Fifty years ago this week, the Australian Ballet presented its first performance at Her Majesty's Theatre in Sydney. To celebrate, the company is presenting a 50th Anniversary Gala which is being especially filmed for Sunday Arts.
Matthew Bourne's long awaited reinterpretation of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet The Sleeping Beauty.
First staged at Sadler's Wells in London in 1995, Bourne's acclaimed version of Swan Lake is famous for having the swans danced by men rather than women. The ballet has been hugely successful and won many prestigious awards.
Charting the history of dance on television and in film, from early sequences at the beginning of the 20th century through Isadora Duncan to Fred Astaire, Roland Petit, Bejart and on to Pina Bausch and Matthew Bourne, this rich treasure chest of archives from cinema and television will illustrate dance in all its many guises.
Choreographer and dancer, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, collaborates with the kung fu monks from the Shaolin Temple and artist Antony Gormley to produce a unique and extraordinary dance hybrid.
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.
Sammy gets a second chance at the Prix de Fonteyn when he takes a road trip with Ollie to audition for the regional round. Sammy's feelings resurface and Christian invites himself along on the trip.
After a sudden tragedy, the Academy students must find a way to come together and help each other out in this time of darkness.
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.
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.
During an excursion to the circus, Christian's dad makes promises he's unable to keep. Tara tries to repair her friendship with Kat, and Sammy goes public with his new romance.
Discover the inspiring stories of six young performers; champions of Fairfield's underground Parkour and street style community as they merge urban freestyle forms with contemporary dance and map their city through movement.
Kat struggles to stay positive and her determination to advance into third year is morphing into dangerous patterns. Meanwhile, Grace plays matchmaker, and Christian's lost his place at the academy.
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.
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.
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.
With exams finally over, both the boys and girls go out to let off some steam. However, Sammy is tense after failing his exams, Tara's still hurting from her breakup, and Grace decides to stir up trouble.
Christian and Ollie prepare for Streetbeatz, a major hip-hop competition; Kat prepares to audition for a minor role in Coppelia; and Ben takes a stab at revenge.
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