Dance Academy is set 18 months after the events of series three of the television show and follows Tara’s journey as she pursues her dream to become a ballerina star.
If you were a fan of the original television series, one that I only discovered in the early hours of the morning on Netflix when I couldn’t sleep (a common occurrence), this is something for you. Even if you haven’t seen the series, you’ll still be able to enjoy the film without knowing what happened in the past on the television show, though there are smaller things aimed towards the fans of the show.
One of the stranger things that I found was why Jordan Rodriguez’s Christian had an American accent sine, from what I remember, he was purely Australian. What happened there?
It was really nice to see all the characters back together again, even if the majority of the film took place in America, whether that be in New York or Austin, though at times it kind of did just feel like a round trip to check back in with everyone. Dance Academy still had it’s young heart and was a piece of light cinema you didn’t have to think about — despite the characters struggles and the pain they go through, it makes it all real.
And for an Australian film that isn’t horror for once (a genre I’m not particularly a fan of, in fact, I despise it as a whole since more often then not, it makes me sick) or an Australian film that isn’t plain disgusting or horrible in the first place (see These Final Hours because it combines both the horror and shitty Australia film perfectly).
It really makes you happy to see that there’s something more out there then horror, gore, sex, and the obscenities of the world, that there can be stories about a girl wanting to be a ballerina and doesn’t need these darker elements to make it “better.”
Use any excuse to go see this film — whether it be taking your daughters, little cousins, little sisters, or even your mother’s. It’ll remind you what it’s like to dream again and what it’s like to be so full of hope.
See it, see it, see it, and prove to the Australian film industry, and the industry as a whole, that more films (and television shows) like Dance Academy need to exist.