Dance movie a Step Up from usual fare

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While it's no Black Swan, it feels grit­tier and edgier than its nat­u­ral US coun­ter­part – the Step Up se­ries.

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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.

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