Returning: Dance Academy

dance_academy_groupThe third and final season of Dance Academy begins on ABC3 next Monday night, with guest Barry Otto. So many good shows seems to be taking their exit lately.

This season new episodes will play on Mondays, unlike previous seasons that were stripped across a week.

Dreams and futures are on the line as Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin) and her friends enter their final year at the Academy and compete against each other for one of the coveted National Ballet Company contracts up for grabs.

It will be the ultimate physical and emotional endurance test for Tara, Abigail (Dena Kaplan), Grace (Isabel Durant), Christian (Jordan Rodrigues), Ben (Thomas Lacey) and Ollie (Keiynan Lonsdale) as they complete third year, with the Company watching their every move.

During their final year, the friends are thrown into a spin when the Company requires three students for fill-in spots for their corps de ballet. They’ll also get to experience what life is like as a dancer on a professional tour when they head out on the Third Year Tour, performing in regional and remote centres around Australia. And before they know it, it’s graduation day and the life-changing interview with the Company.

All this as well as dealing with self doubt, reality checks, romance ups-and-downs, rivalry between mates, and digging deep to give it everything they’ve got. It’s the year the friends learn that risking everything, failing spectacularly, and then starting again, is how you become extraordinary.

This is the most nail-biting year yet and everyone will be shocked by who is offered a contract, who turns one down, who ultimately gets their dream, and who has to find another.

The revered and iconic Barry Otto (Utopia Girls, The Jesters), Jessica Mauboy (Australian Idol, Bran Nue Dae, The Sapphires), Alyssa McClelland (Home and Away, East West 101, Canal Road), David Woodley (Spartacus -Gods of The Area, Cops L.A.C), Sean Keenan (Lockie Leonard, Puberty Blues), Andrew Lees (The Pacific, Rescue), and Richard Brancatisano (Terminales, Reef Doctors) all make guest appearances in this series.

It’s three weeks into third year and Tara and her friends are already feeling the pressure. Speculation bubbles when the National Ballet Company announces it needs three temporary fill-in roles in the corps de ballet. Instead of remaining focused, Tara jeopardises her preparation for this audition when she tries to organise a surprise birthday party for Abigail.

Meanwhile, Christian is mysteriously absent and no one knows if he’ll return to the Academy; Ollie’s been allowed to repeat third year; Grace continues her training at the Academy, but her relationship with the others is strained; and Kat attempts to fast track into third year.

Monday, July 8 at 6pm ABC3.


  1. This season, at only 13 episodes, would have been a bit strange for them to strip it, would be over in 2.5 weeks!

    Shelley – interesting that they have repeated Season 1 ad nauseum over the past 3 years, on ABC1 and ABC3, yet to my knowledge Season 2 hasn’t been replayed yet?

  2. Have been finally catching up with season 1 on ABC3 and desperately hoping they go into season 2 so I can watch all three! Please, please, please!

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