A film sequel to the television series, Dance Academy: The Comeback, is in development as of April 2015 after receiving funding from Screen Australia.
Dance Academy is narrated mainly from the perspective of Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin), a newly accepted first year student at the National Academy of Dance. Throughout the series, she learns to better her ballet technique, as well as learn contemporary ballet and hip-hop dance; while creating life long friendships and experiencing many hardships. In the first series, Tara soon befriends fellow students Kat (Alicia Banit) and Ethan Karamakov (Tim Pocock), Sammy Lieberman (Tom Green), Abigail Armstrong (Dena Kaplan) and Christian Reed (Jordan Rodrigues), as well as eventually getting to know her teacher Ms. Raine (Tara Morice).
Dance Academy is an Australian children's television drama. The show airs on ABC1 and ABC3 in Australia, and on ZDF in Germany. Series one premiered in Australia on 31 May 2010, the second series began on 12 March 2012, and series three began on 8 July 2013.
Series one (2010)
Dance Academy features Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin), a new student at Australia's National Academy of Dance. The show presents the students at the Academy learning the intricacies of ballet and dance, and is primarily shown from Tara's perspective, along with fellow first year students Kat Karamakov (Alicia Banit), Abigail Armstrong (Dena Kaplan), Sammy Lieberman (Tom Green), Christian Reed (Jordan Rodrigues), and third year student Ethan Karamakov (Tim Pocock).
Series two (2012)
Dance Academy was announced as having been renewed for a second series of 26 episodes on 15 July 2010. Casting calls were issued on 14 September 2010, and filming took place between 31 January and 4 August 2011 in and around Sydney. The series premiered on ABC3 on 12 March 2012, and concluded on 24 April 2012. The series was again executive produced by Joanna Werner. Series two featured Tara and the other students' second year at the Academy, and their efforts to make it through to represent Australia at a major ballet competition, the Prix de Fonteyn.
AfricaMovieAcademyAward winner Bontle Modiselle who is known for her dancing, acting and for being on radio, together with Tom London, founder of South Africa’s top dance crew "Soweto’s Finest", make up the creative team as choreographers for the series.