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Dance Academy - Arts Education EDUCATION RESOURCE

Dance Academy

Fifteen year old Tara Webster has grown up on a farm in outback 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...

Dance Academy - Series 2 Trailer

It's Second Year at the Academy and the stakes are high in the lead up to the world's premiere ballet competition, the Prix de Fonteyn. Tara returns to the National Academy of Dance with the goal of representing Australia in the world's most prestigious ballet competition. But perhaps she should be more focused on just surviving Second Year where having climbed to the top in her first year at the Academy -- in dance, in life, in love -- she now has a very long way to fall.

Dance Academy - Series 3 Trailer

Tara and her friends are now seniors at the Academy and no one can forget for a second that the Company is watching. It will be a nail-biting chase to the finish line to see who will be offered a contract and finally achieve what they have been working towards for so long... and who will have to find a new dream. If Second Year broke your heart, this is the year that will lift you up and prove it is in risking everything, failing spectacularly and then starting again, that you will become extraordinary. Tara and her friends began their training as kids with a lot to learn about dancing, life and themselves. This year will prepare them to say goodbye to their school days forever and go out into the world as resilient, courageous dancers and young adults - who are ready for anything!

Resource Description

Dance Academy: Arts Education supports Middle Years educators with engaging classroom activities, designed to enhance students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of dance, as both an artist and audience.

The website features video clips and production materials from the award-winning television series Dance Academy, stimulus for over 100 downloadable teaching activities that have been aligned with the Australian Curriculum areas of The Arts (Dance, Drama, Media, and Visual), English and Health and Physical Education (Personal Development).

Each activity provides educators with a contemporary approach to exploring elements of The Arts within their classroom, matched with printable student activity sheets and links to additional support materials – including instructional video clips and fact sheets developed by Ausdance.

The teaching activities are searchable by Curriculum Study Area(s), tag word(s), or by one of the four main themes:

  • Dance Skills – explores body, movement, technique, choreography, performance and communication through dance.
  • Dance Knowledge – explores genre, culture, history and styles of dance; safe dance practices; dance processes; and dance vocabulary.
  • Production - explores stagecraft, costume, lighting, design, event management and technology and innovation within dance production.
  • Health and Wellbeing – explores health, fitness, human movement, nutrition, personal development and identity.

 Access to Dance Academy: Arts Education is available with any Dance Academy DVD purchase.

Year Level

Middle Years (5-9)

Curriculum Study Areas

Critical and Creative Thinking, Dance (The Arts), Drama (The Arts), English, Health and Physical Education, Media Arts (The Arts), Music (The Arts), Visual Arts (The Arts)


achievement, adolescence, body image, culture and traditions, genre, Inquiry Skills, knowledge, leadership, media production skills, media production skills, nutrition, performance, relationships, resilience, time, wellbeing