Characters / Dance Academy

A character sheet for Dance Academy.

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     Main Characters 

Tara Webster

Tara Webster starts out as the Na´ve Everygirl of the series, and the show largely revolves around her story and dream to become a famous dancer. She was the best dancer at the studio in her small town, and when she gets to the Academy, she learns that she has some catching up to do. Throughout the series, she is subjected to a lot of hardships, and has the most relationship drama of all the characters by far.

  • Break the Cutie: in season two, due combined factors of Saskia Duncan's abuse, Grace's influence, and Christian cheating on her with Kat.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Tends to be this with all of her boyfriends, but there are also occasions where her jealousy is justified.
  • Dude Magnet: Ethan, Christian, and Ben all dated her at some point. She even lampshades this in an episode where she complains that no guys had a crush on her at that moment, and she was used to always having guys like her.
  • Na´ve Everygirl: Sometimes.
  • Technician Vs Performer: In her rivalry with Abigail (mainly in season one), she is the performer.
  • Wangst: largely in season one.

Kat Karamakov

Katrina "Kat" Karamakov is one of the first people Tara meets at the Academy, and eventually becomes her best friend. Despite being the daughter of famous dancer Natasha Willis, Kat does not enjoy ballet, but is an excellent hip hop dancer. However, she struggles with finding her place at the Academy, as she often feels she doesn't fit in. After leaving the Academy in season two, she returns as a first-year later on.

  • Big Eater: Which causes her trouble later on.
  • Break the Cutie: Much like Tara, she goes through a lot in the course of the series, including losing Sammy, struggling with her eating, and having to retake first-year.
  • Genki Girl
  • Famous Mother: Her and Ethan's mother is Natasha Willis, a famous principal dancer for the Company and Tara's role model.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Kat and Ethan respectively in the first season.
  • Not So Different: With Grace in the final episode, both realize that they only dance because they feel like they should want to.

Sammy Lieberman

  • Bi the Way: given his relationships with Ollie and Abigail
  • Bury Your Gays
  • Coming-Out Story
  • Informed Judaism
    • Though less so in Season Two, in which one episode follows Sammy and his family through the reasonably religiously orthodox funeral of Sammy's grandfather, and then after Sammy's death, Tara wants to visit his body in the morgue only to be told that, in accordance with Jewish tradition, his family have already begun arranging his funeral in accordance with Jewish tradition.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Nice Jewish Boy
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?: His father isn't very happy about his dancing, to the extent he stops paying Sammy's tuition in season two. Though to be fair, it's more because he wants Sammy to pursue a more financially secure path in life than just general disapproval.

Abigail Armstrong

Christian Reed

Ethan Karamakov

Grace Whitney

Ben Tickle

  • Adorkable
  • The Generic Guy: Not him, but his dancing: He's a great technician and has great charisma, but this is why he doesn't get a contract. The company already has many dancers like him.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: he's a cancer survivor.
  • Innocent Bigot: in his first episode, thanks to his constantly using the word "gay" in it's pejorative sense (and some Unfortunate Implications filled statements to Christian). Sammy gives him a talk, and he quickly snaps out of it.
  • Keet: In terms of hyperactivity.

Ollie Lloyd

     Other Characters 

Miss Raine

Saskia Duncan

Petra Hoffman