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Dance Academy is an Australian teen dance drama television series created by Samantha Strauss and Joanna Werner. The show premiered on May 31, 2010 on ABC1 and ABC3. In early 2012 it premiered on TeenNick. The series follows the lives of eight students in the Dance Academy; Tara Webster, Katrina Karamakov, Ethan Karamakov, Samuel Lieberman, Abigail Armstrong, Christian Reed, Benjamin Tickle, and Grace Whitney.

Season 1 premiered May 31, 2010and season 2 premiered March 12, 2012.

There are 26 episodes in Season 1, 26 episodes in season 2 and 13 in season 3.

Now a film about the series will be held, that will be release in 2017.

Dance Academy Episodes

Season Number of Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 26 May 31, 2010 July 5, 2010
2 26 February 17, 2012 March 7, 2012
3 13 July 8, 2013 September 30, 2013

Season 1

Ep. No. Title Summary Air Date
1 Learning to Fly style="text-align: center;"|May 31, 2010 style="text-align: center;"|2 Christian is arrested for street gang-crime. Since his only brother won't take him in, academy director Kennedy arranges to save Christian from juvenile detention by assigning him to the dorm and appealing to senior Ethan to be his mentor, but neither knave wants that and Ethan catches Christian stealing his wallet. Sammy has Tara write a list of pros of Ethan, who just dumped another girlfriend, which Abigail finds and sends to everyone. June 1, 2010
3 Behind Barres June 2, 2010
4 Minefield June 3, 2010
5 Real Men Don't Dance June 4, 2010
6 Perfection June 7, 2010
7 Crush Test Dummies Christan shows Ethan some real Australian street hip-hop. Meanwhile, Tara is the self-proclaimed expert on crushes and is happy to educate Kat in every aspect of the mysterious art form. June 8, 2010
8

Growing Pains

Tara is overjoyed by a rumour that she and Damien Lang are dating. Meanwhile, Abigail is unwilling to accept the changes in her developing body. June 9, 2010
9 Heartbeat Kat creates a video of her dancing that becomes an internet success. Meanwhile Ethan views Christian as a friendly rival and the two boys begin to compete with each other. June 10, 2010
10 Through the Looking Glass Christian's best mate Aaron comes to stay and reveals the truth about the robbery they committed. Meanwhile Abigail's control issues are spiralling out of control and she is caught shoplifting. June 11, 2010
11 One Perfect Day Tara is elated when Ethan asks her to dance in his choreographic assessment piece. Is he finally beginning to see her as romantic potential? June 14, 2010
12 Pressure Presure is building at the Academy as the students prepare for exam week. June 15, 2010
13 Family It's Open Week at the Academy when parents watch their children in a series of demonstration classes. June 16, 2010
14 Turning Pointes Kat introduces Tara to her new boyfriend; Abigail struggles to convince her therapist to allow her to return to ballet classes; and Sammy tries to convince Abigail to help him out with ballroom dance classes. June 17, 2010
15 My Life en Pointe Petra Hoffman arrives at the Academy on exchange from the Berlin Ballet School; Kat has been ditching classes to spend time with her new boyfriend; and Tara kisses Christian behind Ethan's back. June 18, 2010
16 Free Falling Kat is upset when her parents ignore her 16th birthday and throws herself a huge party at their harbourfront home in revenge. The house quickly fills with people and events spiral out of control. June 21, 2010
17 A Midsummer's Night's Dream It is school camp and everyone is dreading the trip away, especially Tara who has been made an outcast after the party. June 22, 2010
18 Betty Bunheads German exchange student Petra Hoffman is thrilled when she is invited to stay at the Academy; Abigail is making more trouble for Tara; and Sammy and Abigail have begun secretly kissing. June 23, 2010
19 Fairest and Best Junior footballers from the Institute of Sport have been sent to the Academy for some specialised training. The challenge is on between the dancers and the footballers to prove which is the toughest sport. June 24, 2010
20 Ballet Fever When the Board decides to cut hip hop and jazz from the curriculum Kat goes on the warpath. Tara and Christian find themselves together at the beach and their spark is rekindled. June 25, 2010
21 FOMO: Fear of Missing Out It's a month since Tara's injury and her plaster is due to come off, but Tara sems more focussed on her new boyfriend and planning the school formal than she is in attending her doctor's appointments. June 28, 2010
22 Flight or Fight Response The dat for Christian's robbery hearing has been set but his defence strategy relies on his best mate, Aaron, however Aaron has vanished.Meanwhile the time has come for Tara to go back to dancing. June 29, 2010
23 BFF: Best Friends Forever Christian's conscience gets the better of him and he changes his story to protect his friend. Meanwhile, Ethan has received interest from a dance company in Spain. June 30, 2010
24 Heatwave In the weeks since the court hearing, Sammy and Christian have been inseperable, but when Christian ditches Sammy to spend time with Tara, what Sammy feels is uncomfortably a lot like jealousy. July 1, 2010
25 The Deep End Rehearsals for 'The Nutcracker' are underway and Tara discovers that being the star is not all it's cracked up to be. Sammy is forced to admit that his feelings for Christian have changed. July 2, 2010
26 Learning to Fly, Part 2 The end of year production has arrived. Things don't go smoothly whent the director is not happy with Tara's performance and Abigail hides her costume. July 5, 2010

Season 2

Ep. No. Title Summary Air Date
1 In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated It's a rollercoaster year for Tara and her friends as they begin Second Year at the national Academy. Relationships fall apart as new ones are forged and shaking things up are two new students.
2 Dreamlife Tara finds a new mentor to admire in Saskia Duncan, the youngest principal dancer in the Company's history. Saskia takes Tara under her wing, but gives her a few things to worry about; life if there's a future with Christian.
3 Faux Pas De Deux Kat finally makes friends with the coterie of outcast girls at school, but despite having sworn off dancing, finds herself helping them choreograph a piece for drama class. Meanwhile Ben Tickle is upgraded into second year.
4 Legends Tara's ecstatic when her mentor, Saskia, is appointed to teach the second years at the Academy. But Tara rapidly discovers the 'perfect' Saskia may not be the supportive teacher she hoped for...
5 Showcase After Sebastian questions his son, Ethan, on the impressiveness of his piece at the Showcase, Ethan takes it out on Abigail, his soloist, in an attempt to create a spectacular performance.
6 Like No One's Watching Sammy's little brother Ari arrives at the Academy, throwing Sammy's hectic life schedule into havoc; and Kat auditions to be a football cheerleader, happily encouraged by Ben. While Tara is having self esteem issues.
7 A Choreographed Life Tara feels the time she spend with Christian is impacting her dance study and suggests they 'pause' their relationship.
8 Connectivity Tara decides to take action after realising that Saskia's continual critique of her dancing could jeopardise her mid-year exams, while Christian ditches his partner exam to hang out with Kat.
9 The Break With exams finally over, both the boys and girls go out to let off some steam. However Sammy is tense after failing his exams, Tara's still hurting from her breakup, and Grace decides to stir up trouble.
10 A Good Life Sammy returns home for his Grandpa Morrie's funeral and to ask his father to support his Academy tuition. An act of sabotage severs frenemies Tara and Abigail.
11 Self Sabotage Grace encourages Tara to take action against Sakia's spiteful treatment of her; Kat commences training for the Moulin Rouge which leads her to a bug realisation; and Sammy is assigned a tutor, Ollie.
12 Breaking Pointe Tara's preparations for the Prix de Fonteyn are struck with a devastating blow when Saskia's bullying results in an injury. Meanwhile, Kat convinces Miss Raine to grant her an audition to return to the Academy.
13 Backstab Determined to prove Saskia wrong, Tara risks serious injury and possible expulsion from the Academy by competing in the Prix de Fonteyn Preliminary round.
14 Rescue Mission Tara runs into Ben who's volunteering in the hospital's leukaemia ward performance. Tara discovers Ben's deepest secret. Back at the Academy, Kat struggles with the culture shock of First Year.
15 Moving On

Tara negotiates her return to the Academy after being expelled. Meanwhile, Ethan's search for ongoing employment leads him to a position choreographing a fringe musical.

16 Origins Sammy gets a second chance at the Prix de Fonteyn when he takes a road trip with Ollie to audition for the regional round. Sammy's feelings resurface and Christian invites himself along on the trip.
17 Love and War The rivalry escalates between the first and second year students resulting in a dance battle; and Tara becomes unhinges when Grace entices her to become less serious.
18 Catch Me If I Fall During an excursion to the circus, Christian's dad makes promises he's unable to keep; Tara tries to repair her friendship with Kat, and Sammy goes public with his new romance.
19 The Naturals Tara opens herself up to love again and hunts for a new crush, Finn tries to convince Abigail to be the star of his new show, and Grace goes to extreme lengths to get Zach's attention.
20 Tick, Question Mark, Cross Abigail's forced to make a choice between her ballet and the fringe musical. Her situation intensifies when her mother, Anthea, unexpectedly arrives. Meanwhile, Sammy tires of Ollie's persistent criticism.
21 Ladder Theory Ben attempts to out-psyche Christian during the National Prix de Fonteyn round and Sammy's father is attending the Prix to watch him dance for the first time in years.
22 Win or Lose Grace's father retracts a promise to visit her at the Academy, her self-assurance spirals. Christian's bounce back from his Prix de Fonteyn elimination drives him towards some reckless behaviour.
23 Love it or Fight it During rehearsals of Peter Pan, Ben uses various tactics to prove to Tara that he's a lead man; while Kat's efforts to research her character in the production lead to a realisation about her relationship.
24 The Prix de Fonteyn The Prix de Fonteyn is two days away. Tara is stunned as Grace has returned to Sydney as representative for the UK team. The students' lives are changed forever when a tragedy strikes the Academy...
25 The Second After a sudden tragedy, the Academy students must find a way to come together and help each other out in this time of darkness.
26 The Red Shoes Abigail and Tara join forces to go head-to-head with a formidable enemy. Christian has to choose betweent the girl he loves and the desire to escapse and Ben is offered an opportunity of a lifetime.

Season 3

Ep.No. Title Summary Air Date
1 Glue 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 fil-in roles in the corps de ballet. July 8, 2013
2 New Rules On their first day as fill-in dancers, Tara, Grace and Ben encounter cliques in the corps de ballet. Meanwhile, Christian has no interest in going back to the Academy. July 15, 2013
3 Second Chances Kat struggles to stay positive and her determination to advance into Third Year is morphing into dangerous patterns. Meanwhile, Grace plays match-maker, and Christian's lost his place at the Academy July 22, 2013
4 Short Cut Clause Ben is flattered when Saskia offers to be his mentor and it becomes clear there's potential for them to dance together brilliantly. Lured by the promise of greatness, Ben is torn between the chance to fast-track his ambitions and his loyalty to Tara.

Back at the Academy, Tara worries about Kat but has no idea how to help her; and Abigail and Christian disturb everyone with their new unlikely friendship based on causing mayhem.

July 29, 2013
5 Negative Patterns With the Company's Sydney season of Giselle coming to an end, it's almost time for Grace, Tara and Ben to give up their temporary places. However, Saskia has different plans for her protégé, Ben, and arranges a special audition with the Company's artistic director.

Meanwhile, Grace's world implodes when she's rejected by her new friends and Miss Raine confides that her new romance with Marcus has become more serious. Plus, Zach continues to give Christian special treatment by allowing him to participate in a music video Ollie is producing.

August 5, 2013
6 Fake It Until You Make It While the Third Years rehearse for their upcoming regional tour, the Academy goes a little Hollywood when a film crew arranges to use their building as a location for a new indie movie. Abigail defies Miss Raine and auditions for one of the minor acting roles.

Meanwhile, love might be in the air but the right people aren't cast as Romeo and Juliet. Grace does everything she can to undermine a new relationship so that her position on the tour is guaranteed.

August 12, 2013
7 Graceland The Third Years are having the time of their lives on the road performing in country towns across Australia, but they are prioritising fun over performance. Zach promises to shake up the cast list if they don't start committing.

A different side to Grace emerges on tour, while competition between Ben and Christian erupts and Abigail tries to distance herself from what happened in Barcelona.

Back at the Academy, Kat clashes with the movie's third assistant director, Jamie (Sean Keenan).

August 19, 2013
8 Travelling Light

On the final leg of their tour, the Third Years are invited to a traditional Indigenous ceremony and return the hospitality by offering a dance class to the local kids. Christian finds he is an unexpectedly good teacher, while Tara and Ben struggle with the realisation that their onstage chemistry is underwhelming.

Meanwhile, Abigail tries to claim the solo role in the contemporary ballet but is blocked by past disappointment; and Kat's insecurities grow until an inevitable confrontation forces her to see an enemy in a new light.

August 26, 2013
9 Don't Let Me Down Gently A career-making performance opportunity brings out the best and worst in everyone, and an injury that sidelines Ollie prompts him to use someone to get ahead.

Meanwhile, Kat finds it hard to readjust to her regular ballet life.

September 2, 2013
10 N'FEKTD Christian and Ollie prepare for Streetbeatz, a major hip hop competition; Kat prepares to audition for a minor role in Coppelia; and Ben takes a stab at revenge. September 9, 2013
11 Start Of An Era

The countdown to the final Company auditions has begun when suddenly it's a whole new playing field, and Christian and Tara come to a final resolution about their relationship.

Kat joins forces with Ben and Grace to inject some fun back into the end of the school year and Abigail and Ollie get the offer of their lives but at the worst time possible.

September 16, 2013
12 The Perfect Storm

The dancers have finally reached the ultimate test as auditions for the National Ballet Company have arrived. These auditions bring superstitions, old competitive battle lines and the performances that will determine the rest of their lives.

Meanwhile, Kat struggles with life in the spotlight and how much it means to her to be a success.

September 23, 2013
13 Not For Nothing

During the final episode of Dance Academy, it's judgment day. The Third Years sit before the Company panel and learn their fate - whether they'll be offered a professional contract with the National Ballet Company or not.

Meanwhile, one of the gang is transported on a very different journey.

September 30, 2013

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