An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house. [more inside]
Dance Academy: Free Falling Season 1, Ep 16
Kat throws herself a birthday party, Abigail stirs up trouble.
Dance Academy: My Life en Pointe First Watch Season 1, Ep 15
A German exchange student, Petra, arrives and now Abigail has one more thing to feel legitimately insecure about. Tension between Tara and Christian continues. Kat's Attitude begins to feel like a Problem, even to her.
Dance Academy: Turning Pointes First Watch Season 1, Ep 14
Abigail's not allowed back to class until she gets psychologically and emotionally healthy, which should mean she's ready when she turns about 45. Miss Raine starts bludgeoning Tara a week early. Kat remains a party girl. Sam tries to coax Abigail away from the dark side. Christian rather maturely puts up with the antics of everyone around him, as he is wont to do.
Dance Academy: Family Season 1, Ep 13
It's recital week and everyone's families are visiting. Or conspicuously absent. [more inside]
Dance Academy: Pressure First Watch Season 1, Ep 12
It's exam week and everybody is on their last nerve.
Dance Academy: One Perfect Day Season 1, Ep 11
It's all about control. [more inside]
Dance Academy: Through the Looking Glass First Watch Season 1, Ep 10
Abigail destroys Tara's possessions, then makes up for it by shoplifting. Christian's friend shows up looking for a place to crash, and we find out how Christian got in trouble with the law.
Dance Academy: Heartbeat First Watch Season 1, Ep 9
Kat's hip hop talents and strong opinions bear good fruit.
Dance Academy: Growing Pains First Watch Season 1, Ep 8
The perils of going through adolescence in a high pressure atmosphere with constant scrutiny and zero privacy.
Dance Academy: Crush Test Dummies First Watch Season 1, Ep 7
The students struggle with the two toughest challenges of teenage life: dealing with crushes, and learning hip hop.
Dance Academy: Perfection First Watch Season 1, Ep 6
The one where everyone behaves less than perfectly.
Dance Academy: Real Men Don't Dance Season 1, Ep 5
Yes they do.
Dance Academy: Minefield First Watch Season 1, Ep 4
The boy-girl pairs are assigned confidence tests to prepare them for pas de deux.
Dance Academy: Behind Barres First Watch Season 1, Ep 3
Christian has to go to either ballet school or jail. It's six of one and half a dozen of the other.
Dance Academy: Week Zero First Watch Season 1, Ep 2
What it says on the tin. It's 0th week and the new intake of students move into the dorm.
Dance Academy: Learning to Fly First Watch Season 1, Ep 1
Tara, the audience avatar, joins Australia's top ballet academy. [more inside]
Dance Academy is an Aussie teen drama about students at a ballet school. I expected to hate it, but it's really rather good: well characterized, limits cheese to portions the size of a matchbox, a decent amount of real dancing per episode. Who's with me?
From first rehearsal to world premiere, Ballet 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as emerging choreographer Justin Peck crafts a new work.
This documentary follows several young dancers as they prepare for an international ballet competition. Great dance and impressive tenacity from the kids, and the film gives a humane backstage view of all the hard work and other investment they and their families put in to get them to the world-class level. [more inside]