Strictly Ballroom’s Tara Morice will head up the ABC’s new children’s drama series, Dance Academy, which begins shooting in Sydney today.
Joining her in the 26-part series are Home & Away’s Jordan Rodrigues, AFI Best Young Actor nominee Tom Green, Dena Kaplan (Flight of the Conchords) and Tim Pocock (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
Newcomer Xenia Goodwin plays 15-year-old, ‘Tara Webster’,who has grown up on a farm in outback Australia and has always dreamt of becoming a dancer. When she makes it into the National Academy of Dance, the best school in the country, she is sure her life will change spectacularly.
The series is being produced by Joanna Werner’s (H20: Just Add Water, The Elephant Princess) production company, Werner Film Productions, for ABC TV and ZDF (Germany) which was a backer of Elephant Princess. It will premiere on ABC1 and ABC3 next year.
Joanna Werner, said: “I am excited to be starting the shoot for Dance Academy today and I am delighted the series will screen on ABC TV. After years of development and months of casting we have now assembled a fabulous cast and crew to help realize this exciting new teen drama.”
ABC TV’s Childrens Head of Commissioning and Development, Carla De Jong, said: “I am absolutely thrilled with the calibre of talent, both off and on screen. Dance Academy has been in development with ABC TV for just over a year and we very much look forward to sharing this landmark series with our audience.”
Auditions for the drama were held earlier this year in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.