Dance Academy: The Movie

Out Now On-Demand

Big city. Bigger dreams.

Follow-up to the twice Emmy-nominated Australian TV series that saw a group of teens through the ups and downs of training at the elite National Academy of Dance. Stars Miranda Otto.

Picking up eighteen months after the television series finale, the characters have moved on from the Academy and are living very different lives. Tara (Xenia Goodwin) was destined to become one of the top dancers of her generation but suffered a devastating injury that crippled her career. Can she make a comeback when she discovers what being defined by a dream really means?

FilmInk (Australia)

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Dance Academy fans will already be on board for the feature-length continuing adventures of Tara and company, but newcomers will have a good time, too.

News Corp (Australia)

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Director Jeffrey Walker ... doesn’t mess around with the proven formula. Instead, he applies a dancer’s rigour to the steps we already know.

Sydney Morning Herald

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Grounded in a more realistic tradition of young adult fiction.

The Guardian (UK)

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Subversive entertainment it ain't. But nor is this well-paced yarn - with pleasing albeit narrowly scoped performances from a perky cast - bereft of pleasantries and surprises.

Herald Sun (Australia)

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The old-fashion story path navigated here (much of which takes place in the US) is a lot more downbeat and realistic about the plight of young performers than many viewers will expect. The movie as a whole is all the better for it.

Daily Telegraph (Australia)

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Walker exhibits admirable restraint in the face of such potentially overwrought romantic tropes, refusing to milk the emotional moments, encouraging his actors to underplay the key scenes. The characters' self-deprecating humour also serves the film well.