Dance Academy

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Dance Academy
Series logo
GenreSerial drama
Teen drama
FormatLive action
Created bySamantha Strauss
Joanna Werner
StarringXenia Goodwin
Alicia Banit
Dena Kaplan
Issi Durant (Series 2)
Tom Green (Series 1–2)
Jordan Rodrigues
Thomas Lacey (Series 2)
Tim Pocock
Tara Morice
Opening theme"My Chance" by
The White Rhinos
Composer(s)Bryony Marks
Country of originAustralia
Language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes52 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Bernadette O'Mahony
Joanna Werner
Producer(s)Joanna Werner
CinematographyMartin McGrath
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time24–25 minutes
Production company(s)Werner Film Productions
ZDF Enterprises
ACTF
Broadcast
Original channelABC1, ABC3 (Australia)
ZDF (Germany)
Picture formatHDTV
Original run31 May 2010 (2010-05-31) – present
External links
Website
Production website
 
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Dance Academy
Series logo
GenreSerial drama
Teen drama
FormatLive action
Created bySamantha Strauss
Joanna Werner
StarringXenia Goodwin
Alicia Banit
Dena Kaplan
Issi Durant (Series 2)
Tom Green (Series 1–2)
Jordan Rodrigues
Thomas Lacey (Series 2)
Tim Pocock
Tara Morice
Opening theme"My Chance" by
The White Rhinos
Composer(s)Bryony Marks
Country of originAustralia
Language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes52 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Bernadette O'Mahony
Joanna Werner
Producer(s)Joanna Werner
CinematographyMartin McGrath
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time24–25 minutes
Production company(s)Werner Film Productions
ZDF Enterprises
ACTF
Broadcast
Original channelABC1, ABC3 (Australia)
ZDF (Germany)
Picture formatHDTV
Original run31 May 2010 (2010-05-31) – present
External links
Website
Production website

Dance Academy is an Australian teen-oriented television drama produced by Werner Film Productions in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and ZDF.[1] Series one premiered on 31 May 2010, and series two began airing on 12 March 2012.[2]

Contents

Plot

Dance Academy is told mainly from the perspective of Tara Webster, a new student at the National Academy of Dance. Throughout the series, she learns ballet, as well as contemporary and hip-hop dance, alongside fellow students Katrina Karamakov, Ethan Karamakov, Samuel Lieberman, Abigail Armstrong and Christian Reed.[3][4] Series two saw Tara return to the Academy for her second year with the hope of representing Australia in an international ballet competition, the Prix de Fonteyn. This series introduced characters Grace Whitney, Ben Tickle, and Saskia Duncan.[5][6][7] Series three will see the characters as seniors at the Academy, competing for a contract with the dance company.[8]

Production

Dance Academy is produced by Joanna Werner's film company Werner Films Productions in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Film New South Wales and ZDF for Germany.

Casting and filming

Series one

Casting for series one began in early 2009 in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. All cast members had to be skilled in drama and dancing and had to cope with Australia's best choreographers. Filming began on 13 July 2009 and wrapped in early November.[9] The series premiere was originally planned for mid-2010 on ABC3, however, like Dead Gorgeous the premiere was pushed to ABC1 on 31 May 2010 and ABC3 on 6 June 2010.[10] The first series premiered on Germany's ZDF on 26 September 2010.

Series two

Production of series two was officially green-lighted by ABC and ZDF on 2 July 2010.[5] Casting calls were issued on 14 September 2010, and principal photography in Sydney took place between 31 January and 4 August 2011. Series two premiered on ABC3 on 12 March 2012 and ran for 26 episodes, airing each week from Monday through to Thursday, ending on 24 April.[2][11][12]

Series three

Screen Australia approved investment funding for a third series on 5 December 2011. Filming began 27 August 2012 and the series is due to air mid 2013. [8]

Main cast

Six young actors in dance clothing.
The six main characters from series one
ActorCharacterSeries
Xenia GoodwinTara Webster1, 2, 3
Alicia BanitKatrina Karamakov1, 2, 3
Dena KaplanAbigail Armstrong1, 2, 3
Tom GreenSammy Lieberman1, 2
Jordan RodriguesChristian Reed1, 2, 3
Tim PocockEthan Karamakov1, 2
Tara MoriceLucy Raine1, 2, 3
Thomas LaceyBenjamin Tickle2, 3
Issi DurantGrace Whitney2, 3
Keiynan LonsdaleOllie Lloyd2, 3

Episodes

Multimedia

DVD releases

The Australian Broadcasting Company has released all 26 episodes from series one on DVD over four volumes and on The Complete First Series compilation, as well as the first six episodes of series two.

TitleRegion 4
release date
Episodes
Dance Academy
Learning to Fly
1 July 2010 (2010-07-01)[13]1. "Learning to Fly, Part 1", 2. "Week Zero", 3. "Behind Barres", 4. "Minefield", 5. "Real Men Don't Dance"
Dance Academy
Growing Pains
2 September 2010 (2010-09-02)[14]6. "Perfection", 7. "Crush Test Dummies", 8. "Growing Pains", 9. "Heartbeat", 10. "Through the Looking Glass", 11. "One Perfect Day", 12. "Pressure"
Dance Academy
Turning Pointe
2 September 2010 (2010-09-02)[15]13. "Family", 14. "Turning Pointes", 15. "My Life En Pointe", 16. "Free Falling", 17. "A Midsummer's Night's Dream", 18. "Betty Bunheads", 19. "Fairest and Best"
Dance Academy
Ballet Fever
7 October 2010 (2010-10-07)[16]20. "Ballet Fever", 21. "FOMO: Fear of Missing Out", 22. "Flight or Fight Response", 23. "BFF: Best Friends Forever", 24. "Heatwave", 25. "The Deep End", 26. "Learning to Fly, Part 2"
Dance Academy
The Complete First Series
2 December 2010 (2010-12-02)[17]All 26 episodes from series one.
Dance Academy
Raising the Barre
5 April 2012 (2012-04-05)[18]27. "In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated", 28. "Dreamlife", 29. "Faux Pas de Deux", 30. "Legends", 31. "Showcase", 32. "Like No One's Watching"
Dance Academy
Breaking Pointe
3 May 2012 (2012-05-03)[19]33. "A Choreographed Life", 34. "Connectivity", 35. "The Break", 36. "A Good Life", 37. "Self Sabotage", 38. "Breaking Pointe"
Dance Academy
Catch Me If I Fall
7 June 2012 (2012-06-07)[20]39. "Backstab", 40. "Rescue Mission", 41. "Moving On", 42. "Origins", 43. "Love and War", 44. "Catch Me If I Fall", 46. "The Nationals"
Dance Academy
Win or Lose
7 June 2012 (2012-06-07)[21]47. "Ladder Theory", 48. "Win or Lose", 49. "Love It or Fight It", 50. "The Prix De Fonteyn", 51. "The Second", 52. "The Red Shoes"

Books

ABC Books has released five paperback novels, each based on a particular episode and from the perspective of a single character. The books are published by ABC Books and HarperCollins Australia.

Awards

CeremonyAwardNomineeResult
2010 AWGIE AwardsChildren's Television: C Classification"Growing Pains" by Sarah LambertNominated[27]
2010 AWGIE AwardsChildren's Television: C Classification"Turning Pointes" by Greg WatersNominated[27]
2010 Australian Directors Guild AwardsBest Direction in a Television Children's Program"Behind Barres" by Jeffrey WalkerWon[28]
2010 AFI AwardsBest Direction in TelevisionJeffrey Walker for "Week Zero"Nominated[29]
2010 AFI AwardsBest Children's Television DramaDance AcademyNominated[29]
2011 Kidscreen AwardsBest Companion WebsiteDance AcademyWon[30]
2011 TV Week Logie AwardsMost Outstanding Children's ProgramDance AcademyWon[31]
2011 Seoul International Drama AwardsBest TV DramaDance AcademyNominated[32]
2011 International Emmy AwardsChildren and Young PeopleDance AcademyNominated[33]
2011 Asian Television AwardsBest Children's Programme"Learning to Fly, Part 2" by Samantha StraussNominated[34]
2011 Hugo Television AwardsChildren's SeriesDance Academy, Series 2Won[35]
2011 Banff World Media FestivalYouth Programs (13+) - Fiction"Week Zero" by Samantha StraussNominated[36]

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