Dance Academy

The WORST episodes of Dance Academy

Every episode of Dance Academy ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Dance Academy!

Fifteen-year-old Tara Webster has grown up on a farm in country Australia and has dreamt of being a dancer ever since she was a little girl. Her life takes a turn when she makes it into the National Academy of Dance - the best ballet school in the country. What Tara doesn’t realise is how far behind she is in her training, and that there’s a whole lot more to surviving the Academy than just dancing. The ballet world is full of tough competition, and Tara must work hard to maintain her position in the academy, whilst dealing with the distraction of friends, classmates and especially boys.

Last Updated: 7/30/2022Network: ABC3
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Ballet Fever
star
7.38
34 votes

#1 - Ballet Fever

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 6/25/2010

When the Board decides to cut hip hop and jazz from the curriculum Kat goes on the warpath. Tara and Christian find themselves together at the beach and their spark is rekindled.

Directors: Ian Gilmour
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Through the Looking Glass
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7.56
62 votes

#2 - Through the Looking Glass

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/11/2010

Christian's best mate Aaron comes to stay and reveals the truth about the robbery they committed. Meanwhile, Abigail's control issues are spiralling out-of-control and she is caught shoplifting.

Directors: Cherie Nowlan
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Pressure
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7.59
64 votes

#3 - Pressure

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 6/15/2010

Pressure is building at the Academy as the students prepare for exam week. Tara tries to ignore her recent 'almost-pash' with Ethan so she can focus on her exams; however it's not as easy as she'd hoped. When Ethan attempts to kiss her again, Tara makes a quick exit. Remembering how awkward their first kiss was, she doesn't want to ruin her chances with a terrible second kiss as well and so Tara recruits Kat and Sammy for help.

Directors: Jeffrey Walker
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Fairest & Best
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7.69
32 votes

#4 - Fairest & Best

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 6/24/2010

Junior footballers from the Institute of Sport have been sent to the National Academy for a week of specialised training in order to improve their elevation, coordination and flexibility. Tension between the footballers and male dancers erupts and they set a challenge to prove who has the toughest sport. The footballers must learn a routine and dance it with no mistakes, while the ballet boys must score once against the footballers in a game of touch football. Meanwhile, Tara is caught up in her own competition; Miss Raine has pitted her against Abigail in nightly private classes, intending to use their rivalry to drive each other harder.

Directors: Ian Gilmour
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Betty Bunheads
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7.70
30 votes

#5 - Betty Bunheads

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 6/23/2010

German exchange student Petra Hoffman is thrilled when she is invited to stay at the Academy. However, when the Berlin Ballet Company offers her a contract, she has a difficult choice to make — her lifelong dream or the chance to spend the next few years as a teenager? Whilst Abigail is making more trouble for Tara, Kat tries to make amends after having disappointed a younger dancer. At the same time Sammy and Abigail have begun secretly kissing, but while Sammy wants the relationship public, Abigail insists it remains behind closed doors.

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Faus Pax de Deux
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7.76
55 votes

#6 - Faus Pax de Deux

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/14/2012

Kat finally makes friends with the coterie of outcast girls at school, but despite having sworn off dancing, finds herself helping them choreograph a piece for drama class and approaches Tara, Sammy and Christian to help her teach the schoolgirls. First Year student Ben Tickle is upgraded to Second Year. He's cute and brimming with energy but has a knack of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Uninhibited, he throws himself a 'welcome to Second Year party' and attempts to find new mates in Christian and Sammy.

Directors: Ian Watson
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Second Chances
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7.79
24 votes

#7 - Second Chances

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/22/2013

Kat struggles to stay positive and her determination to advance into Third Year is morphing into dangerous patterns. Meanwhile, Grace plays match-maker, and Christian's lost his place at the Academy.

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Glue
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7.82
55 votes

#8 - Glue

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/8/2013

It's three weeks into Third Year and Tara and her friends are already feeling the pressure. Speculation bubbles when the National Ballet Company announces it needs three temporary fill-in roles in the corps de ballet.

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Behind Barres
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7.84
43 votes

#9 - Behind Barres

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/2/2010

When Tara's crush on Ethan threatens to derail her friendship with Kat, Sammy gets her to write a pros and cons list to clear her head. As the roommate war escalates, Abigail wins a decisive victory — emailing Tara's list to the whole school. Christian finds himself in police custody and, with nowhere else to go, has to accept his place at the Academy.

Directors: Jeffrey Walker
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Short Cut Clause
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7.88
24 votes

#10 - Short Cut Clause

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/29/2013

Ben is flattered when Saskia offers to be his mentor and it becomes clear there's potential for them to dance together brilliantly; and Abigail and Christian disturb everyone with their unlikely friendship.

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One Perfect Day
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7.97
60 votes

#11 - One Perfect Day

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/14/2010

Tara is elated when Ethan asks her to dance in his choreographic assessment piece. Is he finally beginning to see her as a romantic potential? But when she arrives at the studio to find Ethan engrossed in conversation with his mentor — the talented, gorgeous and much older Dana Strong — it's obvious who Ethan has his sights on. Eager to impress Dana with his talents as a choreographer, Ethan pushes Tara mercilessly to dance better. Meanwhile, Kat, Sammy , Abigail and her younger sister Paige head to Luna Park for the day. Abigail struggles to connect with Paige who would prefer to be in the company of Kat and Sammy.

Directors: Cherie Nowlan
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Negative Patterns
star
8.00
18 votes

#12 - Negative Patterns

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/5/2013

Saskia arranges a special audition with the Company's artistic director for her protégé, Ben. Grace's world implodes; and Zach allows Christian to participate in a music video Ollie is producing.

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Week Zero
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8.02
112 votes

#13 - Week Zero

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/1/2010

Tara arrives at the Academy excited about the year ahead. As she struggles to fit in, she learns the hard way to respect her teachers and find true friends.

Directors: Jeffrey Walker
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Family
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8.06
88 votes

#14 - Family

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 6/16/2010

It's Open Week at the Academy, when parents watch their children in a series of demonstration classes. Tara is thrilled to see her mum and dad again but when they arrive she is embarrassed that they're not as sophisticated as everyone else's parents. Later, Tara is shocked when her mum tells her the farm is in serious financial trouble. Tara realises that family is the most important thing and makes a very difficult decision about her future. Meanwhile, Kat feels betrayed that Natasha has reneged on a family holiday she'd promised in order to dance in yet another international ballet. Sammy also suffers disappointment when his father fails to attend any classes, and he is left wondering if his father will ever accept that he wants to be a dancer.

Directors: Jeffrey Walker
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Fake It Until You Make It
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8.13
23 votes

#15 - Fake It Until You Make It

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/12/2013

While the Third Years rehearse for their upcoming regional tour, the Academy goes a little Hollywood when a film crew arranges to use their building as a location for a new indie movie. Abigail defies Miss Raine and auditions for one of the minor acting roles. Meanwhile, love might be in the air but the right people aren't cast as Romeo and Juliet. Grace does everything she can to undermine a new relationship so that her position on the tour is guaranteed.

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Growing Pains
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8.14
97 votes

#16 - Growing Pains

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/9/2010

Tara's sick of being the youngest and hates that Ethan sees her as just a little kid. So when Tara is seen talking with Damien Lang, a soloist in the Company and a local boy from Tara's home town, a rumour is spread that they are dating. Tara is overjoyed by this rumour but when it becomes a scandal that jeopardises Damien's career, Tara is forced to admit the humiliating truth. Meanwhile, Abigail is unwilling to accept the changes in her developing body.

Directors: Cherie Nowlan
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Perfection
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8.22
94 votes

#17 - Perfection

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/7/2010

Tara is stunned to learn Kat's mother is Natasha Willis — a world-acclaimed ballerina and Tara's greatest idol. Meanwhile, Sammy's perfect girlfriend Mia has unexpectedly returned from an overseas exchange and he's torn between his loyalty to Mia and his new-found attraction to Abigail.

Directors: Ian Gilmour
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Origins
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8.31
51 votes

#18 - Origins

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 4/5/2012

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.

Directors: Ian Watson
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My Life En Pointe
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8.35
60 votes

#19 - My Life En Pointe

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 6/18/2010

Petra Hoffman arrives at the Academy on exchange from the Berlin Ballet School; Kat has been ditching class to spend time with her new boyfriend; and Tara kisses Christian behind Ethan's back.

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A Choreographed Life
star
8.35
51 votes

#20 - A Choreographed Life

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/21/2012

Tara's concern about the time she spends with Christian impacting her dance study leads to her to suggest they 'pause' their relationship. 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.

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Travelling Light
star
8.36
45 votes

#21 - Travelling Light

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/26/2013

On the final leg of their tour, the Third Years are invited to a traditional Indigenous ceremony and return the hospitality by offering a dance class to the local kids. Christian finds he is an unexpectedly good teacher, while Tara and Ben struggle with the realisation that their onstage chemistry is underwhelming. Meanwhile, Abigail tries to claim the solo role in the contemporary ballet but is blocked by past disappointment; and Kat's insecurities grow until an inevitable confrontation forces her to see an enemy in a new light.

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In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated
star
8.36
56 votes

#22 - In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/12/2012

After a perfect summer holiday with her boyfriend Christian, Tara returns to the Academy to begin her second year. On her arrival is the news that the Prix de Fonteyn — a very prestigious ballet competition — will be hosted in Sydney. Tara is excited to be chosen to perform a solo in the launch celebration at the Opera House, but faces some serious competition in the form of Grace — a beautiful young dancer who studied at the Royal Ballet School and is Miss Raine's goddaughter. Excited to reconnect with her friends Kat and Sammy, it quickly becomes apparent to Tara that it will be a strange year as Sammy works multiple jobs to pay his tuition and BBF Kat is no longer at the Academy. Abigail has undertaken counselling during the break and tries to transform herself into a 'nice' person; and to the surprise of Christian and ex-girlfriend, Abigail, Sammy is also kissing lots of girls in the little spare time he has.

Directors: Ian Watson
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Turning Pointes
star
8.36
61 votes

#23 - Turning Pointes

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 6/17/2010

Tara returns from the school holidays on top of the world — she has great friends, a gorgeous boyfriend, the first year scholarship, and is finally allowed to dance en pointe. Kat introduces Tara to her new boyfriend Lucas, a 'diplobrat' she met while on holiday with her mother in Europe. Tara immediately dislikes him but doesn't reveal her aversion to Kat, who convinces Tara to go to a warehouse party in the city which ends in Tara calling Christian for help. What has Kat done to make Tara upset? Meanwhile, Abigail is struggling to convince her therapist to allow her to return to ballet classes after her collapse last semester. Sammy, who has been her constant companion throughout the holidays, tries to convince Abigail to help him out with the ballroom dance classes that he is giving for his grandmother and her friends.

Directors: Ian Gilmour
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Breaking Pointe
star
8.37
49 votes

#24 - Breaking Pointe

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/29/2012

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.

Directors: Ian Gilmour
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Learning To Fly, Part 1
star
8.47
116 votes

#25 - Learning To Fly, Part 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/31/2010

Country girl Tara Webster travels to Sydney to audition for the prestigious National Academy of Dance. It's a tumultuous week as she realises her dream of becoming a dancer is going to be a lot more difficult than she ever anticipated.

Directors: Jeffrey Walker
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