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'Valley' takes Sydneysiders to Arctic island

Posted on: 1/2/2018 8:00AM

FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres Presentation

On February 15–17, FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres in Parramatta will present two works, WILDEBEEST and Valley, by Israeli choreographer Omer Backley-Astrachan. Valley is set on a frozen and desolate Arctic island where a small society of four co-exist. WILDEBEEST examines the “artifice of social and gender behaviour” through a distillation of human interactions.


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Practice your Lindy Hop in Perth!

Posted on: 31/1/2018 6:35AM

A Swing Zing Thing instructorSwing Zing, a dance school in Perth teaching a range of dance styles, hosts its annual Lindy Hop and Solo Jazz Weekend this Friday-Sunday, February 2-4. The event offers a whole line-up of classes from international instructor Ryan Francois.


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Ausdance to hire National Director

Posted on: 30/1/2018 10:00AM

Australian Dance ExecutiveIn exciting news, Ausdance National recently received funding from the Australia Council Arts Projects program to support the creation of a new Ausdance National Executive Director position. Beginning this year, the executive director will work towards achieving outcomes that support identified sector priorities.


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Emilee Blake raises funds for YAGP

Posted on: 29/1/2018 9:05AM

Katherine Mantle Performing Arts Academy StudentDance Informa subscriber Emilee Blake is one of only two Australian classical ballet students to be selected from the video audition round to compete at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Finals in New York City in April 2018. Now Blake is raising funds for her costly travel related expenses, competition entry fees, accommodation, classes, coaching and pointe shoes as she prepares for the experience of a lifetime.


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Capezio holds Australia Day Weekend Sale

Posted on: 26/1/2018 7:50AM

Freeform Jazz ShoeHappy Australia Day! To celebrate, Capezio Australia is offering two special deals – first, 15% off dancewear and accessories (use code AU15), and second, 10% off footwear (use code AU10). Between the beach and the barbeque, Aussie dancers should be sure to shop this sale this weekend so they’re ready to start school back and return to the studio well equipped!


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Cuba’s Ballet Revolución returns to Oz

Posted on: 25/1/2018 9:22AM

Cuban dancers tour AustraliaBallet Revolución is set to bring its Cuban fire back to Australia this May! It’s national tour will visit Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and a Perth season is being planned as well. The popular Cuban dancers will be presenting a new production.


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Dancenorth receives funding for new show

Posted on: 24/1/2018 11:00AM

Brisbane contemporary danceA Queensland Government fund supporting vibrant arts and cultural experiences across the state has reached a major milestone with more than 200 exciting projects delivered off the back of over $6 million in investment. Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) was established by the Palaszczuk Government to help QLD artists and arts organisations. Dancenorth is among the newly supported projects.


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Phillip Adams BalletLab hosts Croatian artist

Posted on: 23/1/2018 11:00PM

Croatian dancer, choreographer and teacherFollowing its successful 2017 International Artist Residency with Jack Ferver, Phillip Adams BalletLab in Melbourne welcomes Croatian artist Bruno Isaković as its second International Artist-in-Residence for January and February. Isaković will present three performances of his solo work Denuded as part of the 2018 Midsumma Festival in February.


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EDC premieres four works in 'Converge'

Posted on: 22/1/2018 7:45AM

Converge by EDC AustraliaEmerging and established local and international choreographers take centre stage in Brisbane on March 10-17 when Expressions Dance Company (EDC) presents Converge. Stephanie Lake, Richard Causer and Jake McLarnon from Australia and Xu Yiming from China will build daring new works on EDC’s contemporary dancers and collaborate with composers from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.


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RAD launches 'Discovering Repertoire'

Posted on: 19/1/2018 7:05AM

Discovering RepertoireThe Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) has launched Discovering Repertoire, a new, classical ballet performance programme for students aged 12 upwards and adults of all ages. Drawing on some of the most famous and much-loved works from the classical ballet repertoire, students can study choreography from Coppélia, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and more.


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MCB holds Pointe Shoe Appeal

Posted on: 18/1/2018 7:25AM

Melbourne City BalletMelbourne City Ballet (MCB) launched its latest Pointe Shoe Appeal in early December. Generously supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1, the company announced that its appeal will see all donations matched dollar for dollar.


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Wild Hearts Youth Dance Co. holds auditions

Posted on: 17/1/2018 7:30AM

2018 Wild Hearts Youth Dance Co AuditionsAngela Hamilton, founder and director of the Sydney company Twisted Element, recently announced the second and final audition for her new youth company Wild Hearts. Set for Sunday, January 28, the auditions will be for dancers ages 12-17.


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Want to learn how to lead a Movement Choir?

Posted on: 16/1/2018 11:00PM

Dance Movement TherapistDance Movement Therapist, Choreographer, and Global Water Dances Founder Marylee Hardenbergh will soon lead a special workshop in Melbourne for dancers and dance movement therapists. Set for January 20 and 21, it will focus on “Dancing in Space, Dancing in Community.” Participants will learn how to direct a community-based performance or Movement Choir.


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QLD youth present 'The Little Mermaid' ballet

Posted on: 15/1/2018 11:00AM

Ballet Theatre of QueenslandBallet Theatre of Queensland, which celebrated its rich 80-year history in 2017, is now preparing to present the magical underwater world of The Little Mermaid. Set for January 17-20 at the QPAC Playhouse, the enchanting ballet based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale is choreographed by Artistic Director Timothy Brown.


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Australia takes the lead with Big Dance 2018

Posted on: 12/1/2018 8:05AM

Australian Big Dance EventThis year will see Australia take the lead role in the biennial Big Dance event, a global participatory dance festival. Launched by the Mayor of London in 2006, it’s a celebration of dance for all ages and all levels of ability.


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2018 VDF Gala Showcase set to astound

Posted on: 11/1/2018 8:00AM

Dance Gala Showcase Melbourne AustraliaThe 2018 Energetiks Victorian Dance Festival is swiftly approaching and the excitement is building for the Gala Showcase! On February 16, the Gala Showcase will ring in the 2018 festival event that’s bound to astound and impress!


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'Storytime Ballet' touring till end of month

Posted on: 10/1/2018 7:45AM

Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty The Australian Ballet’s Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty is in the midst of its national tour. An enchanting ballet experience for children aged 3 and up, this production kicked off its multi-city performance calendar at Arts Centre Melbourne on December 13. Since then it has performed at Sydney Opera House and The Concourse in Chatswood.


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Lauren Seymour leads workshop in Sydney

Posted on: 9/1/2018 8:30AM

Ecole Ballet and Dance Theatre in LindfieldLauren Seymour, well-known as the competitor voted Australia’s favourite dancer on Channel 10’s hit show So You Think You Can Dance, will soon host a Commercial Jazz and Contemporary Workshop at Ecole Ballet and Dance Theatre in Lindfield, NSW as part of its 2018 Summer School.


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Jessie McKinlay presents work in Adelaide

Posted on: 8/1/2018 9:00AM

LWDance Hub January 2018 Artist in ResidenceLWDance Hub in South Australia invites the general public to attend a special Choreographer's Showing on January 14. Jessie McKinlay, the organisation’s first 2018 Artist in Residence, will present the outcome of her two-week development of a new work entitled A Supposed Truth.


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Grey Panthers celebrate 30 years in 2018

Posted on: 5/1/2018 9:00AM

Tracks Dance Company DarwinThis year, Tracks Dance Company in Darwin, NT is celebrating 30 years of The Grey Panthers, a unique dance troupe made up of participants predominantly over the age of 60. In commemoration of the troupe’s three decades of artistic contributions, Tracks has created a 2018 Calendar filled with memorable photos.


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New Zealand Festival announces dance shows

Posted on: 4/1/2018 7:30AM

2018 New Zealand FestivalThe New Zealand Festival has announced its complete 2018 programming, with headliners including Michael Keegan-Dolan’s award-winning take on the ballet classic Swan Lake, Crystal Pite’s cutting-edge Betroffenheit, and Michael Parmenter’s brand-new dance opera OrphEus, presented with The New Zealand Dance Company.


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Hayes Theatre Co opens 'Darlinghurst Nights'

Posted on: 3/1/2018 8:00AM

Hayes Theatre Co SydneyThis month, Hayes Theatre Co in Sydney opens a new production from Helpmann Award-winning director Lee Lewis. Darlinghurst Nights is a classic Australian musical celebrating its 30th anniversary. It will take place on the streets around the theatre.


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Sydney hosts world’s largest ‘Grease’ show

Posted on: 2/1/2018 9:00AM

Grease Musical at Qudos Bank Arena SydneyWith over 500 performers on stage, Grease the Arena Experience is big in every sense of the word. Executive Producer Tim O’Connor recently announced a third and final show at Qudos Bank Arena at Sydney Olympic Park. Tickets are on sale now for Friday and Saturday, January 19 and 20.


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Applications to close for Bare Bones 2018

Posted on: 1/1/2018 8:00AM

The Farm dance theatre company on The Gold CoastThe Farm, recognised as The Gold Coast’s flagship dance theatre company, recently decided that as a special Christmas gift it would leave applications open for Bare Bones 2018 till January 4. Bare Bones is a workshop festival in which dancers and dancemakers come together to collaborate and create. It’s 2017 debut was a success and now The Farm is calling for artists to join its second edition.


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Audition Online for New York Dance Project!

Posted on: 30/12/2017 7:00AM

Ballet & Contemporary Summer Programs in NYC and ItalyIn 2018, New York Dance Project will offer Ballet and Contemporary Summer Programs in New York City as well as Florence, Italy! Dancers auditioning via video link or master class who register upon acceptance prior to January 1 will receive a 20% discount!


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Call Out for WA Choreographic Residency

Posted on: 29/12/2017 9:00AM

Choreographic Lab Residency 2018Ausdance WA is delivering a Choreographic Lab Residency, primarily for regionally based dance artists, from Thursday-Monday, May 24-28, 2018, in Denmark, Western Australia. Dancers in WA are invited to apply by mid-January.


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Rambert School to hold auditions in Australia

Posted on: 28/12/2017 12:00PM

The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in the U.K.The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in the U.K. will be visiting Australia in February 2018. It will be offering workshops and holding auditions for its Foundation/BA Degree in Ballet & Contemporary Dance.


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Israel Galván brings 'FLA.CO.MEN' to Adelaide

Posted on: 27/12/2017 3:35PM

FLA.CO.MEN for the 2018 Adelaide FestivalInternational Flamenco star Israel Galvan will bring his show FLA.CO.MEN to the 2018 Adelaide Festival. FLA.CO.MEN is a concerto for a dancer and six musicians – the customary guitars and machismo are there, but so is jazz and lyricism.


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FRINGE WORLD 2018 reveals dance shows

Posted on: 22/12/2017 10:00AM

MicroMove showcases Western Australia's dance communityPerth’s popular FRINGE WORLD Festival has revealed its dance and physical theatre programming for its 2018 Season, which will “shake off the borings” from 26 January through to 25 February.


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Summer Festival coming up at JCMOD

Posted on: 21/12/2017 6:30AM

Jason Coleman’s Ministry of DanceJason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance (JCMOD) will hold a summer dance program to start the fabulous year off. Festivals at JCMOD are the perfect school holiday activity to keep the children entertained and active. This 2018 Summer Festival will be offered at the Melbourne studios on January 15-19.


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