US dance star to head Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet has today (March 3) announced the appointment of US dance star David Hallberg as its next artistic director, succeeding David McAllister, who will retire in December this year.

Rachel’s double life as a clothes-dropping ‘thief’

Rachel Reid leads a double life. By day, a Giralang mother of two, she transforms herself at night into showgirl and burlesque performer Jazida.

Energy fuels impressive dance works

“OnCourse” had good continuity – thematically, musically and choreographically, which was surprising and impressive given the scope of the production, writes SAMARA PURNELL.

Dance Council help brings Ausdance back to life

Happier news is now to hand following the disappointing news in August that Ausdance National would close its door after 42 years. 

Young dancers create an all-round enjoyable show

“Hot to Trot” was another thoroughly enjoyable, well-rehearsed production from QL2, providing a holistic learning experience for young creators, who have done a commendable job, writes SAMARA PURNELL.

‘Cinderella’ captivates from the start to the happy end

“Cinderella” is a delight to both the eyes and the ears, writes reviewer BILL STEPHENS.

Li Cunxin’s ‘Cinderella’ salute to his American mentor

Arts editor HELEN MUSA previews the Queensland Ballet's impending production of "Cinderella" under the watchful eye of its artistic director, the celebrated Li Cunxin.

Torrens students swoop their way to second spot

Australia's largest performing arts event for primary and secondary schools has awarded Torrens Primary School this year’s runner for its entry “Swooping Season”. 

Admirable and entertaining evening of dance

Reviewer LEN POWER feels the power of QL2's powerful new dance program "Power"!

Dance and fashion joins at the ‘seam’

The Australian Dance Party's work “Seamless” will play alongside the launch of the “Women in Vogue: Celebrating Sixty Years in Australia” exhibition.

Plevey’s dancers draw pure gold from ‘The Vault’

“'In the Vault' is a brilliantly conceived and executed dance work, certainly the best yet from Australian Dance Party and confirms Alison Plevey’s status as an important and original creative voice in Australian contemporary dance." BILL STEPHENS isn't mincing his words with this review.

What to do as dance disappears

Choreographer Sue Healey tells arts editor HELEN MUSA she is concerned about the constant disappearance of dance as an art form.

Dancer searches for answers

“If you’ve ever been in love, you will understand this show,” writer and performer Jacob Boehme says of “Blood on the Dance Floor,” coming soon to Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Dancers strike the audience with originality

The young cast rose to the challenge admirably, maintaining focus and concentration throughout, and the audience was left in no doubt that they had experienced a work of striking originality, writes BILL STEPHENS.

Major production dances through space

Opening tonight at The Playhouse, Quantum Leap will present their major production for 2019, "Filling the Space", writes SAMARA PURNELL.

Curtain closes on 42 years of dance

Ausdance National, Australia's peak body for dance, is winding up.

Watch this space when the dancing starts

Ruth Osborne’s Quantum Leap Ensemble is exploring the dynamic relationship of body and architecture in its big annual show, “Filling the Space”, writes arts editor Helen Musa.

Feat of passion, millenniums in the making

An indigenous dance company celebrates 30 years of existence and a heritage that spans thousands of years. Arts editor HELEN MUSA talks to its artistic director.

Dinner party with mesmerising moments

"Natalie Weir’s lyrical, acrobatic choreography makes huge demands on her dancers, though you would hardly guess that from the apparent ease with which each of the dancers execute it," writes dance reviewer BILL STEPHENS.

Free dance project wards of cold with laughter

In free Saturday classes, “IGNITE” will propose different ways to move, interact and explore dancing by experimenting with diverse stimuli and ideas, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

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