Dance Academy

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  • 2012
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.1  (4,344)

"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.

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The Red Shoes
26. The Red Shoes
January 23, 2013
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.
The Second
25. The Second
January 23, 2013
Tara tries to get motivated to dance following a heartbreaking situation; Abigail focuses on an audition for a contemporary company tour.
The Prix De Fonteyn
24. The Prix De Fonteyn
January 16, 2013
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.
Love It Or Fight It
23. Love It Or Fight It
January 16, 2013
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.
Win Or Lose
22. Win Or Lose
January 16, 2013
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.
Ladder Theory
21. Ladder Theory
January 16, 2013
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.
Tick, Question Mark, Cross
20. Tick, Question Mark, Cross
January 9, 2013
Abigail struggles trying to find balance with her ballet schedule and her musical group.
The Naturals
19. The Naturals
January 9, 2013
Tara finally gets over Christain. She moves on and starts the hunt for a new crush.
Catch me if I Fall
18. Catch me if I Fall
January 9, 2013
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.
Love And War
17. Love And War
January 9, 2013
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.
Origins
16. Origins
December 26, 2012
Christian tags along on a road trip with Sammy and Ollie in order to reconnect with his father.
Moving On
15. Moving On
December 19, 2012
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.
Rescue Mission
14. Rescue Mission
December 19, 2012
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.
Backstab
13. Backstab
December 19, 2012
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.
Breaking Pointe
12. Breaking Pointe
December 12, 2012
Tara gets hurt and stops her competition training. Kat asks for Abigail's help to get her back in the academy.
Self Sabotage
11. Self Sabotage
December 12, 2012
Grace tells Tara she needs to stand up to Saskia. Sammy gets a tutor.
A Good Life
10. A Good Life
December 12, 2012
Sammy goes to his grandfather's funeral, and he sees his father in a new light. Tara and Abigail get into a fight.
The Break
9. The Break
December 12, 2012
The girls get together for a ladies night while the guys enjoy male bonding time.
Connectivity
8. Connectivity
December 12, 2012
Christian intentionally misses an exam to spend time with Kat. Sammy's exhaustion put his grades in jeopardy, as well as Abigail's
A Choreographed Life
7. A Choreographed Life
December 12, 2012
Tara asks for a break from Christian to focus on her dance studies. Meanwhile, Grace becomes jealous of Abigail and Ethan's friendship.
Like No One's Watching
6. Like No One's Watching
December 5, 2012
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
5. Showcase
December 5, 2012
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.
Legends
4. Legends
December 5, 2012
Tara is very excited and loves her new Second Year teacher.
Faux Pas de Deux
3. Faux Pas de Deux
 
Kat makes friends at her new school after choreographing a project for drama class. Meanwhile, Ben has a rough start to Second Year.
Dream Life
2. Dream Life
November 28, 2012
Saskia Duncan, the youngest principal dancer in the Company's history, takes Tara under her wing, but also fills her thoughts with concern.
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
1. In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
November 28, 2012
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.
Description

"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.

Dance Academy is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (52 episodes). The series first aired on February 20, 2012.

Where to Watch Dance Academy

Dance Academy is available for streaming on the TeenNick website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Dance Academy on demand at Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    February 20, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (4,344)