Season 1, Episode 9
Aus. Airdate

10 June, 2010

U.S. Airdate

March 29, 2012


Matt Ford


Cherie Nowlan

Episode Guide

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Heartbeat is the ninth episode of season one of the Australian television series, Dance Academy. It aired on 10 June, 2010 on ABC3 and on March 29, 2012 on TeenNick. The episode was written by Matt Ford.

Episode Overview

Mocking her friends' obsession with teen popstar Myles Kelly, Kat creates a video of her dancing to one of his songs and then posts it on the internet. Much to her amusement, the video becomes a viral hit and catches the attention of Myles Kelly's management, who request her to be a backup dancer in his latest music video. During the shoot, Kat criticises Myle's costumes and choreography, claiming it degrades females, so he challenges her to assist him in creating new choreography and a different style for the music video. When Myles sees Kat's talent, he is extremely impressed with her work ethic and invites her to be a permanent dancer on his tour. Although a romance does blossom between them, Kat decides to not go, believing it is her time to make decisions for herself and not follow other people around. Meanwhile, Christian and Ethan become friendly rivals after Christian helped him on his hip-hop choreography. Ethan starts to view him as a potential threat and this culminates with the two dancing against one another in an attempt to win a place in choreographer Dana Strong's holiday workshop. Christian, in the end proves to be the stronger dancer of the two, however, knowing how much Ethan wants this opportunity more than him, he secretly rejects Dana's offer in favour of allowing Ethan to claim the win.

Recurring Characters

  • Robert Alexander as Mr Kennedy
  • Adam Saunders as Myles Kelly
  • Melanie Vallejo as Dana,
  • Olivia Simone as Tristanne
  • Maz Compton as VJ
  • Morgan Smallbone as Video Clip Director
  • Danielle Cook as Video Clip Dancer
  • Karlee Misipeka as Video Clip Dancer
  • Jessica Stokes as Video Clip Dancer
  • Helen Sweeney as Old Woman


  • "I don't love ballet. We're on speaking terms, mostly." (Kat Karamakov)


Dance Academy S1 E9 Heartbeat
Dance Academy S1 E9 Heartbeat
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