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“Learning to Fly, Part 1”
Season 1, Episode 1
Aus. Airdate

31 May, 2010

U.S. Airdate

February 20, 2012


Samantha Strauss


Jeffrey Walker

Episode Guide



Week Zero

"Learning to Fly, Part 1" is the series premiere of the Australian television series, Dance Academy. It aired on 31 May, 2010 on ABC3 and on February 20, 2012 on TeenNick. The episode was written by Samantha Strauss.

Episode Overview

15-year-old Tara Webster travels to Sydney to audition for the most prestigious ballet school in the country, the National Academy of Dance. Tara is confident that all her dreams are about to come true. What Tara doesn't realise is that there's more to surviving life at the Academy than just dancing. It's a tumultuous week as she realises her dream of becoming a dancer is going to be a lot more difficult than she ever anticipated. But in the end Tara discovers an unlikely ally in Kat, a sophisticated enemy in Abigail, been spotted undressed in the boys' toilets by bad boy Christian, and developed a crush on the school's golden boy, Ethan. Suddenly her world is a much bigger, scarier place.

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

  • Tara Morice as Miss Raine
  • Robert Alexander as Mr Kennedy
  • Steve Vidler as Neil Webster 
  • Josef Brown as Patrick
  • Anne Looby as Dr Wicks 
  • Olivia Cianci as Georgia 
  • Claire Cohen as Hazel
  • Matt Lee as Sean
  • Tahlia Gavin as Young Tara
  • Stephen Multari as Tim


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Dance Academy S1 E1 Learning to Fly