DanceArts United is a performing arts academy whose primary purpose is the development of high quality, original and entertaining performance pieces. Our aim is to create unique and interesting performers through drawing upon and developing the individual characteristics and strengths of our students. We foster an artistic environment in which our students feel safe, confident and artistically challenged.

After trawling the internet recently I came across this article from the US Dance Informa magazine (you can find a link to the article at the base of this post).  It’s a worthwhile read and raises some interesting points, even if only to posit its title question.  One area of contention I have is the statement, “Jazz dance is uniquely American…” You could just as easily state that Ballet, because of its origin, is uniquely Italian.  The fact is Jazz dance, the foundations of which is uniquely American, has become a ubiquitous art-form worldwide, and that is a true testament to its appeal and value as a dance form.  As Emily Yewell Volin (choreographer and author of the article) states; Jazz is alive and well, rooted in its history, and growing into its future.  Soulful, passionate, electric, athletic and virtuosic; you’ll know when you’ve experienced jazz or jazz inspired work.  And, it’s likely you’ll leave the concert or class wanting more.

Where’s the Jazz? | Dance Informa Magazine.

Daniel Ryan – Director of Ignite The Dark a jazz dance company


repress nothing


A compelling new vision from the Jazz Dance Theatre Company IGNITE THE DARK. 


“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.”  
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

July 18-21, 2012
Gasworks Theatre, Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park

Ignite The Dark, purveyors of Australia’s dark and sexy jazz dance; bring you “The Pleasure Principle”. A high octane, subversive dance experience filled with fun, sexy, stylized routines about the search for pleasure, no matter the risks, the social stigma, or the indoctrinated guilt. Indulge the pleasure principle. It will leave you begging for more.

Ignite The Dark is a company of Melbourne’s finest jazz dancers featuring the innovative choreography of Alfie Scalia and Daniel Ryan (directors and choreographers of last year’s sell out season of The Earth, The Sea & The Moon).