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As parents you often find yourself immersed in the tv shows that our kids watch (someone’s got to make sure they are suitable after all!) And after many years of finding the map (thanks Dora), or calling out for the pups to save us (thanks Paw Patrol) it’s a pleasure to follow some less animated characters on the screen.

One of our favorites, DANCE ACADEMY is out this week at the movies and we may just be putting our hand up to take the kids to this one! Continuing the story of global phenomenon and incredibly successful two-time Emmy nominated Australian television series of the same name. The series saw a group of teenagers through the ups-and-downs of elite dance training at the National Academy of Dance. Picking up eighteen months after the television series finale, the much-loved characters have moved on from the Academy and are living very different lives.

DanceAcademy_A4poster_PGFormer ballet student, Tara (Xenia Goodwin), was destined to become one of the top dancers of her generation before a devastating injury crippled her career. Tara tries to move on and embrace life as a university student but cannot get over her dream of dancing professionally. Haunted by the night she was injured, Tara embarks on a near impossible comeback. Leaving her life and love behind in Sydney, Tara is determined to prove to the ballet world and to herself that she still has what it takes.

As the rejections pile up, Tara fiercely tries to fit the unrelenting ballet mould, straining herself and the relationships with the people that care for her. She realises she has to find, and trust, her own voice before she loses everything that truly matters. This journey will take Tara far from home, reuniting with her Academy friends, ex-loves and former enemies, all still chasing their dreams after graduation in their own ways. But from New York to Texas and then finally onto the world stage, it’s only when Tara finally achieves everything she ever wanted that she discovers where she truly belongs – somewhere she never would have expected. Tara discovers what being defined by a dream really means.

With all the familiar favourites from the original series and some new faces, DANCE ACADEMY is a heartwarming story of ordinary people fighting to achieve their extraordinary dreams. In cinemas April 6.

Visit www.danceacademymovie.com.au

WIN // 1 of 3 family passes (admit 4) to see Dance Academy in cinemas from April 6! Entries close Monday 10 April and only winners will be notified. Good luck!

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