Dance Academy  Season #1 Episode #22
Synopsis: "Dance Academy" is a drama series that follows small-town teenager Tara Webster as she pursues her dream of becoming a ballet dancer at the National Academy of Dance. Tara and her fellow students push themselves as relationships grow while the teens live with one another in the school's boarding house. Each student discovers his or her own path while navigating the minefield that is elite dance training, coupled with the usual challenges that come with being a teenager. But despite all the work they put in, the dancers aren't guaranteed to achieve their goals -- some hopefuls get cut at the end of the year.
Genre: Drama
Year:
2010
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1 INT. ACADEMY/REHEARSAL STUDIO - DAY 1 1

TARA, ETHAN

INTERCUT WITH:

2 EXT. CITY STREETS/THE ROCKS - DAY 1 2

CHRISTIAN, N/S PEDESTRIANS

STUDIO:
Morning. Sweat drips off Tara as she focuses on herrehab. She’s lying on her stomach and Ethan has a therabandacross her ankle. Together they work on strengthening herhamgstring muscle.

TARA (V.O.)

So apparently there’s this basichuman reaction to fear. It’s called

the fight or flight response.

CUT TO:

STREETS:
Morning. Christian’s run has a new intensity. The

lines of a iron fence railing blur behind him as he racesthrough The Rocks. His face is grim - determined. His feetpound the pavement.

TARA (V.O.)

When something freaks us out, ourfirst response is to run, veryfast, in the opposite direction.

CUT TO:

STUDIO:
Tara looks exhausted as she lays on her side withher front leg bent in front of her, lifting her underneathleg in a series of adductor exercises.

TARA:

Don’t you have a Company costume

fitting to go to?

ETHAN:

It can wait. Focus on your VMO.

CUT TO:

STREETS:
In a scene reminiscent of episode 3 Christian jumpsacross from one city wall to another. As if he’s beingchased/escaping. His run has taken on a frantic - almost

surreal element.

TARA (V.O.)

The second response is actuallymuch harder.

CUT TO:

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2 CONTINUED:
2

STUDIO:
Tara is now doing a series of scissor-style stomachcrunches, her neck and back off the floor. It looks

strenuous, painful.

TARA (V.O.)

It’s where you ignore everyinstinct.

ETHAN:

I’m not hearing you breathing.

TARA:

(as she comes up)

Argh!

TARA (V.O.)

And instead of running, you stay...

CUT TO:

STREETS:
Christian has reached a high point. He looks outover the Sydney skyline and then closes his eyes, facestretched up to the heavens.

TARA (V.O.)

... and fight.

Christian jumps down onto the ground.

CUT TO:

STUDIO:
Tara finishes her last scissor crunch and then

collapses back onto the floor. Ethan leans back on his heels

and smiles at her.

TARA:

You’re enjoying this.

All Tara can manage is an exhausted smile. But she lookshappy with herself.

3 EXT. ACADEMY/WHARFSIDE - DAY 1 3

CHRISTIAN, LEGAL AID LAWYER, AARON (O.S.), N/S DANCERS

Christian approaches his LEGAL AID LAWYER, a fresh faced,

male, recent graduate - over worked and underpaid. Christian

is still in his sweaty, running clothes. The lawyer’sobviously been waiting for him and doesn’t look pleased atthe fact that he’s late.

LEGAL AID LAWYER

You’re late.

CHRISTIAN:

Who are you? Where’s the other

lawyer?

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3 CONTINUED:
3

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3 CONTINUED:
3

LEGAL AID LAWYER

Reassigned. It’s okay, I’ve readyour file.

They start to walk briskly along the wharf. He hands him aletter.

LEGAL AID LAWYER

Your hearing’s been set for nextweek in the District Court.

Christian tries to cover the look of fear in his eyes.

CHRISTIAN:

Right.

LEGAL AID LAWYER

Do you have a personal referencefrom the school?

CHRISTIAN:

Not yet.

LEGAL AID LAWYER

It’s important Christian.

CHRISTIAN:

What do you give me? 60/40? 50/50?

That I’m going to juvie.

The lawyer looks alarmed - he has a busy case load and notime for looking after this kid.

LEGAL AID LAWYER

Look, so long as the co-accused.

Your friend...

He flips through his files for his name. Christian is annoyedby his lack of knowledge about his case.

CHRISTIAN:

Aaron.

LEGAL AID LAWYER

So long as Aaron supports yourstory about what happened thatnight, you have a good chance of asuspended sentence. That means nojuvie time.

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