DANCE NEWS


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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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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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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Lucinda Dunn sets the barre with an Australian dance record

Posted on: 27/7/2011 6:00PM

Principal Artist Lucinda Dunn celebrates an impressive milestone today, notching up 20 consecutive years performing with The Australian Ballet. She now holds the record for the company’s longest serving ballerina, an extraordinary achievement.


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Open for The Australian Ballet

Posted on: 27/7/2011 6:00PM

Ready to be discovered?
Your amateur dance troupe could be the warm-up act for The Australian Ballet in Brisbane on Nov. 5. All styles welcome to audition. www.telstra.com/ballet

ENTRIES CLOSE SOON!


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2012 FULL TIME DANCE & AUDITIONS GUIDE!

Posted on: 19/7/2011 6:00PM

Want to take your dance training to the next level? Check out Dance Informa's 2012 FULL TIME DANCE & AUDITIONS GUIDE! Out now! Everything you need to know about the best dance courses and full time studios across Australia and New Zealand. Course details, audition dates and more!


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DANCE AWARDS - this weekend!

Posted on: 17/7/2011 6:00PM

Don't miss The Australian Dance Awards this weekend! Celebrating Australia's thriving dance industry the Awards ceremony will include performances by Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA), Dancenorth, Expressions Dance Company, Sue Peacock with Stefan Karlsson, Sydney Dance Company and Queensland Ballet. The Awards are held this Sunday July 24, at The Playhouse, QPAC. For tickets visit qpac.com.au.


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Victoria Salsa State Titles Set for August 26

Posted on: 13/7/2011 6:00PM

Who will represent Australia in the 2011 World Salsa Championships? Find out at the annual Victoria Salsa State Titles this August 26 at Colonial Hotel (Blights Bar). If you are a competitor or just enjoy the spectacle, colour and music of Salsa, then the Victorian and Australian Salsa Classic are the place to be.


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Dance Spot student wins $7,000 scholarship at McDonalds Sydney Eisteddfod

Posted on: 11/7/2011 6:00PM

Thirteen-year-old Montana Rubin has emerged as the 2011 winner of the $7,000 Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship. This event has been a highlight of the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod program since 1994.


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Raw Dance Full Time Auditions

Posted on: 10/7/2011 6:00PM

Raw Dance Full Time Professional Program focuses on developing the necessary skills within all students before they enter the professional dance industry. It also provides an opportunity for those already working in the industry to upgrade their skills and train further to increase their likelihood of employment. The first round of auditions starts Saturday 24 July!


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Nederlands Dans Theater I in Melbourne this week!

Posted on: 10/7/2011 6:00PM

The Arts Centre has scored an exclusive Australian season of contemporary dance featuring the legendary Nederlands Dans Theater I. After a 14 year absence, the doyennes of contemporary dance will showcase their distinctive style at the Arts Centre’s State Theatre with five performances this week from 13 – 17 July.


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2011 Helpmann Awards Nominees Announced

Posted on: 5/7/2011 6:00PM

The annual Helpmann Awards recognise distinguished artistic achievement and excellence in the many disciplines of Australia's vibrant live performance sectors, including musical theatre, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, dance and physical theatre. This year's lucky nominees have been announced...


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Registration open for 40th Prix de Lausanne

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

Created in 1973, the Prix de Lausanne is an international competition for young dancers aged 15 to 18. One of a kind, its prime objective is to discover, promote, and support talents among the world’s finest young dancers. Next year’s competition will run from January 29 to February 4 in Lausanne, Switzerland.


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Global Water Dances

Posted on: 23/6/2011 6:00PM

Dancing for Safe Water Everywhere - Global Water Dances is a world event planned for this Saturday, June 25. A 24 hour series of dances around the globe will be danced, centered around water issues. Beginning in the Western Pacific Rim, and encircling the globe, rolling westward through the time zones, the series of dances will also be broadcast online.  These dances will use dance and music to blend local water issues with the global struggle to ensure safe water for all human beings.


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Kick off your Sunday shoes!

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

Paramount’s much anticipated Footloose remake will be in cinemas this October! The 2011 version will star Kenny Wormald from Center Stage: Turn It Up as rug-cutting bad boy Ren - the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original. The basic story looks the same, although the dancing looks hotter, complete with a new version of the famous, high-flying warehouse dance scene. Professional dancer Wormald is sure to show up Bacon’s 80’s moves, although you can’t diss a cult classic.


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Ballerina Kirsty Martin retires from the stage

Posted on: 20/6/2011 6:00PM

One of Australia’s most brilliant ballerinas will prepare her pointe shoes for the very last time next month. After an illustrious 15-year career on stage, Principal Artist Kirsty Martin has announced that she will retire at the end of The Merry Widow season in Melbourne. Her last show in the title role will be Monday July 4. Kirsty joined The Australian Ballet in 1995. In 2000, she and fellow dancer and partner Damien Welch headed to Europe to dance with acclaimed Nederlands Dans Theater I. They returned to Australia and rejoined the company in 2002. Kirsty was promoted to Principal in 2003.


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11,500 Save Nederlands Dans Theater

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

At the beginning of May, Nederlands Dans Theater contacted dance professionals across the world with the petition ‘Keep Nederlands Dans Theater Alive’ after the company was threatened to have its government subsidy reduced by 40 to 50% and to be demoted to the status of a ‘regional’ company. More than 11,500 people in the Netherlands and abroad signed the petition and last Friday, June 10, it was announced that NDT will remain in the long-term national subsidy structure, as it is now, and will only receive a generic reduction in subsidy of approximately 5%. NDT is extremely pleased with the overwhelming support it received. The company now retains its international status and can continue to fulfill its important role in the dance industry.


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Kristina Chan to teach at ADT Winter Intensive

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

ADT have just announced that renowned contemporary dancer Kristina Chan (who danced in Birdbrain, HELD and Age of Unbeauty with ADT) will teach at this July’s Winter Intensive. Chan will join esteemed faculty Gabrielle Nankivell and Chris Aubrey. The ADT Winter Intensive allows dancers to experience the creative and physical challenge of being a full time contemporary dancer at Australian Dance Theatre, one of the country’s leading contemporary forces. 


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McDonald College Students Shine at Northern Beaches Eisteddfod

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

Congratulations to Georgia McCarthy, Holly Sheils and Jesse Kean of The McDonald College for their recent successes at the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod, which was held on Sunday 5 June. Georgia, of Year 9 at The McDonald College, took out the Vocal Championship of the Eisteddfod. "The College community wish her every success in the upcoming Gala Concert where championship winners of other genres also perform”, said Mr Michael McGregor, Head of Music at The McDonald College. Not to be outdone by Georgia, Holly Sheils and Jesse Kean, both Year 11 students of the College, will also perform at the Gala Concert which takes place on June 17 at Brookvale. Holly and Jesse’s lyrical duo “Bang, Bang” earned them a spot at the Gala final after they were awarded 1st place at the Eisteddfod.


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Balletlab Masterclass Choreography 2011

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

A week’s intensive studio-based program for emerging professional choreographers and dancers with Artistic Director, Phillip Adams and renowned choreographer Rebecca Hilton. A creative forum to explore choreographic and improvisational practices as a basis towards new work development.  4 – 8 July. Expressions of Interest Due by Friday 17th June.


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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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Broadway's Tony Awards 2011

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

Last night the 65th annual Tony Awards were held at the Beacon Theatre, New York City. The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards celebrate excellence in the theatre.  “The Book of Mormon” took top honors winning the Tony Award for best musical as well as eight others.  British import “War Horse” won best new play of the 2010-11 season.  Norbert Leo Butz was named best actor in a musical for his performance in “Catch Me if You Can” and Sutton Foster received her second Tony for best actress in a musical, for her portrayal of Reno Sweeney in the revival of “Anything Goes.”


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