Dance Academy - Series 2

Synopsis

It’s Second Year at the Academy, and the stakes are high in the lead up to the world’s premiere ballet competition, the Prix de Fonteyn.

Tara returns to the National Academy of Dance, with the goal of representing Australia in the world’s most prestigious ballet competition. But, perhaps she should be more focused on just surviving Second Year, where, having climbed to the top in her first year at the Academy – in dance, in life, in love - she now has a very long way to fall.

Episodes

Episode 1 In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

Tara reunites with her friends for second year at the Academy, and discovers the exciting news that they can compete in a prestigious ballet competition to determine the best young dancer in the world.

Episode 2 Dreamlife

Tara finds a new hero in Saskia Duncan, the youngest principal dancer in the Company’s history, and a new worry about her future with Christian. Meanwhile, Abigail searches for dirt to remove talented Grace from Second Year.

Episode 3 Faux Pas De Deux

Kat’s struggle to find friends at normal school brightens, when she’s able to choreograph a project for drama class. While an exuberant first year, Ben Tickle, is elevated into Second Year and eagerly seeks new friends.

Episode 4 Legends

Tara’s overjoyed when Company starlet, Saskia Duncan, is appointed to teach the Academy Second Years; and Ethan rebels against Sebastian’s suppression of his choreography skills.

Episode 5 Showcase

Ethan clashes with Abigail, in his attempt to create a spectacular dance performance for Showcase, while Tara finds it hard to compete with Christian’s old friend, Kaylah.

Episode 6 Like No One's Watching

Sammy’s little brother, Ari, arrives at the Academy, throwing Sammy’s hectic schedule into havoc. Kat auditions to be a football cheerleader, happily encouraged by Ben. Meanwhile, Tara is having self esteem issues, when it comes to the looks department.

Episode 7 A Choreographed Life

Tara’s concern about the time she spends with Christian impacting her dance study leads to her to suggest they ‘pause’ their relationship, and Ben tries to impress Kat through an ambitious choreography assignment. Meanwhile, Grace has cause to be jealous, when Abigail and Ethan continue to work closely together.

Episode 8 Connectivity

Realising that Saskia’s continuing critique of her dancing could jeopardise her mid-year exams, Tara takes action, while Christian ditches his pas de deux exam to hang out with Kat. Wired on energy drinks, an overtired Sammy kids himself that he’s blitzing exams, and puts Abigail in danger as a result.

Episode 9 The Break

Exams are over, and, with one night of freedom, both the boys and the girls go on a mission to prove they’ll have more fun without each other.

Episode 10 A Good Life

Sammy returns home for his Grandpa Morrie’s funeral, and to ask his father to support his Academy tuition. While an act of sabotage severs frenemies Tara and Abigail, and Kat auditions for the Moulin Rouge.

Episode 11 Self Sabotage

Grace encourages Tara to take action against Saskia’s cruel treatment of her; Kat commences training for the Moulin Rouge and Sammy is assigned a Third Year, Ollie, as a tutor to get him through his exams.

Episode 12 Breaking Pointe

Saskia’s bullying of Tara results in a painful injury. Kat convinces Miss Raine to grant her an audition to return to the Academy, but has to let Abigail train her.

Episode 13 Backstab

Tara risks serious injury and possible expulsion to compete in the Prix de Fonteyn Preliminary Round, and Kat is on top of the world, when she’s allowed back into the Academy.

Episode 14 Rescue Mission

Whilst recovering from her broken back, Tara discovers a hidden side to Ben, who is volunteering in a hospital leukaemia ward performance; and Kat tries to settle into First Year.

Episode 15 Moving On

As Tara negotiates her return to the Academy, Ethan’s search for ongoing employment leads him to accept a position choreographing a fringe musical.

Episode 16 Origins

Sammy and Ollie’s friendship heads into unchartered territory, when they go on a road trip so that Sammy can compete in a Prix de Fonteyn regional round, while Christian joins them to reconnect with his estranged father, Raf.

Episode 17 Love and War

The escalating conflict between the First and Second Years results in a showdown, to determine which year has the greatest talent, and Tara becomes unhinged, when Grace tempts her to get less serious.

Episode 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 about his new romance.

Episode 19 The Nationals

Tara hunts for a new crush, while the director of a fringe musical tries to convince Abigail to be the star of his show, and Grace goes to increasing lengths to get Zach’s attention.

Episode 20 Tick, Question Mark, Cross

Abigail’s best efforts to balance her ballet commitments with the fringe musical splinter, when a leaked staff email discounts her chances in the Prix de Fonteyn and her over-supportive mother Anthea unexpectedly arrives at the Academy.

Episode 21 Ladder Theory

The Academy students experience stinging prejudice from the judges during the National Round of the Prix de Fonteyn, just as Sammy’s father visits the competition, to watch his son dance for the first time in years.

Episode 22 Win or Lose

Grace continues to make a play for Zach’s attention, leading her to manufacture a serious accusation; as Christian’s resolve to bounce back from his Prix de Fonteyn elimination drives him toward some reckless behaviour.

Episode 23 Love It or Fight It

Ben tries a variety of tactics in rehearsals for ‘Peter Pan’, to prove to Tara that he’s a leading man, while Kat’s efforts to research her character in the production lead to a realisation about her relationship with Christian.

Episode 24 The Prix De Fonteyn

Sammy decides to alter his Prix de Fonteyn solo one day before the start of the International Round, while Tara encounters a new-old nemesis in the girls’ competition.

Episode 25 The Second

Fighting shock and numbness after a sudden tragedy, Tara is struggling to find her motivation as a dancer. Meanwhile, Abigail attempts to block her grief by immersing herself in a prestigious audition for a contemporary company tour.

Episode 26 The Red Shoes

Abigail and Tara join forces, to go head-to-head with a formidable enemy, and Christian has to choose between being with the girl he loves, and his desire to escape.

Running Time
26 x 24 min

Production Company
Werner Film Productions

Language
English

Genre
Drama Live Action

Awards

2013 Kidscreen Awards
Winner – Best Companion Website

2012 Asian Television Awards
Highly Commended – Best Children's Programme

2012 ATOM Awards
Winner– Best Children's Fiction Television Program