Dance movie a Step Up from usual fare
While it's no Black Swan, it feels grittier and edgier than its natural US counterpart – the Step Up series.
Dance Academy (PG) Directed by JeffreyWalker Starring Xenia Goodwin, Thomas Lacey, Tara Morice, Miranda Otto 101 mins 1⁄
2 Samantha Strauss’ script may contain more than enough soap to whip its young target audience into a lather, but its allied to characters and concerns that feel real, even if it all feels a little too action-packed.
Director Jeffrey Walker, best known for his TV work on the likes of Rake and Modern Family, keeps the wish fulfilment and New York and Sydney tourism video-esque moments grounded by more human moments and impressive dance sequences that are organic, rather than forced into the plot.
Equally impressive are the soundtrack, which mixes Swift with Sia, and a nice line in selfaware cynicism. ‘‘I’m not a dying hero in a John Green novel,’’ quips the potential romantic male lead.
The best teen dance movie since Save the Last Dance. - James Croot.
Based on the popular Aussie TV series that ran for 65 episodes and three seasons from 2010 to 2013, Dance Academy is a hugely likeable and enjoyable slice of teen drama.