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Magic of Dance

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The Magic of Dance is an annual performance showcasing the dancers of the Australian Dance Academy with the help of Duprada Dance Company. Our aim is to give our young dancer the chance to perform on stage whilst giving the audience a great night of entertainment.

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2021 Performance Dates

Magic of Dance

Jazz Collectives

Morning Melodies

19th & 20th March

Araluen Arts Centre

17th & 18th September

Araluen Arts Centre

30th October

Araluen Arts Centre

19th & 20th November

Araluen Arts Centre

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La Fille mal Gardee

The Girl Who Needed Watching


La Fille mal Gardée

The Girl Who Needed Watching

La Fille mal Gardée was choreographed by Jean Dauberval and premiered on 1 July 1789 at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France.

The ballet's original title was "Le ballet de la paille"  or "ou Il n'est qu'un pas du mal au bien".

The ballet was a great success and two years later Dauberval took the ballet to London where it was presented as "La Fille mal Gardée" which it is known as today.

La Fille mal Gardée is Dauberval's most enduring work and has been through many recreations of dances and music scores. 

Arguably the most well known version in modern times was reimagined by Fredrick Ashton.

Fredrick Ashton's version premiered in January 1960. Ashton's production included famous pieces of previous versions such as the Pas de Ruban and the When I'm Married mime.

Ashton created a stunning adaption to the Fanny Elssler Pas de Deux where he included 8 ballerinas other than the main couple, who created brilliant patterns with their ribbons.

Ashton's most famous creation in La Fille mal Gardée is the Clog Dance. In this dance, Lise convinces her mother, Widow Simone, to wear a pair of clogs, where she soon dances away with 4 other ballerinas.

Jean Dauberval apparently got his inspiration for La Fille mal Gardée in a Bordeaux print shop where he viewed an engraving of Pierre Antoine Baudouin's painting, La réprimande.

Amused by the artwork, Dauberval set out to craft a suitable scenario for a ballet.

DDC 2017 Performance Photos


La Fille mal Gardée, is literally translated to

- "The Poorly Guarded Girl"


It is loosely called 

- "The Girl Who Needed Watching"


- "The Wayward Daughter".

The ballet's original title was

- "Le ballet de la paille" ("The Ballet of the Straw")


- "ou Il n'est qu'un pas du mal au bien" ("There is Only One Step from Bad to Good").

The nickname from ballet companies around the world is "fille" said "fee".


La Fille mal Gardée contains some of the most iconic and easily understandable mime in the ballet world.

Some mime is hard to understand like the mime to swear love. Everyone can understand the mime for love which is one or both hands being place upon the heart. But a lot of people may not understand the mime to swear. If you have ever been confused when a dancer has put two fingers together up in the air, that is the mime to swear. And unlike in normal speech the phrase is mimed backwards, love swear, instead of, swear love.

The most famous mime in La Fille mal Gardée is the "when I'm married" mime.

This mime shows Lise imagining her future with Colas. 

In this mime, Lise imagines various parts of her future with Colas, such as weddings and children.

The mime is best understood in context with the rest of the ballet as you can see and feel the emotion behind the mime.