hip Hop International in Las Vegas this July. The enthusiastic James Barry (JB) and Neale Whittaker founded the unique hip hop crew when performing together at Luna Park Sydney. Recently Phly Crew has performed alongside many national and international artists and their choreography has earned them nationwide recognition.


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New investment in Australian artists

Posted on: 10/5/2011 6:00PM

The Australia Council for the Arts welcomes the budget announcement of $10 million in new funding for artists! The initiative will support artists across all artforms to deliver new artistic works, undertake fellowships and create additional presentations to Australian audiences over the next five years as part of the Government’s commitment to invest in a creative Australia.


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Google Celebrates Graham Birthday

Posted on: 9/5/2011 6:00PM

Search engine Google likes to get creative with its logo from time to time, and today, May 11th , is no exception. To honour the birthday of American modern dance legend Martha Graham, Google has re-created its logo as a dancing Martha Graham! What a tribute from one of the world’s most visited websites! To see it visit Google today www.google.com


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2011 Aus Choreographic Comp

Posted on: 8/5/2011 6:00PM

Dancers across Australia are looking forward to the 2011 Australia Choreographic Competition – as part of Spash!dance Festival in Geelong, Vic this July. Splash!dance includes a free Carnivale afternoon, a showcase performance of local dance schools, a variety of dance workshops for all ages and levels, and The National Choreographic Competition. Held on Saturday July 9, the competition has two categories and open is to secondary school students, tertiary students and adults with total prize money of $4500. Applications close May 27.


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Suga Pop @ MOD

Posted on: 6/5/2011 6:00PM

Suga Pop is a member of the world famous Electric Boogaloos and the legendary Rock Steady Crew. Choreography credits include Michael Jackson for Thriller and Beat It music videos, James Brown, LL Cool J, De La Soul and Lionel Richie. Suga Pop will be at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, North Melbourne on Friday May 13 for a special workshop. Having over 30 years of dance experience he is The Master of Hip Hop  - this workshop is not to be missed! For further information contact MOD on 03 9329 6770.


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Pearson Student Success @ Alana Haines

Posted on: 5/5/2011 6:00PM

Shayarne Matheson (18 yrs), Joel Woellner (16 yrs) and Elise Hart (18 yrs) all trained at Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, Sydney were prize and scholarship recipients at this year’s prestigious Alana Haines Australasian Awards held in Auckland, New Zealand. Shayarne Matheson was announced as the Supreme Award Winner receiving a bursary of NZ$11,000 and a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School. 16 year old Joel Woellner was awarded 1st Runner Up Supreme Awards B Group and received a week’s work experience scholarship with the Australian Ballet Company and Elise Hart was awarded 3rd Runner Up Supreme Awards B Group and two week’s work experience scholarship with the Hong Kong Ballet Company.


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Sarah Boulter Choreographs for SYTYCD UK

Posted on: 3/5/2011 6:00PM

One of Australia’s most renowned contemporary choreographers, Sarah Boulter, was just invited to choreograph two routines for SYTYCD UK for the Showcase Week and Top 20 week. She recreated "Man’s World” on the top 10 boys, who all found her choreography ‘extreme’, due to her signature athleticism. She then choreographed a routine to ‘Turning Tables’ by Adele which was called the best routine of the night! Sarah enjoyed the challenge and found the British team a pleasure to work with. “The biggest thrill for me was working alongside such world recognised choreographers such as Karen Bruce and Mandy Moore. Both were humble and amazing”, Sarah told Dance Informa.


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Aus Ballet Promotes 3 to Principal

Posted on: 2/5/2011 6:00PM

Andrew Killian, Amber Scott and Leanne Stojmenov step up
Audiences at the opening night of British Liaisons in Sydney experienced a triple treat last night. It was revealed that a trio of dancers from The Australian Ballet had been promoted to the most senior rank of principal artist. Artistic Director David McAllister made the surprise announcement onstage in front of a packed Opera House. Senior Artists Andrew Killian (31, from Melbourne), Amber Scott (28, from Brisbane) and Leanne Stojmenov (30, from Perth) were completely unaware of their impending promotions until the good news was announced.


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International Modern Dance Competition

Posted on: 1/5/2011 6:00PM

The 2nd Korea International Modern Dance Competition, organized by the Korea dance Association and approved by the UNESCO International Dance Council (UNESCO-CID), will take place from June 22- 28 in Seoul, Korea.  Registration is now open worldwide for male and female soloists aged 17-28. Dancers will compete for a grand prize of $7000 USD. Registrations close May 20.


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Australian Ballet’s leap into the digital age

Posted on: 28/4/2011 6:00PM

In an exciting first for The Australian Ballet, the company has teamed up with Principal Sponsor Telstra to present a live internet broadcast to ballet fans across the nation. Utilising the latest in digital technology, BigPond will live stream the final performance of Bodytorque.Muses at Sydney Theatre on Sunday 29 May at 3pm at http://bigpondvideo.com


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New Musicals Submissions Open

Posted on: 27/4/2011 6:00PM

New Musicals Australia, an initiative dedicated to the production of original Australian music theatre has announced that they are now accepting submissions for their second round of workshops. New Musicals Australia is encouraging writers and composers to make those final touches on scores and books. Submissions close on the 31st of May and all submissions are made via website www.newmusicals.com.au


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Dance Live WA

Posted on: 26/4/2011 6:00PM

The opening event for Dance Week this weekend, Sunday May 1.
Ausdance WA with Be Active, the City of Perth and the PPCA will present Dance Live, a two hour showcase of the finest West Australian dance talent at Forrest Centre Tavern and Reception Centre, Perth. Dance Live will present a mix of professional dance companies, dance studios, community and cultural dance groups from the metropolitan and regional areas of WA. There will be something for everybody at Dance Live, from ballet to break, contemporary to hip-hop, and Chinese dance to flamenco. Doors open at 2:00pm.


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World Largest Ballet Class

Posted on: 25/4/2011 6:00PM

Australia’s Queensland Ballet are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest ballet class. On Sunday, May 22 around 2000 dancers from across Australia will gather with Queensland Ballet dancers on the Kurilpa Bridge in South Brisbane for a 30 minute basic, but fun classical barre class starting promptly at 9:00am. Dancers of all ages and levels are registering to join in and help beat the current record of 1,055 participants set by Staatsoper Hannover in Germany last year. The World's Largest Ballet Class is a challenge organised by Queensland Ballet as part of its commitment to putting Brisbane on the international dance map. After the devastating floods that ravished the city in recent months, we hope that the event is a triumph for the city of Brisbane and the state of Queensland.


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Countdown to Cinderella

Posted on: 22/4/2011 6:00PM

World Premiere.
Jayne Smeulders' new Cinderella is set to premiere by WA Ballet in just over 2 weeks. The heartwarming fairytale is brought to life in an enchanting new production for the company. West Australian Ballet Leading Artist, Jayne Smeulders, will spin a tale of magic and delight in her first full-length choreography for the Company, whilst Allan Lees, designer of the spectacular 2010 production of Don Quixote, has created sumptuous new costumes and a beautifully restored and re-imagined set for this family ballet classic performed to Sergei Prokofiev’s evocative score. Performances run May 6-21 at His Majesty's Theatre.


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European Youth Dance Project – Register Now

Posted on: 14/4/2011 6:00PM

Les Ballets Persans presents the 8th season of the European Youth Dance Project (EYDP) this year. For the upcoming season, the project engages professional and semiprofessional male and female dancers, offering a complete program of performance production, repertory work and technical enhancement with focus on classical and neo-classical training, master classes and more. For the first time ever the project is going to stage performances outside Europe in Toronto, Canada during the 3rd Biennial Summer Festival of Tirgan in July. 
Are you a dancer between the age of 18 and 28 trained in classical and contemporary techniques who has completed your dance education? Deadline for spring (summer) season 2011 application is Friday May 8.


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Flow City Starts 2moro!

Posted on: 13/4/2011 6:00PM

Flow City Australian Dance Convention starts this Friday in Melbourne before visiting Adelaide, Sydney, the Gold Coast and Brisbane! If you're looking for fun, inspiration, fresh new moves and the chance to learn from the BEST- lookout for Flow City in your city this week.  Some classes have sold out, but there’s still a chance to get involved. Visit www.flowcity.com.au


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Win Scholarships to Dance in Italy!

Posted on: 12/4/2011 6:00PM

The Dance Off has partnered with World Dance Movement to bring you the World Dance Movement International Dance Off Competition! Dancers around the world can compete with each other through this innovative online portal for the chance to win scholarships to World Dance Movement Italy 2011 - a value of over $4,000! Simply upload a 1.5-2.5 minute performance before April 30, and you could win the chance to dance in Italy this summer with WDM's esteemed faculty.


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ABDC Features NZ Dance Crew!

Posted on: 10/4/2011 6:00PM

The new season of America’s Best Dance Crew has started in the States and for the first time ever the competition includes a team from outside the USA – and they’re from New Zealand! Right from the first episode Auckland’s all girl crew ReQuest have hit hard and wowed the judges. Currently riding high as the 2010-2011 World Hip Hop Dance Champions, Request is a crew to watch.


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GDC News: Alison Faulk - Supervising Choreographer for Britney Tour!

Posted on: 7/4/2011 6:00PM

Global Dance Convention faculty member Alison Faulk has a new role as Supervising Choreographer for the upcoming Britney Spears US tour. Alison, a versatile dancer, and teacher has made the smooth transition into choreography working with the likes of Miley Cyrus, Victoria Justice, Gina Katon and the award winning P!nk Funhouse Tour. Alison will be replaced at GDC this year by fellow Beat Freak and choreographer Teresa Espinosa.  Barry Youngblood, Gregg Russell, Gustavo Vargas, and newest faculty member Gina Starbuck will complete the team. GDC takes place at the Olympic Park Sports Centre, Sydney on April 16-17.


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Official message for World Dance Day

Posted on: 5/4/2011 6:00PM

April 29 2011
For the greater part of the history of mankind, dance took place outdoors. People would gather in forest glades, village squares, churchyards, or on threshing floors, to enjoy dancing for hours on end. Nowadays, dance mostly takes place in ballrooms, clubs, theatres, school halls, studios and discos. This year we propose making a step back towards nature by celebrating World Dance Day in open spaces: streets, squares, parks, stadiums, beaches, parking lots, clearings - anywhere under the sky. On this special day dedicated to dance, let us mark the difference by practising, teaching or performing for everyone to see.
Prof. Alkis Raftis, President of the International Dance Council CID, UNESCO, Paris


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APRIL/MAY EDITION OUT NOW!

Posted on: 3/4/2011 6:00PM

Check out the April Edition, out today!
Hear from SYTYCD star Timomatic Omaji, Tap Dog Jesse Rassmusen and Melbourne's contemporary king Paul Malek. There's a great feature article discussing Full Time Dance, as well as Pointe Shoe Advice for all our ballet readers. There's teacher tips and resources, news on the latest dance events, festivals and more. Make sure you sign up above to receive Dance Informa magazine in your inbox. Join Australia's largest dance readership today!


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