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Victoria Reina

Up next on the LA New World Dance x DW workshop series is @msvictoriareina. Hair & Heels ladies only. Let’s go LA! 🇺🇸 👠💃🏻 Urban Ave.


Dance World Studios x Urban Ave. present the amazing urban choreographer BEN FAUSTINO. Let's go LA!!!


Urban Choreography guest class with LA based, GABRIEL PADILLA, today at 4:00 pm Melbourne time. Thanks to Urban Ave. for sharing the love of dance.

Sneak Preview 2019

Friday, 28 June 7:30 pm APO Arts Academy & Dance World Studios present SNEAK PREVIEW 2019, featuring full-time students in dance and musical theatre performing short works, from the traditional forms to dynamic street style. Darebin Arts Centre Cnr Bell St and St Georges Rd, Preston  

Stage by Stage 2019

APO Arts Academy presents an in-house showing, featuring short works from iconic musical theatre productions, performed by students in the Music Theatre Department. On Friday 31 May 2019 at 8:00 pm LOCATION APO Arts Academy 295 Bank Street, South Melbourne, Victoria 3205  


APO Arts Academy & Dance World Studios present SNEAK PREVIEW 2018, featuring full-time students in dance and musical theatre performing short works, from the traditional forms to dynamic street style. Wednesday, 27 June, 7:30pm Darebin Arts Centre Cnr St Georges Road and Bell Street, Preston BUY TICKETS

Mothers Day Classic

Mother’s Day Classic 💕🏃‍♀️ running for a good cause 🏃‍♂️💕🙏@mdc_walk_run . HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY Y'ALL!!!

Sneak Preview 2017

SNEAK PREVIEW Mid-year show Dance & Musical Theatre departments. ON SALE NOW. Featuring full-time students in both the dance & music theatre departments, showcasing short works in various dance styles and iconic musical theatre scenes. Saturday, 22 July 2017 6:30pm (Running time 2 hours including interval) Darebin Arts Centre Cnr St Georges Road and Bell Street, Preston


Vicks VapoDrops’ new TVC with SEBASTIAN JOHNSTON as the key visual. Also featured are dance graduates RIC PRANGNELL & PAULINE DACAYA; current full-time student JOE GAUDION; and dance lecturers TREVOR SANTOS & MELINDA TZAMBAZAKIS. Represent! This TVC was choreographed by JASON TEASEDALE, who recently joined our teaching faculty.

Congratulations Ric

Colors artists and DW alumnus, RIC PRANGNELL, cast as Starkey in the world premiere of Bonnie Lythgoe’s production, THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN & TINKER BELL, with Aussie fave Todd McKenney as Captain Hook. The show will tour major cities in QLD, NSW & VIC. Ric is a graduate of DW’s Diploma of Dance full-time course. Proud of our graduates.


Diploma Courses graduates, Sarah, Annie & Lisa cast in the Australian revival of  MAMMA MIA! Opens in Canberra Nov 2017 and touring 6 major cities.

BEAUTIFUL Cast Announcement

Congratulations to JOSEPH NAIM, cast in the role of Drifter/Ensemble for BEAUTIFUL, THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. This Broadway hit musical will open in Sydney on Sep 2017. A graduate of the APO full-time Musical Theatre Course, his other musical theatre credits include LION KING, THE TEN TENORS and KISMET.

News on Mel Bell

Quick catch up with Melissa Bell, Diploma of Dance alumna, with her partner Gian Magdangal. After a few years of working in Japan and Hong Kong for Universal Studios and Disneyland, Mel has landed her first professional musical theatre contract with Disney Theatrical Productions’ NEWSIES, opening in Manila Philippines on July 2017. She has been cast in the ensemble and Gian will play the role of Jack Kelly.

Congrats, Alexandra Travers!

Congratulations to ALEXANDRA TRAVERS, recently cast in the ensemble for Opera Australia’s KING ROGER. Opens May 19 at the Arts Centre Melbourne. At 13 years of age, Alexandra’s credits include the professional production of LES MISERABLES, in the role of Little Cossette, for Cameron Mackintosh. Pretty proud of junior students. Chookas for opening night.

The Lads of DW

The Lads of DW/APO, both appearing as ensemble members in Opera Australia’s production of CARMEN. Opens May 4 at the Arts Centre Melbourne. JARED BRYAN (left), is a graduate of full-time Dance & Musical Theatre courses. TELLY APOSTOLIDIS (right), 15 years old, is a current DW junior school student. Shout out to Christian Francisco, Colors Agency Artist, also cast in the dance ensemble. Tickets on sale

IAN ANDREW featured in the Grand Prix digital promo

IAN ANDREW featured with champion F1 racer, Daniel Ricciardo, in this Australian Grand Prix a digital promo. Ian was a Diploma of Musical Theatre student of APO and now a guest lecturer, who also happens to hold Ph.D in Music Studies (composition), speaks French fluently and is a qualified pilot. Ticks all the right boxes.

Curtain Call 2016

Featuring full-time students in both the dance & musical theatre departments, showcasing short works in various dance styles and iconic musical theatre scenes. Tuesday, 20 December 7:30pm (Running time 2 hours including interval) TICKETS: Full $35 Concession $33 (Full Time Students and Health Care Card Holders) Child $30 (under 12 Years) Group 10 or more $30 each Under two Free (must be seated on a ticket holders lap)  Transaction fees apply - $3.60 online, $5 over the phone, no charge when purchasing directly from the venue Warnings: This show contains Haze, Smoke and Partial Nudity (Men only topless). Running Time 120 minutes, including interval Latecomers permitted at suitable points No filming or photography permitted BOOKINGS

Dream Lover

Dream lover ensemble cast announced; including dance alumna Suzanne Steele and former full-time dance student Michele Smitheram. Co-written by Frank Howson

Million Paws Walk 2016

Dance World Studios walk to fight animal cruelty #TeamDW performing at #MillionPawsWalk2016 for @RSPCAVIC #charityevent #animallovers #albertparklake #exerciseforcharity #ralphdwmascot #furrylittlefriends #notoanimalcruelty #paws

Masterclass Series 2016

It was an honour to welcome the extraordinary JO-ANNE ROBINSON to the most recent APO Masterclass Series class as our guest lecturer. Jo-Anne’s workshop was an amazing experience and her knowledge and ability to challenge and inspire, provided insight into what makes great artists, ‘great’. As a director and/or choreographer of many iconic shows (including Cats, Phantom of The Opera, The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber), Jo-Anne’s work is renowned around the world, but her willingness and ability to convey her vision and knowledge as an artist, made this event a sublime experience. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM


Dance & Musical Theatre Graduate - PAULINE DACAYA featured in HOLDEN’S Spark Vox Pop.Pauline has another major ad campaign and an overseas tour coming up! She also appeared in a recent Coles TVC. View the vox pop on Youtube Spark Vox Pops: Spark Change (full reel.) | Holden Australia


Aladdin cast announced! ‪#‎proudofourgraduates‬ cast in the show including‪#‎JosephOSullivan‬ ‪#‎WilliamCenturion‬ ‪#‎MadeleineMackenzie‬… all Diploma of Dance graduates. Aladdin opens in Sydney August 2016.‪#‎AladdinSydney‬ ‪#‎DisneyTheatricals‬ @apoartsacademy @dworldstudios‪#‎fulltimedancetraining‬ ‪#‎APOalumni‬ ‪#‎DWalumni‬ ‪#‎DWrepresent‬‪#‎musicaltheatreaustralia‬


THE VEIL OF MAYA March 11 & 12 at The Alex Theatre. Presented by The Melbourne Ballet Company under the artistic direction of Simon Hoy (also a DW contemporary dance lecturer). Three new works by internationally renowned choreographers Lucas Jervies, Alexander Baden Bryce and and DW alumnus, Timothy Podesta. Buy tickets now

Jemma Rix

A huge thanks to @JemmaRixOz for quite an inspiring industry chat with our full-time students this evening. Jemma plays the lead role of Molly, alongside Rob Mills, in ‪#‎ghostau‬ – currently in Melbourne until March 12, before the show moves on to Sydney. She is also known known for playing Elphaba in @WickedinOz. A very special thanks for ‪#‎AnthonyCostanzo‬ – You’re amazing! Loved the added entertainment.

Imogen Crane

Bon voyage, IMOGEN CRANE! Our stunning dancer Imogen will depart for Miami, Florida this Sunday to commence rehearsals for Royal Caribbean International. We’ll miss you. Stay in touch.

The Sunday Age City2Sea

Excited to be involved in one of Australia’s newest fun run series! We will be pumping up the volume at The Sunday Age City2Sea presented by Westpac with loads of music and live entertainment on course, it’s time to @runoutloudau ‪#‎ROL‬ @DWorldstudios @ApoArtsAcademy Sign up today!

Bon Voyage

Bon voyage! ‪#‎RicPrangnell‬ joins @norwegiancruiseline, rehearsing in the US & travelling across Europe. We're gonna miss you, Boo. @apoartsacademy @dworldstudios ‪#‎dwalumni‬ ‪#‎wereproudofourgrads‬

The Garry Lyon Dance Crew

THE GARRY LYON DANCE CREW... Word! @rodlaverarena @aflfootyshow #garrylyon @aflgrandfinals @apoartsacademy @dworldstudios #kstarevolutionz #rawandruggeddancecrews #isolationperformingartsstudio #flashdancestudio #exposedancestudio #jdcperformingartsstudios #nichedancestudios

Under 13 Hip Hop Comp Troup

Though they be but little, they are fierce! Well done to the under 13 hip hop comp troupe for placing at both the ‪#‎VPAC‬ & ‪#‎VPAC comps, against an older & taller group of competitors over the weekend. Shout out to JESSICA FRY for her awesome chorey. ‪#‎DWrepresent‬ ‪#‎sassydancers‬ @ApoArtsAcademy