Emotions channelled into dance and acrobatics

“Jump First, Ask Later” tells the story of six young "Parkour" performers from Fairfield, Western Sydney, where they met, train and perform their high-risk, hybrid styles of movement and dance. says dance reviewer SAMARA PURNELL.

Event dances on the edge of ideas

“Dance on the edge”... opens up spaces to independent professional dance artists to give them a chance to explore ideas, writes HELEN MUSA.

Canberra dances through a week of celebrations

TODAY, April 29, is International Dance Day and hoofers around the world are celebrating the terpsichorean arts.

Dancer Dalman celebrates 30 years of Mirramu

Dance luminary and 2015 “CityNews” Artist of the Year Elizabeth Cameron Dalman held a private celebration at her property on the edge of Lake George to mark 30 years of Mirramu Creative Arts Centre yesterday, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Gabrielle thrills to having her head in the clouds

Its Sydney Dance Company’s 50th anniversary this year and when the elite troupe comes to Canberra it’ll be in party mood, says arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Emotive routines from young dancers

SAMARA PURNELL enjoys some emotive and exhausting routines from young dancers.

Dancers prepare for a ‘BOLD’ celebration

AFTER a lively start to Liz Lea’s second dance summit, “BOLD II”, the weekend offers more to dance lovers from the broader community. The high...

Arts / Liz has another shot at being Bold

DANCER Liz Lea has been grappling with one of the unfathomable questions in the arts – how to repeat the success of her first...

Arts / Musa faces spears in virtual reality film

“DANCE is actually the first language of our people,” explains dancer David Gulpilil when talking about the new virtual reality film “Carriberrie”. It's accessible to...

Arts / Canberra ballet teachers honoured by Royal Academy

TWO legendary Canberra ballet teachers have been honoured with the "President’s Award" from the Royal Academy of Dance. Lisa Clarke and Kim Harvey, who are...

Arts / Ballet aims to bring fantasy to life

BRINGING "fantasy to life" is The Australian Ballet’s aim as it launches into a completely new children’s production of “Coppélia”, touring through summer as...

Review / Young dancers all hot to trot

Dance / "Hot To Trot". QL2 Dance, Artistic director, Ruth Osborne. At Gorman House until November 25. Reviewed by LEN POWER

Review / Dancing away to renewable energy

Dance / "Energeia". Conceived and directed by Alison Plevey for Australian Dance Party. At Mount Majura Solar Farm November 16-18. Reviewed by Bill Stephens

Fresh Funk kicks up its birthday heels

Dance writer SAMARA PURNELL reports from Fresh Funk's 18th birthday celebration at The Street Theatre on October 27.

Review / Polished, well-rehearsed and dynamic dance

Dance / “Belong”. QL2 at Theatre 3 until October 20. Reviewed by SAMARA PURNELL

Arts / It’s different when it’s men in pink tights

DIRECT from New York, as they say in showbiz, Les Ballets Eloelle's male comedy ballet show, "Men in Pink Tights", is about to seize...

Review / Decades of dance that led to ‘Happiness’

Dance / "Happiness is…Celebrating 40 Years of Canberra Dance Theatre". Directed by Jacqui Simmonds at The Street Theatre. October 14. Reviewed by BILL STEPHENS

Arts / Dance theatre on its toes for the big birthday

THERE are few dance companies in the world that can claim to have been founded by a brilliant international scientist, but Canberra Dance Theatre,...

Review / Triumph of the best-kept dance secret

Dance / "World Superstars of Ballet Gala". At Canberra Theatre, October 2-3. Reviewed by BILL STEPHENS

Arts / Cunningham dancers join the ‘masters’

THE National Gallery of Australia is expanding the parameters of “American Masters” with an international dance residency in collaboration with the Merce Cunningham Trust,...




So, I booked to see a child psychologist… 

"In the daily grind of parenting and the competing demands of family life, it’s hard to zoom out and look at the bigger picture and assess how we as parents are performing," writes Mummy columnist KATE MEIKLE


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