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Dance Academy 3 Seasons

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (204) IMDb 8.2/10

Fifteen-year-old Tara Webster has grown up on a farm in country Australia and has dreamt of being a dancer ever since she was a little girl. When she makes it into the National Academy of Dance - the best school in the country - she is sure her life is about to be spectacular. What Tara doesn't realise is how far behind she is in her training, and that there's a whole lot more to surviving the Academy than just dancing...

Starring:
Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit

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1. Learning to Fly

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.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: May 31, 2010
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2. Week Zero

Tara arrives at the Academy excited about the year ahead but soon discovers that she is the worst dancer in the class. As Tara struggles to fit in, she learns the hard way to respect her teachers, who her true friends are, and to watch her back around her roommate Abigail.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 1, 2010
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3. Behind Barres

When Tara's crush on Ethan threatens to derail her friendship with Kat, Sammy gets her to write a pros and cons list to clear her head. As the roommate war escalates, Abigail wins a decisive victory - emailing Tara's list to the whole school. Christian finds himself in the custody of the police and, with nowhere else to go, has to accept his place at the Academy.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 2, 2010
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4. Minefield

The first years are given trust exercises to help forge connections with their pas de deux partners. Tara is frustrated when Christian refuses to participate, however they connect unexpectedly when Tara follows him to the beach and Christian rescues her from a dangerous situation. Meanwhile Kat feels betrayed by Tara's secret crush on Ethan and Sammy finds himself tied to Abigail for 24 hours.

TV-G CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 3, 2010
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5. Real Men Don't Dance

Sammy is forced to choose between dance and his father when compulsory Saturday ballet classes clash with his Synagogue services. Christian struggles to accept the rules of the Academy.

TV-G CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 4, 2010
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6. Perfection

The National Ballet comes to town and Tara is thrilled to learn that Kat's mother is Natasha Willis, the Company's Principal dancer and her childhood idol. Sammy's girlfriend, Mia, also arrives forcing Sammy to evaluate his growing feelings for Abigail.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 7, 2010
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7. Crush Test Dummies

Christian reluctantly agrees to dance in Ethan's showcase but can't stand the derivative choreography. In order to show this ballet boy some real hip-hop, Christian takes Ethan home to Maroubra. Sammy admits to having feelings for someone at the Academy and while Tara and Kat try to figure out her identity, Tara gives Kat a lesson on what it means to have a crush.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 8, 2010
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8. Growing Pains

Abigail is devastated that her body seems to be developing and defies Miss Raine by wearing a loose top to class. Sammy is forced to buy a dance belt, with Christian as his unlikely shopping buddy. Meanwhile, in an attempt prove to Ethan that she's not just a little kid, Tara pretends to be dating Damien Lang, an older dancer in the Company.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 9, 2010
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9. Heartbeat

While Ethan and Christian become more competitive with one another, Kat, Sammy and Tara post a video of Kat dancing to pop star Myles Kelly on the internet and it becomes a viral sensation. When Kelly's team find out about it, they invite her to be apart of his next music video.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 10, 2010
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10. Through the Looking Glass

Christian's best mate Aaron comes to stay and reveals the truth about the robbery they committed. Later, Aaron uses Christian as an alibi forcing Christian to lie to the police, and to question whether old friends are necessarily good friends. Meanwhile, Abigail's control issues are spiralling out-of-control and she is caught shoplifting.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 11, 2010
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11. One Perfect Day

Tara is excited when Ethan asks her to star in his choreography assessment piece, but Ethan only has eyes for his mentor, Dana. Abigail's sister, Paige, stays for the weekend and when the gang goes on a trip to an amusement park, long-held tensions between the girls reveal that all is not okay with Abigail.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 14, 2010
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12. Pressure

Pressure is building at the Academy as the students prepare for exams. Tara tries to ignore her recent "almost-pash" with Ethan in an attempt to stay focused. With her sights set on the first year scholarship, Abigail pushes herself too far and severely restricts her eating.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 15, 2010
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13. Family

It's Open Week at the Academy and Tara discovers she is embarrassed by her unsophisticated parents, especially around her new boyfriend Ethan. Her mum later reveals that the farm is in serious financial trouble and her expensive tuition fees aren't helping. Meanwhile, Kat's mother reneges on her promised family holiday and Sammy's father also disappoints by failing to show up to watch him dance. Abigail is stuck at home in bed and finds a friend in Sammy.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 16, 2010
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14. Turning Pointes

Tara returns from the holidays excited to have been awarded the first year scholarship. However, this soon turns to disappointment when Kat leaves her standing alone outside a warehouse party the night before their first ballet class. Abigail is trying to be a perfect patient in her therapy sessions but has to ask for help in order to start tackling the real issues behind her eating disorder.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 17, 2010
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15. My Life En Pointe

Petra Hoffman arrives at the Academy on exchange from the Berlin Ballet School. Homesick, she adopts a lost dog and attempts to conceal him in the Boarding House. Kat has been ditching class to spend time with her new boyfriend and her punishment is to teach ballet to a class of underprivileged kids. Tara ends up kissing Christian behind Ethan's back, leaving her feeling guilty and confused.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 18, 2010
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16. Free Falling

Kat is upset when her parent's ignore her 16th birthday and throws herself a huge party at their harbour front home as revenge. However chaos soon reigns when Tara spies Kat kissing Christian and realizes she can't ignore her own feelings, Petra accidentally gets drunk, the photo of Tara and Christian together is revealed, and the police are called to end the out-of-control party!

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 21, 2010
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17. A Midsummer's Night's Dream

It is school camp time and Tara is ostracised by her friends and further humiliated when photos of her and Christian kissing keep appearing everywhere. Tensions culminate in a fight between Kat and Tara, and both girls learn the hard way that friendship is more important than boys.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 22, 2010
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18. Betty Bunheads

Petra has decided to stay in Australia and enjoy life as an ordinary teenager, however when the Berlin Ballet offers her a contract she has a difficult choice to make. When Scout auditions for the Junior School summer programme, Kat is able to make amends for disappointing the younger girl. Meanwhile Sammy and Abigail have started meeting in secret and Abigail has no intention of making it public knowledge - they're just kissing, it's not a relationship.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 23, 2010
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19. Fairest and Best

The Institute of Sport's Australian Rules Forward Squad has been sent to the Academy for some specialised training and the challenge is soon on, between the dancers and the footballers, to prove which is the toughest sport. Miss Raine has chosen Tara and Abigail to do daily private classes and Tara finally learns why Abigail hates her so much.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 24, 2010
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20. Ballet Fever

When the Board decides to cut hip hop and jazz from the curriculum Kat goes on the warpath, blaming her mother for this change. Tara and Christian find themselves together at the beach and their spark is rekindled, so much so that they lose track of time and are running late for the Patron's Showcase performance when Tara trips and badly injures herself.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 25, 2010
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21. FOMO: Fear of Missing Out

It's a month since Tara's injury and her plaster is due to come off but Tara seems much more focused on her new boyfriend, Christian, and organising the school formal. Sammy and Abigail decide take their relationship to the next level and Ethan is offered an early contract with the Company.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 28, 2010
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22. Flight or Fight Response

Christian's sentencing hearing has been set and, believing that he's headed for juvenile detention, Christian decides to stop playing by other people's rules and goes back to his old neighbourhood. Tara has been working hard in rehab, with Ethan as her coach, but is too scared to dance again. Sammy is so focused on trying to save Christian that he's been ignoring Abigail and she has to accept that their relationship is over.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 29, 2010
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23. BFF: Best Friends Forever

Christian is ready for his court date but everything unravels when old loyalties cause him to change his story. Kat is shocked to learn her brother is moving overseas and in an attempt to get him to stay, tries to reignite the flame between Ethan and Tara.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: June 30, 2010
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24. Heatwave

Sammy and Christian have made a pact of brotherhood - from now on they are an island of man - but Kat wonders whether Sammy might have a man crush on his new best friend. Meanwhile, auditions for The Nutcracker are coming up and neither Kat nor Ethan are thrilled to discover their father is directing the ballet. Abigail learns her parents are separating and puts everything she has into securing a solo role.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 1, 2010
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25. The Deep End

Rehearsals for The Nutcracker are underway. Tara is playing the role of Clara and quickly discovers that being the star is not all its cracked up to be as Abigail's claws re-emerge. Sammy is forced to admit that his feelings for Christian have moved beyond that of just friendship and Myles Kelly returns to rescue Kat from the costume dungeon where she has been exiled since walking out of her audition.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 2, 2010
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26. Learning to Fly, Part 2

The end of year performance of the Nutcracker at the Opera House has finally arrived and Tara continues to perform her role so badly that it seems Abigail will be re-cast in her place. Does Tara have what it takes to put everything she has learnt this year into practice and find the courage to stand centre stage?

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: July 5, 2010
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I have said it before and I'll say it again - it's very rare that I blog about anything other than books. So when I make an exception to this rule, you can guess that I have a new (worthy) obsession to spruik.

My new exceptional obsession is the Australian ABC3 teen drama, `Dance Academy'. To be fair, I am jumping on this band-wagon way too late. The first season aired in Australia in 2010, followed by a year-long gap when the show's creators didn't know if it would be picked up for a second season . . . which it (thankfully) was, airing this year between March and April. There are 26 episodes in a season, and the last one for 2012 aired on April 24. And, yes, a third season has been commissioned (no word on whether or not there will be another year-long gap between season 2 and 3, making for a 2014 release?).

The show follows fifteen-year-old country ballerina, Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin) whose love of dance stems from a dream of flying. Tara gets one step closer to her dream when she is accepted into Sydney's prestigious National Dance Academy. . . but it doesn't take long before Tara realizes that loving dance isn't the same as being a good dancer.

Tara's technique is not where it needs to be, and her fellow students at the Academy are cut-throat, with their eye on becoming principal dancers by the end of their three years. In her first week at the Academy, Tara is given the nickname `training bra' by scholarship kid Christian Reed (Jordan Rodrigues) after an embarrassing changing-room incident with the beautiful Ethan Karamakov (Tim Pocock) who happens to be the half-son of an infamous Australian prima-ballerina and choreographer.
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Really? No USA version.

Caught this on Netflix and I couldn't stop watching it, over and over again! Came here to add it to my permanent collection and just couldn't believe it wasn't available. (They started airing a season two in Australia) Perhaps when enough people see it on Netflix the word will spread and we'll get both seasons on a DVD in US format. If you like dance, check it out. If you love ballet, don't miss it!
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I can't say enough great things about this show. I just loved it. It took me a few episodes to get into it, but pretty soon watching my nightly episodes was all I thought about throughout the day. It was like falling in love, with each episode I was more impressed with the layered characters, the perfect level of realistic drama, and the dancing...oh my the dancing!!!! The choreography alone is another character in the story it is so well done and danced by the actors. I loved how the ballet dancing cliches like boys being gay, eating disorders by the girls, and falling in love with your dance partner were all touched on but not in a way that made me feel anything but what it would really be like to be a dancer.

Also Sydney shines in the show too...Just watch it already! I can't wait for season 3!

(I am writing this on my husband's account and I am sure he would appreciate me mentioning that this flowery girly review was written by his wife and not him :) )
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I just found this show on Netflix . These are very talented kids . The stories are wonderful. I am a senior citizen and I still love to watch this show. It makes you think about the problems our kids have these days. Great show !
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I stumbled across this show and decided to give it try... and I was totally, quite happily, surprised. It's not so much that the acting or dancing swept me off my feet it was the careful development of all the characters that ended up holding my rapt attention. There is a wonderful sense of tension between these young people, who are so flawed yet striving for perfection in the demandingly perfect world of ballet. That tension spills out from their personal internal struggles as well into their interpersonal relationships with each other as they learn what it means to be who they are meant to be. They have definitely not arrived by any means as they continue to struggle with pressure and all the little twists & turns their lives take along their amazing journeys... This is a wonderful drama about coming of age and learning from your mistakes as well of from your triumphs. I found the characters heart-warmingly genuine and loved watching them grow with the challenges they face. Really enjoyed this gem of show and hope it continues on!
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This series is very impressive. The dancing is beautiful - the process grueling and because the storylines are well written (not sappy or silly as in most of the Disney channel shows) and well acted by strong cast I was immediately taken in and watched both seasons in three days. I also like the fact that the viewer gets to see the natural beauty of Australia and how truly lovely it is in Sydney. Can't wait for Season 3.
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Dance Academy gives you a somewhat romanticized look into the lives and struggles of students at a prestigious ballet school in Sydney. It deals with topics teens can identify with in a non-preachy way and even while I'm not a teen anymore, I definitely enjoy it. The dance routines are great, the drama is heartfelt, the comedic moments are always well timed. It can get corny and the acting sometimes isn't amazing, but these are young dancers who happen to be getting started with acting so it's understandable. Overall, I highly recommend it. I watched the entire first two seasons over a week on Amazon Instant Video. Just couldn't stop!
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