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.
Tara's preparations for the Prix de Fonteyn are struck a devastating blow when Saskia's bullying results in an injury. Meanwhile, Kat convinces Miss Raine to grant her an audition to return to the academy.
Determined to prove Saskia wrong, Tara risks serious injury and possible expulsion from the academy by competing in the Prix de Fonteyn preliminary round.
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.
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.
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.
Mocking her friends' obsession with teen popstar, Myles Kelly, Kat creates a video of herself dancing to one of his songs and then posts it on the internet. She is surprised when the record company invites her to dance in Myles's next video clip ... and stunned when sparks fly between herself and the heart-throb.
Kat finally makes friends with the coterie of outcast girls at school, but despite having sworn off dancing, finds herself helping them choreograph a piece for drama class. Meanwhile, Ben Tickle is upgraded into second year.
Tara decides to take action after realising that Saskia's continual critique of her dancing could jeopardise her mid-year exams, while Christian ditches his partner exam to hang out with Kat.
Every two years thousands of people are drawn to far north Queensland to see traditional Aboriginal dancing at its very best. Featuring the New Mapoon Dancers and the Wujal Wujal Dance Troupe.
Ben is flattered when Saskia offers to be his mentor and it becomes clear there's potential for them to dance together brilliantly.
Every two years thousands of people are drawn to far north Queensland to see traditional Aboriginal dancing. This episode features the Yimbaala Dance Group from Hopevale and the Lockhart River Dancers.
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.
Two young Aussie rookie producers attempt the seemingly impossible: to take an unknown musical straight to Broadway! Tonight, the team heads south in search of funds, and a theatre. Frank's connections in the South take them to Louisiana in search of Christian dollars to find new investors into the project. Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
The world awakes to the crash of the stock markets around the globe. Marcus receives a call plunging the production of "Angels the Musical" into turmoil. Will the show go on? Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
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.
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.
Tara's ecstatic when her mentor Saskia is appointed to teach the second years at the Academy. But Tara rapidly discovers that 'perfect' Saskia may not be the supportive teacher she hoped for.
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