Dance Academy: The Comeback (2018)



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Former ballet student, Tara Webster, was destined to become one of the top dancers of her generation before a devastating injury crippled her career. Over the last eighteen months she has tried to embrace life as a university student but cannot get over her dream of dancing professionally. In her quest to defy the odds in a near impossible comeback, Tara leaves her life and love behind in Sydney and travels to New York. But as the rejections pile up, and Tara tears herself apart trying to fit the unrelenting ballet mould, she must learn to find, and trust, her own voice before she loses everything that truly matters in the pursuit of a dream.

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Xenia Goodwin
as Tara Webster
Alicia Banit
as Kat Karamakov
Dena Kaplan
as Abigail Armstrong
Jordan Rodrigues
as Christian Reed
Keiynan Lonsdale
as Ollie Lloyd
Thomas Lacey
as Ben Tickle
Miranda Otto
as Madeline Moncur
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All Critics (15)

Xenia Goodwin projects an ethereal quality when she dances -- and even in other scenes -- so I was drawn to her character. I also love the sensitive way romance is integrated into this endearing dance film.

Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Captivating, graceful story of young dancers on the verge.

Mar 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's a realness to these characters and their journey that makes this worth a look.

May 31, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

I liked the Emma Stone-Ryan Gosling song and dance romance-drama, but for me Dance Academy feels more real. It has something about it that is more dramatic, more emotional, more complex.

Apr 14, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Strauss is a writer of real flair. A former teen dancer, she knows the milieu like the back of her hand and is not ashamed to take delight in an all-Aussie phrase like "pity pash".

Apr 12, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The dialogue isn't exactly sparkling. It's matter-of-fact at best, cliched at worst, but Tara and friends are easy to like. The ballet movie tradition is well served.

Apr 12, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dance Academy: The Comeback


As a big screen transition for an award winning Australian Kids/TV Show, 'Dance Academy' doesn't disappoint. While the TV show was about teenagers willing to prove their worth to the world as dances in a prestigious 'National Academy of Dance', this film examines the underlining themes of whether or not the dreams of our youth are really relevant when we're older. For the series protagonist Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin) it's about trying to regain a passion that's truly defined her well after having a terrible accident, as well as valuing friendships that come into play with her undying passion. While this film might fall for the usual tropes associated with chasing after one's dreams, I don't think it could have worked well without the exceptional cast who've played these characters throughout the TV series successful 3 season run, seeing them as young adults in these roles was both endearing and refreshing like reuniting with old school friends. The film primarily ditches the soapy tone of the TV series in favour of a more bigger scale drama in both the cinematography and the locations as much of the film's action takes place in America. The direction is as fine as ever from Jeffery Walker who contributed to the TV series. While the dance choreography is as fine as ever, if there's a montage sequence that doesn't involve dance it pads the moment out a little too long. Overall, it's a very worthy continuation of the TV Series, endearing as it's entertaining, and bound to put a smile on one's face by the very end.

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