Dance Nation

21 Feb — 7 Mar 2020
Scott Theatre

State Theatre Company South Australia and Belvoir in association with Adelaide Festival present

By Clare Barron

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Power up, Ladies!

Somewhere in America, an army of teenage competitive dancers is plotting world domination. One routine at a time.

As the national title looms and the dancers fight it out for the lead role, reality and fantasy blur in this award-winning pageant of ferocious girl power.

Part-Dance Moms, part-Hunger Games, Dance Nation is a crushingly funny satire of ambition. The New York Times says it “conjures the passionate ambivalence of early adolescence with such being-there sharpness and poignancy that you’re not sure whether to cringe, cry or roar with happiness. Blazingly original and unsettlingly familiar.”

I’m thrilled that this show opens our 2020 season, thrilled that it’s a part of the Adelaide Festival and thrilled to welcome Tara Morice (Strictly Ballroom) back to the company. A fantasia of the female – feral, tender, hilarious, wise, brilliant and spinning. It will blow your sequins away. Mitchell


Dance Nation contains strong coarse language, adult themes and sexual references. Dance Nation is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc, a Concord Theatricals Company.


“A hilarious, excruciating look back at pre-teen competition” Sydney Morning Herald

“A really snappy little show!” Daily Review

“A terrific show that is riddled with spontaneous full-bellied laughs” Stage Whispers


Imara Savage

Set and Costume Designer

Jonathon Oxlade

Lighting Designer

Alexander Berlage


Larissa McGowan


Luke Smiles

Sound Designer

Andrew Howard


Mitchell Butel
Elena Carapetis
Emma Harvie
Chika Ikogwe
Yvette Lee
Rebecca Massey
Amber McMahon
Tara Morice
Tim Overton

Dates & Times

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      • QA
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Opening Night
Audio Described
Keith's Matinee Club
Post-show Q&A