Production on series 2 of ABC teen drama Dance Academy began in Sydney last week, with two new characters joining the lead cast.
Grace Whitney (played by Issi Durant, So You Think You Can Dance) joins the Academy after being kicked out of the Royal Ballet School in London and Ben Tickle (played by Tom Lacey, Blue Heelers) is the new class hottie; join returning cast members Tara (Xenia Goodwin), Abigail (Dena Kaplan), Sammy (Tom Green), Christian (Jordan Rodrigues), Ethan (Tim Pocock) and Miss Raine (Tara Morice) as well as regular guest appearances from Kip Gamblin (Home and Away) playing dance teacher Zach, Keiynan Lonsdale (Fame The Musical) playing third year student Ollie and Brooke Harman (Rake) playing dance teacher Saskia Duncan.
Dance Academy producer Joanna Werner said: “We are thrilled to start work on the second series of Dance Academy. Our cast have been working hard in ‘ballet boot camp’ in preparation for the demanding shoot ahead. We hope our fans will enjoy what’s in stall for series two.”
ABC TV’s Children’s Head of Commissioning and Development, Carla De Jong said: “Dance Academy is an award winning ABC3 program. We are thrilled with the success of series one and we look forward to working with Werner Film Productions in the months ahead.”