“Dance Academy” Premieres on TeenNick February 20th! (New Stills)

TeenNickraises the curtain on Dance Academy, a new half-hour drama that follows small town girl Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin) as she pursues her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer at the fictitious National Academy of Dance. The new 26-episode Australian series premieres Monday, Feb. 20, at 9:30 p.m. (ET) with Learning to Fly (Pt. 1), followed by Week Zero on Friday, Feb. 24 at 9:30 p.m. (ET). Dance Academy will premiere regularly Fridays at 9:30 p.m. (ET), following all-new episodes of Degrassiat 9:00 p.m. (ET) on TeenNick. Dance Academy is produced by Werner Film Productions.

Beginning Monday, Feb 20, viewers can go to www.teennick.com/danceacademyfor an extended, digital experience where they get VIP access to explore the Academy, check out the dancers dorm rooms and catch up on all the hot gossip. Each week new videos, photos, texts and messages from the characters will roll out, revealing the inside story about whats going on in the lives of the dancers. Additionally, episodes will be available on TeenNick VOD beginning March 12.

Dance Academy follows Tara and a group of ordinary teenagers as they push themselves to achieve extraordinary things in the competitive world of dance. Relationships will grow and change as they live side by side in the Boarding House and each will discover their own path as they navigate the minefield of elite dance training and the universal challenge of being a teenager. The stakes are high as the teens cant forget that at the end of the year some dance hopefuls will get cut.

After 15-year-old Tara spins her way into the National Academy of Dance, the best school in the country, she is positive her life will be spectacular. Shes lucky to have been born with athleticism almost perfectly suited for ballet; however, shes far behind in her training. In addition to intense training schedules and her troubles on the dance floor, Tara quickly realizes theres a lot more to survive than just dancing at this school – a spiteful roommate, first-time heartbreak and homesickness blend together to make this dream more difficult to achieve than she thought.

Fortunately, Taras not alone in her expedition. Shes joined by carefree Kat Karamakov(Alicia Banit), the daughter of dance world superstars. Kat couldnt care less about ballet, and if shes stuck at boarding school, shes going to cause as much mischief as possible. Then, theres Kats older brother, Ethan Karamakov(Tim Pocock), who is gorgeous, talented, in his third year at the Academy and Taras first crush. Also among Taras peers: rebellious adrenaline junkie, Christian Reed (Jordan Rodrigues), who likes skateboards more than ballet shoes; loveable Sammy Lieberman (Tom Green), whose parents want their clever son to be a doctor, not a dancer; and Abigail Armstrong (Dena Kaplan) who is the best in the class and not afraid to let everyone know.

In Learning to Fly (Pt. 1), Tara auditions for the top ballet school in the country, the National Academy of Dance where she is confident that all her dreams are about to come true. But, what Tara doesnt realize is that theres more to enduring life at the Academy than just dancing. Within a week Tara has found an unlikely ally in Kat, a sophisticated enemy in Abigail, been spotted undressed in the boys dressing room by bad boy Christian and developed a crush on the schools golden boy, Ethan. Suddenly her world is a much bigger, scarier place.

Will YOU tune in to Dance Academy? New stills from the premiere episode below.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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