ABC3’s Dance Academy begins filming its second season in Sydney today with 26 half-hour episodes.
Returning to the show are Tara (Xenia Goodwin), Abigail (Dena Kaplan), Sammy (Tom Green), Christian (Jordan Rodrigues), Ethan (Tim Pocock) and Miss Raine (Tara Morice), leaving Alicia Banit as Kat Karamakov the only non-returning principal.
They will be joined by two new characters.
Grace Whitney is played by Issi Durant (pictured, So You Think You Can Dance‘s teen ballerina) who joins the Academy after being kicked out of the Royal Ballet School in London. Tom Lacey (Blue Heelers) will play the new class hottie, with a tendency to say the wrong things and having aversion to personal hygiene.
Guest appearances will include Kip Gamblin (Home and Away) as dance teacher Zach, Keiynan Lonsdale (Fame The Musical) as third year student Ollie and Brooke Harman (Rake) playing dance teacher Saskia Duncan.
This year the students compete to be part of the world’s most prestigious ballet competition, the Prix de Fonteyn.
Producer Joanna Werner said: “We are thrilled to start work on the second series of Dance Academy. Our cast have been working hard in ‘ballet boot camp’ in preparation for the demanding shoot ahead. We hope our fans will enjoy what’s in stall for series two.”