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“Real Men Don't Dance”
Season 1, Episode 5
Aus. Airdate

4 June, 2010

U.S. Airdate

March 16, 2012


Michael Miller


Jeffrey Walker

Episode Guide




"Real Men Don't Dance" is the fifth episode of season one of the Australian television series, Dance Academy. It aired on 4 June, 2010 on ABC3 and on March 16, 2012 on TeenNick. The episode was written by Michael Miller.

Episode Overview

Sammy's father does not want his son to be a dancer but agreed to let him attend the Academy on the condition that it would not interfere with his academic studies or with proper religious observance. However, with Saturday Synagogue attendance and Saturday ballet class both compulsory, Sammy has been lying to his family and the school... And he's about to be found out. Christian's position at the Academy is also questioned when Mr. Kennedy challenges him to make a long-term commitment to a career as a dancer - he has the talent, but he has to do something with it and that means listening to his teachers and letting someone in. Meanwhile, Tara is determined to push Ethan out of her mind to focus on ballet, but this is not as easy as she'd imagined.

Recurring Characters

  • Tara Morice as Miss Raine
  • Robert Alexander as Mr Kennedy
  • Josef Brown as Patrick
  • Tony Cogin as Dr Leiberman
  • Monique Spanbrook as Mrs Leiberman
  • Narek Armaganian as Ari Leiberman
  • Stephen Multari as Tim
  • Joseph Williams as Groundsman
  • Maureen Carlisle as Sammy's Grandma


  • This episode marks the first appearance of Ari Lieberman, Sammy's younger brother.


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