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New Dance Film Fest
SUBMISSIONS have opened for the new Inspired Dance Film Fest Australia, which is aimed at providing a platform for dancers, choreographers and filmmakers to explore their creativity on film. The co-founders are Ian Knowles and Rohan Seinor, both high
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Vito Bernasconi
Vito Bernasconi (pictured) is a soloist and has been with Qld Ballet since 2013. Criticism as a word can have a negative connotation. I’ve always preferred to consider it as information to learn, develop and grow. When I receive feedback, I remind my
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Web Highlights
Tasmanian youth dance ensemble DRILL Performance Company has announced Isabella Stone as its new artistic director. A WA-based dance artist, Stone is an alumnus of STEPS Youth Dance Company (which was amalgamated into Co3 in 2014) and the WA Academy
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Two’s Company
MARCUS Morelli and Jade Wood are senior artists with the Australian Ballet, and good friends. They are well-matched in terms of height and build, and are frequently cast to dance together in roles varying from the classical (eg. Bluebird pas de deux
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Three Firsts
“THERE is nothing more powerful than dance performed to live music,” says Sydney Dance Company artistic director Rafael Bonachela. For his first program and major new work for the year he has collaborated with Bryce Dessner of American rock band The
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Cameo
When Jade was accepted into the Australian Ballet School’s Interstate Junior Programme, she travelled to Melbourne a few times per year. She was promoted to coryphée in 2015, to soloist in 2017 and to senior artist in 2018. SOME REPERTOIRE HIGHLIGHT
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An Eye On The Next
WITH an eye to supporting the next generation of choreographers, Dancenorth is presenting its annual season of Tomorrow Makers, which celebrates its ensemble as makers, at its home venue in Townsville from May 21 to 23. Curated by Dancenorth’s Assoc
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An Enchanting Fantasy
OSCAR Wilde’s The Happy Prince is a very short allegorical story about compassion versus contempt and greed. At the time allegedly written for children, it also carried a potent message for adults, pointing a finger at the inequities of Victorian Eng
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Australia hosts Cecchetti Competition
THE Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition is held every three years in a different country around the globe. This year it is Australia’s turn. In July 2020, the competition will be hosted by Cecchetti Ballet Australia Inc at the Concou
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Light And Shade In The Bush
IN the tranquil bushland setting of the limestone Quarry Amphitheatre, West Australian Ballet’s 27th season at this unique venue elevated our spirits in a beautifully balanced triple bill offering a superb quality of neo-classical dance and choreogra
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Stepping Out in Melbourne
THE heartwarming tapdance musical, Stepping Out, is making its professional Australian premiere in Melbourne, in a production by the Sydney-based, independent company, Nineteen 98 Productions. The show stars Annie Aitken, Debora Krizak and Deone Zano
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Outdoor Intrigue
NOW in its fourth year, Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance continues to evolve; this year moving its performances away from a theatre setting into the streets of Brisbane, and featuring local, interstate and overseas artists. As well as perform
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Bold, Vibrant, Relaxed
This photo by Jacqueline Mitchell is of Isabella Jordan, a student at the Tanya Pearson Academy in Sydney. “I wanted to create a bold and vibrant mood to match Isabella’s bright personality and dynamic movement quality,” Mitchell says. “The lights we
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Made By The Dancers
PROJECTION Dance Company from Albury/Wodonga came to Sydney’s Concourse Theatre on February 29, performing Closer, a fraught, psychologically intense work choreographed by the company director Tim Podesta. Although described on Projection Dance Compa
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40 Dancing Years
THIS year Dance Australia celebrates its 40th anniversary – an incredible achievement for an arts publication. Founded in Melbourne by Dally Messenger back before the internet, the magazine is now owned by the Sydney-based family company Yaffa Media,
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Discipline In Today’s Dance Studio
ARE students’ attentions spans getting shorter? Are politeness and courtesy outdated concepts? Just how do teachers compete with digital distractions in a class? These are just some of the questions swirling around the complex issue of discipline in
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It’s Time To Act!
IN its most basic form, dance can be described as the movement of the body in a rhythmic way, to express a moment of delight, an idea or emotion, or to release energy. People from all cultures express themselves through this powerful impulse and for
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How To Create Behavioural Expectations In A Positive Way
• Create a code of conduct for teachers, parents and students which formalises the expectations of all • Ensure all teachers and older dancers model the required behaviours • Document the requirements in terms of dress standards and the rules on tech
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Jerome Robbins On Acting
When Jerome Robbins choreographed West Side Story, I’ve been told he did not tell the dancers, “…on the count of seven, I want you to put your hand in exactly this position like this”. Rather he directed more along the lines of “on this accent in the
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Double The Passion
HOFESH in the Yard was a short, sharp program of two works by contemporary Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter. His seminal 2006 sensation Uprising, and a “new poetic re-iteration” of his 2015 piece tHE bAD, are both set to multi-skilled Hofesh’s o
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Parke’s Acting Tips
• Sometimes I say that dancers (and singers!) “add acting on top”. They pull the faces that seem to reflect the emotion of the piece rather than let the face take care of itself and trust the thing that is capable of most expression, the body. • The
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Bbodance News
Bbodance has made two announcements recently, one sad, one happy. The first is that its former CEO, John Travis, has died, after a long illness. Travis (18/8/1945 to 2/2/2020) was the CEO of bbodance for over 20 years. Vale. He was farewelled at a fu
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Happy Birthday To Dance Australia!
WELCOME to our 40th anniversary issue. How do you choose the best highlights from 40 years of dance writing? It’s impossible, especially when having to squeeze them all into a single article with a deadline looming. Where to start? The archives of Da
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Dancing At Any Age
BORN in New Zealand 1972, Raewyn Hill asked her mother if she could start ballet at age five but was told she needed to wait until she was six, her first lesson in patience. She is a Distinguished Graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance (1992), b
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RAD Celebrates 100 Years
IN celebration of its centenary, the Royal Academy of Dance is conducting a year-long program of events worldwide. In Australia, events are already well underway, with the Boy’s Dance Challenge in January, and the “Shaping Minds. Shaping Bodies” conf
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Dance Australia
Karen van Ulzen dance@yaffa.com.au Nina Levy nina@danceaustralia.com.au Susan Bendall Alan Brissenden Sally Clark Michelle Dursun Geraldine Higginson Irina Kuzminsky Matthew Lawrence Margaret Mercer Maggie Tonkin Denise Richardson Emma Sandall Overse
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Cameo
If I am honest, I don’t consider it a passion: I consider it my life – my reason for existence– my reason for being. When I am in performance, dance is the settling of my “self”. I’m in harmony; I’m truthful; I am complete. Now, in my role as an arti
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Kristy Lee Denovan
What is your background? I’m half Sri Lankan, half Australian, with other bits as well! And your dance background? I started at Vivienne Dunn in Keysborough, Vic, (now closed) at five, then went to Jane Moore Academy of Ballet in Highett, then the A
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Moscow Ballet returns
FOLLOWING a sell-out tour of Australia of The Nutcracker in 2018, Moscow Ballet la Classique has returned to Australia for another extensive tour, this time with The Sleeping Beauty. The company’s travels began in March at the Regal Theatre in Perth
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Where’s Robert Curran?
YOU should do this job… you should get a job like this one.” Funnily enough, it was an off-hand comment in a post-performance chat with his then boss David McAllister that first turned former Australian Ballet dancer Robert Curran’s thoughts towards
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