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A co-Australian and German television series, Dance Academy revolves around Tara Webster, a young woman who has grown up on property in outback Australia all the while dreaming of becoming a dancer. When she makes it into the National Academy of Dance, Tara realises that her life is about to change forever. As the series progresses, she also comes to realise that she is not alone in this journey.


  • Award winning and individually published episodes in this series are included on AustLit.


form y Week Zero Samantha Strauss , Australia : ABC Television Werner Film Productions , 2010 Z1736469 2010 single work film/TV children's

'Tara arrives at the Academy excited about the year ahead. As she struggles to fit in, she learns the hard way to respect her teachers and find true friends.'

Source: Australian Television Net website,
Sighted: 28/10/2010

Australia : ABC Television Werner Film Productions , 2010
form y Growing Pains Sarah Lambert , 2010 Z1732101 2010 single work film/TV children's

'Tara's sick of being the youngest and hates that Ethan sees her as just a little kid. So when Tara is seen talking with Damien Lang, a soloist in the Company and a local boy from Tara's hometown, a rumour is spread that they are dating. Tara is overjoyed by this rumour but when it becomes a scandal that jeopardises Damien's career, Tara is forced to admit the humiliating truth. Meanwhile, Abigail is unwilling to accept the changes in her developing body'.

(Source: Australian Television Information Archive.)

form y Family Samantha Strauss , Australia : ABC Television Werner Film Productions , 2010 Z1766802 2010 single work film/TV '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.' Source: (Sighted 17/03/2011). Australia : ABC Television Werner Film Productions , 2010
form y Turning Pointes Greg Waters , Australia : Werner Film Productions , 2010 Z1732113 2010 single work film/TV children's 'Tara returns from the school holidays on top of the world — she has great friends, a gorgeous boyfriend, the first year scholarship, and is finally allowed to dance en pointe. Kat introduces Tara to her new boyfriend Lucas, a 'diplobrat' she met while on holiday with her mother in Europe. Tara immediately dislikes him but doesn't reveal her aversion to Kat, who convinces Tara to go to a warehouse party in the city which ends in Tara calling Christian for help. What has Kat done to make Tara upset? Meanwhile, Abigail is struggling to convince her therapist to allow her to return to ballet classes after her collapse last semester. Sammy, who has been her constant companion throughout the holidays, tries to convince Abigail to help him out with the ballroom dance classes that he is giving for his grandmother and her friends.' (Australian Television Information Archive website) Australia : Werner Film Productions , 2010
form y Not for Nothing Samantha Strauss , Melbourne : Werner Film Productions ABC Television , 2013 7224629 2013 single work film/TV

'During the final episode of Dance Academy, it's judgment day. The Third Years sit before the Company panel and learn their fate — whether they'll be offered a professional contract with the National Ballet Company or not.

'Meanwhile, one of the gang is transported on a very different journey.'

Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 8/4/2014)

Melbourne : Werner Film Productions ABC Television , 2013

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First known date: 2010
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