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“Behind Barres”
Season 1, Episode 3
Aus. Airdate

2 June, 2010

U.S. Airdate

March 2, 2012


Sam Carroll


Jeffrey Walker

Episode Guide

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"Behind Barres" is the third episode of season one of the Australian television series, Dance Academy. It aired on 2 June, 2010 on ABC3 and on March 2, 2012 on TeenNick. The episode was written by Sam Carroll.

Episode Overview

Tara practices dancing in the studio behind a bar. Christian and some friends get arrested. Christian is told that it will be months until he goes to court, and that he can be released to his parents. However, Christian's mom is dead, and his father abandoned him. When he calls his brother, he does not pick up. Mr. Kennedy explains to Christian that he can stay at the Academy under bail conditions. Tara wants to move in with Kat, but Abigail refuses to sign the room swap form. Determined to make Abigail change her mind, Kat sets about playing practical jokes on her until she relents. Meanwhile, Tara's crush on Ethan is growing more intense every day, but she discovers Kat won't tolerate friends dating her brother. Sammy is concerned that Tara's crush will ruin their friendship and tries to help her realise this by writing a pros and cons list about Ethan... But all it does is make Tara more convinced of her feelings for him. As the roommate war escalates, Abigail wins a decisive victory — emailing Tara's list to the whole school Ethan isn't the only boy complicating Tara's life. Christian, who Tara clashed with during auditions, has arrived at the Academy and seems determined to antagonise her. However, Christian is preoccupied with a secret of his own - he was arrested by the police after committing a robbery, and is forced to stay at the Academy as part of his bail conditions.

Recurring Characters

  • Tara Morice as Miss Raine
  • Robert Alexander as Mr Kennedy
  • Cariba Heine as Isabelle
  • Alice Markinson as Legal Aid Office
  • Luke Bracey as Aaron
  • Neal Horton as Joel
  • Elizabeth McLean as Policewoman
  • David Palfrey as Policeman
  • Judd Wild as Christian Stunt Double
  • Ben Toyer as Aaron Stunt Double


  • Isabelle breaks up with Ethan in this episode.
  • Abigail emails the entire school Tara's 'Pro's and Con's' list.


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Dance Academy S1 E3 Behind Barres