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"Dance Academy" is a serial drama about Australian teenage dancers. It is produced by Werner Film Productions in association with ZDF and the Australian Broadcast Company. The first part of the series aired in May 2010. In Series One, the story of the academy is narrated by new student Tara Webster. Throughout the first series, Tara and her fellow students at the National Academy of Dance, Katrina Karamakov, Ethan Karamakov, Samuel Lieberman, Abigail Armstrong and Christian Reed learn and practice various forms of dance.

The series begins with Tara, a farm girl from the Australian Outback, arriving in Sydney for her audition to the Academy. The opening episode of Series One is titled: "Learn to Fly", as in the series' concluding episode. Part One ends with Tara having confidence issues after recovering from an injury she suffered mid-season.

Series Two saw Tara trying to further develop her dance skills in the hopes of landing a part to represent her country in an international ballet production. Grace Whitney, Ben Tickle, and Saskia Duncan were added to the cast in this second installment. Tara struggles throughout her second year at the Academy, both personally and professionally, but in the concluding episode of the second season of "Dance Academy', she ultimately prevails, giving a stellar solo performance in the final show. Tara loses the competition to a fellow dancer that is going to leave the Academy and go professional. In Tara's voice-over in the final episode, she says it was never about winning for her but more for her love of dance.

Series Three is about Tara as a third-year dance student, her last year at the National Academy of Dance. She and her fellow students are now in competition for much-sought after contract with the company. The first two seasons of "Dance Academy" have been released world-wide on dvd and the series has been nominated and won many broadcast awards. ABC has released five short novels based on the plot of "Dance Academy" as well.

Friday 9:30 PM et/pt on TeenNick
2 Seasons, 52 Episodes
February 20, 2012
Drama, Family, Music
8.2/10
Cast: Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit, Dena Kaplan, Jordan Rodrigues
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Dance Academy Full Episode Guide

  • Abigail and Tara team up to confront a former friend; Christian is faced with a dilemma - be with the girl he loves or give in to his desire to escape.

  • Tara tries to get motivated to dance following a heartbreaking situation; Abigail focuses on an audition for a contemporary company tour.

  • Sammy decides to change up his Prix de Fonteyn solo one day before the start of the International Round, while Tara encounters a new-old nemesis in the girls' competition.

  • Ben tries to show off during rehearsals for 'Peter Pan' to prove to Tara that he's a leading man, while Kat's efforts to research her character in the production lead to a realisation about her relationship with Christian.

  • Grace vies for Zach's attention, leading her to fabricate a serious accusation; Christian is determined to bounce back from his Prix de Fonteyn elimination, no matter what it takes.

  • The Academy students experience prejudice from the judges during the National Round of the Prix de Fonteyn, just as Sammy's father witnesses his son dance for the first time in years.

  • Abigail struggles trying to find balance with her ballet schedule and her musical group.

  • Tara finally gets over Christain. She moves on and starts the hunt for a new crush.

  • Christain's dad makes promises he can't keep while on a trip to the circus. And Sammy decides to let everyone know about his new romance.

  • The drama between the First and Second Years results in a showdown to determine which year has the greatest talent, and Tara loses control when Grace tempts her to get less serious.

  • Christian tags along on a road trip with Sammy and Ollie in order to reconnect with his father.

  • As Tara negotiates her return to the Academy, Ethan's ongoing search for a job forces him to accept a position choreographing a fringe musical.

  • Whilst recovering from her broken back, Tara becomes acquainted with a hidden side to Ben who is volunteering in a hospital leukaemia ward performance; and Kat tries to settle into First Year.

  • Tara sacrifices her body and possible expulsion to compete in the Prix de Fonteyn Preliminary Round, and Kat is elated when she's readmitted into the Academy.

  • Tara gets hurt and stops her competition training. Kat asks for Abigail's help to get her back in the academy.

  • Grace tells Tara she needs to stand up to Saskia. Sammy gets a tutor.

  • Sammy goes to his grandfather's funeral, and he sees his father in a new light. Tara and Abigail get into a fight.

  • The girls get together for a ladies night while the guys enjoy male bonding time.

  • Christian intentionally misses an exam to spend time with Kat. Sammy's exhaustion put his grades in jeopardy, as well as Abigail's

  • Tara asks for a break from Christian to focus on her dance studies. Meanwhile, Grace becomes jealous of Abigail and Ethan's friendship.

  • Sammy's little brother Ari arrives at the Academy, creating chaos in Sammy's hectic schedule and Kat auditions to be a football cheerleader, highly encouraged by Ben. Meanwhile Tara feels insecure about her looks.

  • Showcase, a breakout event in the commercial dance calendar, is just around the corner. When Sebastian questions the impressiveness of Ethan's piece, a solo with Abigail, Ethan rushes to include a chorus of dancers, including Grace.

  • Tara is very excited and loves her new Second Year teacher.

  • Kat makes friends at her new school after choreographing a project for drama class. Meanwhile, Ben has a rough start to Second Year.

  • Saskia Duncan, the youngest principal dancer in the Company's history, takes Tara under her wing, but also fills her thoughts with concern.

  • The second season finds Tara returning to the Academy from a perfect summer holiday with her boyfriend Christian. On her arrival she discovers that the Prix de Fonteyn - a very prestigious ballet competition - will be hosted in Sydney.

  • It's time for the end of year performance of The Nutcracker, and Tara's poor performance has the director considering replacing her with Abigail. Is Tara really ready to take center stage?

  • Sammy enjoys his first close friendship with grateful roommate Christian, but a possible reconciliation with Tara is on his mind. While the city suffers from a heatwave, preparations for the annual public performance continue.

  • Christian anticipates his court date, but everything is disrupted when old loyalties force him to change his story. Kat attempts to stir Ethan's feelings for Tara so that he won't move overseas.

  • Christian's upcoming trial is threatened when Aaron decides to leave. Rather then depend on a recommendation from the academy, Christian calls his case hopeless and plans to enjoy his last week until a juvenile detention. Ethan can't bring himself to sign the 5-year National Ballet contract, which would suspend his choreographic ambitions.

  • Tara anticipates the removal of the plaster from her injury. Sammy and Abigail decide to step up their relationship on the night of the school formal.

  • Kat and Sammy are outraged to learn jazz and hip-hop are being removed from the curriculum for the first-years showcase. Tara's friends force her to take a timeout from ballet to relax and have fun.

  • When the Academy accepts athletes from an all-boys sports school, things get competitive between the dancers and the jocks. Tara discovers why Abigail hates her.

  • Tara is ostracized by her friends when photos of her kiss with Christian become public. Kat and Tara fight, and both girls learn an important lesson - friendship is more important than boys.

  • Kat decides to host a massive party since her parents missed it. Tara doesn't attend because her own insecurities. But worst of all, Abigail discovers a secret to make Tara's life more uncomfortable.

  • Petra sneaks a stray dog into Kat's room. Although the next semester has begun, Kat still has her mind elsewhere and is seen dating and kissing Lucus in public.

  • Tara returns from the holidays excited to have been awarded the first year scholarship. However, her excitement is quickly turned into disappointment when Kat leaves her standing alone outside a warehouse party the night before their first ballet class.

  • Following exams, families arrive to hear about results and to take their kids home for the holidays.

  • The pressure is on for everyone with exam week in both dance and academics. As Tara nears her first kiss with Ethan, she fears taking on his expert lips without practice. With Kate's encouragement, she makes Sammy her kissing-dummy.

  • Abigail's little sister visits and spends the day with Kat, Sammy and Abigail. Ethan is busy choreographing his piece with Dana Strong, his mentor. He asks Tara to dance for him in the piece. But how will it affect her?

  • Christian's friend Aaron reveals that Christian and he robbed a service station. Abigail gets caught stealing. Meanwhile, Sammy and Christian are without partners, and must partner up, leading to laughs and fun.

  • Mocking her friends' obsession with pop star Myles Kelly, Kat creates a video of herself dancing to one of his songs and posts it on the internet. She is speechless when his record company invites her to dance in Myles' next video, and even more so when sparks fly during the shoot.

  • Abigail tries to cope with her changing body. Sammy has to purchase a dance belt with Christian's help. Tara tries to get Ethan's attention by pretending she is dating Damien Lang.

  • Christian is reluctant to dance in Ethan's showcase, and eventually takes Ethan to the streets to show him some real hip-hop moves. Sammy reveals she has feelings for someone at the academy, and Tara and Kat try to figure out who it is.

  • Sammy finally gets a visit from his girlfriend; Kat and Ethan's mother (famous ballerina Natasha Willis) gives a guest lecture.

  • Sammy deliberates between his dancing, his religious commitments, and becoming a doctor which his father expects of him. Kat makes a realization about Christian and tells him.

  • The first years are given trust exercises; Tara is frustrated when Christian refuses to participate; Kat feels betrayed by Tara's secret crush on Ethan; Sammy is tied to Abigail for one day.

  • Christian is arrested for petty street gang-crime and has no where to go until academy director Kennedy arranges to save Christian from juvenile detention by assigning him to the dorm and appealing to coolest senior Ethan to be his mentor.

  • The audition results are sent in the mail and the winners head to the dorms at National Academy for their first semester. Sammy has to deal with her new roommate who seems a little sassy for her liking.

  • Country girl Tara Webster travels to Sydney to audition for the prestigious National Academy of Dance. During a tumultuous week, she realizes that pursuing her dream of becoming a dancer is going to be more difficult, and more humiliating, than she ever anticipated.

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