Dance Academy

6:30pm – Monday, April 23 on ABC3

Ep 25: The Second – Monday, April 23 at 6.30pm After a sudden tragedy, the Academy students must find a way to come together and help each other out in this time of darkness. Tara (Xenia Goodwin) is struggling to find her motivation as a dancer; and Abigail (Dena Kaplan) attempts to block her grief by immersing herself in a prestigious audition for a contemporary company tour.

Ep 26: The Red Shoes – Tuesday, April 24 at 6.30pm Abigail and Tara join forces to go head-to-head with a formidable enemy; Christian (Jordan Rodrigues) has to choose between being with the girl he loves and his desire to escape; and Ben (Thomas Lacey) is offered an opportunity of a lifetime, but will he take it…?

6:30pm – Monday, April 16 on ABC3

Ep 21: Ladder Theory – Monday, April 16 at 6.30pm The Academy students are stung by the prejudice from the judges during the National round of the Prix de Fonteyn; Ben (Thomas Lacey) attempts to out-psyche Christian (Jordan Rodrigues); and Sammy’s (Tom Green) anxiety about his dancing and his relationship with Ollie (Keiynan Lonsdale) collide when he discovers his father, David (Tony Cogin), is attending the Prix to watch him dance.

Ep 22: Win or Lose – Tuesday, April 17 at 6.30pm When Grace’s (Issi Durant) father retracts a promise to visit her at the Academy, her self-assurance spirals and she desperately attempts to get attention from her teacher Zach (Kip Gamblin); and Christian’s resolve to bounce back from his Prix de Fonteyn elimination drives him towards some reckless behaviour.

Ep 23: Love It Or Fight It – Wednesday, April 18 at 6.30pm In rehearsals for the Academy production of Peter Pan Ben tries a variety of tactics to prove to Tara (Xenia Goodwin) that he’s a leading man; while Kat’s (Alicia Banit) efforts to research her character in the same production lead to a realisation about her relationship with Christian.

Ep 24: The Prix de Fonteyn – Thursday, April 19 at 6.30pm The Prix de Fonteyn is only two days away. Tara is stunned to discover Grace has returned to Sydney as a representative of the UK Prix team; Christian finally admits to himself that he’s not over Tara and the students’ lives are changed forever when a tragedy strikes the Academy…

6:30pm – Monday, April 9 on ABC3

Ep 17: Love And War – Monday, April 9 at 6.30pm The rivalry is escalating between the first and second year students resulting in a showdown to determine which year is the most talented; and Tara (Xenia Goodwin) becomes unhinged when Grace (Issi Durant) entices her to become less serious.

Ep 18: Catch Me If I Fall – Tuesday, April 10 at 6.30pm During an excursion to the circus Christian’s (Jordan Rodrigues) dad, Raf (Jason Chong), makes promises he’s unable to keep; Tara tries to repair her friendship with Kat (Alicia Banit) and Sammy goes public with his new romance.

Ep 19: The Nationals – Wednesday, April 11 at 6.30pm Tara opens herself up to love again and hunts for a new crush, while the director of the fringe musical, Finn (Julian Curtis), tries to convince Abigail (Dena Kaplan) to be the star of his new show, and Grace goes to extreme lengths to get Zach’s (Kip Gamblin) attention.

Ep 20: Tick, Question Mark, Cross – Thursday, April 12 at 6.30pm Abigail’s best efforts to balance her ballet commitments with the fringe musical unravel when she’s forced to make a choice between the two. Her situation intensifies when her mother, Anthea (Sacha Horler) unexpectedly arrives. Meanwhile, Sammy tires of Ollie’s (Keiynan Lonsdale) persistent criticism.

6:30pm – Monday, March 26 on ABC3

Episode 9: The Break – Monday, March 26 at 6.30pm With exams finally over, and with one night of freedom, both the boys and girls go on a mission to prove they’ll have more fun without each other. However, Sammy (Tom Green) is tense after failing his exams, Tara’s (Xenia Goodwin) still hurting from her breakup with Christian (Jordan Rodrigues) and Grace (Issi Durant) decides to stir up trouble when she discovers Kat’s (Alicia Banit) secret.

Episode 10: A Good Life – Tuesday, March 27 at 6.30pm Sammy returns home for his Grandpa Morrie’s funeral and to ask his father to support his Academy tuition. An act of sabotage severs frenemies Tara and Abigail (Dena Kaplan); and Kat attempts to escape her feelings for Christian and auditions for the Moulin Rouge.

Episode 11: Self Sabotage – Wednesday, March 28 at 6.30pm Grace encourages Tara to take action against Saskia’s (Brooke Harman) spiteful treatment of her; Kat commences training for the Moulin Rouge which leads her to a big realisation about her future; and Sammy is assigned a Third Year – Ollie (Keiynan Lonsdale) – as a tutor to get him through his exams.

Episode 12: Breaking Pointe – Thursday, March 29 at 6.30pm Tara’s preparations for the Prix de Fonteyn are struck a devastating blow when Saskia’s bullying of her results in a painful injury. Meanwhile, Kat convinces Miss Raine (Tara Morice) to grant her an audition to return to the Academy. To bring herself up to scratch, Kat submits to the arduous training regime of her old frenemy Abigail.

6:30pm – Wednesday, March 21 on ABC3

Durant) feels jealous when Abigail and Ethan continue to work closely together.

Episode 8: CONNECTIVITY – Thursday, March 22 at 6.30pm Written by Samantha Strauss. Directed by Lynn-Maree Danzey Tara decides to take action after realising that Saskia’s (Brooke Harman) continual critique of her dancing could jeopardise her mid-year exams, while Christian ditches his partner exam to hang out with Kat.

Wired on energy drinks, an overtired Sammy kids himself that he’s blitzing his exams and puts Abigail in danger as a result of his behaviour.

6:30pm – Monday, March 19 on ABC3

It’s a rollercoaster year for Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin) and her friends at the National Academy, during the new series of ABC3′s awarding-winning teen drama Dance Academy (26 x 30″). As they begin Second Year, friendships and relationships fall apart as new ones are being forged; and rivalry and jealousy kick in as the students are forced to work harder than ever before in preparation for the world’s premier ballet competition, the Prix de Fonteyn.

Shaking things up this series are three new characters – Grace Whitney (Issi Durant), an ex-Royal Ballet School student, gorgeous new boy, Ben Tickle (Thomas Lacey), and Saskia Duncan (Brooke Harman), an extraordinary dancer from The Company.

And if all that wasn’t enough for the students a heartbreaking tragedy strikes the Academy, which throws life as they know it upside down. Expect more drama, blood, sweat and blisters in this exciting second series of Dance Academy.

Episode 5: SHOWCASE – Monday, March 19 at 6.30pm Written by Liz Doran. Directed by Ian Watson.

After Sebastian (Peter O’Brien) questions his son, Ethan (Tim Pocock) on the impressiveness of his piece at the Showcase, Ethan takes it out on Abigail (Dena Kaplin), his soloist, in an attempt to create a spectacular performance. Meanwhile Tara (Xenia Goodwin) finds it hard to compete with Christian’s (Jordan Rodrigues) old friend Kaylah (Kat Risteska).

Episode 6: LIKE NO ONE’S WATCHING – Tuesday, March 20 at 6.30pm Written by Emily Ballou. Directed by Lynn-Maree Danzey.

Sammy’s (Tom Green) little brother Ari (Narek Armaganian) arrives at the Academy, throwing Sammy’s hectic life schedule into havoc; and Kat (Alicia Banit) auditions to be a football cheerleader, happily encouraged by Ben (Thomas Lacey). While Tara is having self esteem issues when it comes to the looks department.

6:30pm – Monday, March 12 on ABC3

It’s a rollercoaster year for Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin) and her friends at the National Academy, during the new series of ABC3′s awarding-winning teen drama Dance Academy (26 x 30″).

As they begin Second Year, friendships and relationships fall apart as new ones are being forged; and rivalry and jealousy kick in as the students are forced to work harder than ever before in preparation for the world’s premiere ballet competition, the Prix de Fonteyn.

Shaking things up this series are three new characters – Grace Whitney (Issi Durant), an ex-Royal Ballet School student, gorgeous new boy, Ben Tickle (Thomas Lacey), and Saskia Duncan (Brooke Harman), an extraordinary dancer from the Company.

Grace effortlessly assumes the title as best student in the class, if not the Academy. Brilliant and dangerous, Grace is the sort of person who always gets what she wants, manipulates people without them knowing and is very difficult to catch out when she does something wrong.

In contrast, Benjamin Tickle is a breath of fresh air at the Academy. He’s like a puppy – boundless energy, a short attention span and the potential to lick you if he likes you enough. He has a tendency to say the wrong thing, has an aversion to personal hygiene and he’s hiding a secret that he’s not willing to share.

Saskia’s onstage injury has put a temporary stop to her stellar dancing career, so while she recovers she is appointed a teacher to the Second Year students. Unlike Miss Raine who pushed Tara because she saw potential, Saskia wages a personal and unjust war against Tara, which pushes Tara to breaking point and threatens her place at the Academy.

Meanwhile, Sammy’s (Tom Green) life has become increasingly more hectic as he works long hours to pay his tuition and has to deal with the confusion of finding himself attracted to both boys and girls. Ethan (Tim Pocock) helps Abigail (Dena Kaplan) discover her talents outside of ballet. Kat (Alicia Banit) discovers that her independence away from the Academy is not all that it’s cracked up to be and now has to fight her way back into the Academy. And, in the hope of figuring out who he is, Christian seeks out his father, while falling for the one person who is completely off limits.

And if all that wasn’t enough for the students a heartbreaking tragedy strikes the Academy, which throws life as they know it upside down.

6:30pm – Thursday, February 2 on ABC3

Thursday, 2 February 2012 For new ABC3 viewers and for those who love the series, Dance Academy, series 1, is back.

The high energy teen drama follows six teenagers attending the National Academy of Dance. They’re young, beautiful and have one year to prove their worth.

Seen through the eyes of Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin) this isn’t just about tutus and pointe shoes. This is the year Tara will leave her home on the farm and be tested not only on her abilities to dance but to love, build friendships, celebrate triumphs and endure disappointments.

When Tara enters the Academy she meets an eclectic group of dancers she will spend the rest of the year with. There is carefree Kat Karamakov (Alicia Banit) who couldn’t care less about ballet, Kat’s brother Ethan (Tim Pocock), the golden boy of the Academy, Abigail Armstrong (Dena Kaplan) the best dancer in Tara’s year, Sammy Liberman (Tom Green) the Jewish boy with more girls as friends then boys and Christian Reed (Jordan Rodrigues), an adrenalin junkie who likes skateboards more than ballet.

The stakes are high and none of the teens can forget that at the end of the year not everyone makes the cut.

Who will star in the end of year performance at the Sydney Opera House? And who will be told not to come back next year.

Episode 1: Learning To Fly – Thursday February 02 at 6.30pm Country girl Tara Webster travels to Sydney to audition for the prestigious National Academy of Dance. It’s a tumultuous week as she realises her dream of becoming a dancer is going to be a lot more difficult, and humiliating, than she ever anticipated.

ABC3’s award-winning drama series Dance Academy has been nominated for an Emmy award at the 39th International Emmy® Awards in the Children and Youth category.

The International Emmy Awards are among the most prestigious awards for the television industry with the 2011 nominations spread across a record 20 nations.

The 39th International Emmy Awards will take place on Monday, November 21, 2011 in New York.

Dance Academy producer and co-creator, Joanna Werner, said: “This is an amazing recognition. All of the cast and crew worked incredibly hard on the filming of Dance Academy and we are extremely proud the series has received this prestigious nomination.”

Controller of ABC TV’s Children Television, Tim Brooke-Hunt, said: “I’m delighted Dance Academy has received this nomination. I’d like to congratulate co-creators Joanna Werner and Samantha Strauss on their achievement. I also acknowledge the role of ABC Children’s TV’s Head of Commissioning, Carla de Jong, in making Dance Academy such a great success.” 

The first series of Dance Academy premiered on May 31, 2010 on ABC1, and on ABC3 on June 6, 2010. The show has been sold to Germany, Ireland, Belgium, France, Finland, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Norway, and Portugal.

Dance Academy series two is currently in post-production and is set to premiere on ABC3 in 2012.

Seen through the eyes of Tara Webster, the second year at Dance Academy will be tougher as the students compete to be part of the world’s most prestigious ballet competition, the Prix de Fonteyn.

Neighbours has picked up a nomination for Best TV Drama at the Seoul International Drama Awards.

The Aussie soap will compete against dramas from a range of countries as well as fellow home-grown series Dance Academy.

Executive producer Susan Bower joked: “I suspect the Neighbours sense of community resonated with the judges or they really love Dr Karl’s singing as much as the other characters do – a close call!

“Needless to say, we’re very proud to be acknowledged on an international scale.”

Neighbours will be up against shows from Brazil, Korea, China, Argentina, Canada and Romania in the category.

Actress Xenia Goodwin has been nominated also for the Best Actress (Series Drama) award for her role in Dance Academy.

Winners will be announced in August.

Source: Digital Spy