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Australian Ballet sends Alice down the rabbit hole

Created by acclaimed British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon for the Royal Ballet, the story is a modern take on the Lewis Carroll classic.

Wheeldon said he had taken some liberties with the story and used new technology in theatre, projection and puppetry to tell it.

"The look of it is unlike any Alice you've ever seen before," he said.

Alice herself has also changed.

"She's feisty. She's inquisitive. She's more of a young woman actually, our Alice," Mr Wheeldon said.

Policeman 'Dancing Dan' lights up Notting Hill Carnival

The officer was spotted getting into the spirit of the Notting Hill Carnival, an annual event celebrating Britain's West Indian community, by an MC on stage.

"We got a policeman over there with some moves," the MC says.

"Make some noise for the undercover raver."

Twitter user @phemmynice shared a video of the officer's antics, and he was quickly identified as Police Constable Dan Graham.

The officer, from Kingston in London's south-west was dubbed 'Dancing Dan' after appearing on Britain's Got Talent earlier this year.

Jamaican dance: Dancehall style brings fresh vibes to Australian streets

"I would describe dancehall as a culture," Alexx Mubanga said.

"It's a culture, it's from Jamaica and it's a way of escaping the struggles, everyday struggles."

Born in Kitwe in Zambia, Mr Mubanga moved to Perth eight years ago to study at TAFE, and while he had always loved the dance form he never thought he would be doing it long term.

"My family more wanted me to study, something like mechanical engineering, which is why I went into that," he said.

But as an international student, the 29-year-old found he was having to work all night just to pay his fees.

Breakdancing crew brings their unique style to the theatre

Nick Power has been a "B*boy" for 25 years and is the choreographer for a new theatre production, Cypher, which will run at the Melbourne Arts Centre.

"A hip-hop jam is mostly improvised and you're reacting to the music and the moment," he told News Breakfast.

"As I've choreographed Cypher, I've used that style and feeling and taken it into a more traditional theatre context, but still keeping it true to the culture of hip hop."

Mr Power said most breakdancers were self-taught and honed their craft by practising with their "crew".

Dance me to the end of adulthood

From leg irons to tap dancing

David Watson, 83, took up tap dancing in his 40s, and has danced ever since.

He took up it up by chance, after accompanying a friend from work to a dance class in Melbourne.

The ex-architecture lecturer recalled the very first lesson on a "lousy" floor located above a porn shop in Swanston Street.

"I used to have to hide my face as I walked in," Mr Watson laughed.

First look at 'Dirty Dancing' remake

A few of the actors in ABC's remake of the beloved 1987 film are sharing some scenes from the project on Instagram.

Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes have taken on the roles of Frances "Baby" Houseman and Johnny Castlee originally made famous by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in the hit film.

Breslin posted photos of her and Prattes dancing in character.

"Casually dancing around a fireplace, as one does," she wrote in a caption. "AND just casually dippin' around a fireplace. As one also does. #sneakpeek #dirtydancing."

PNG’s first ever dance class

Madla has been dancing since childhood, coming from a family of entertainers.

But after a while of observation, the 32-year-old mother of three has come up with something new – Sasstematic.

Sasstematic production not only dances but offers Papua New Guinea’s first ever dance classes.

She has begun with dancehall – a fusion between reggae, R&B and hip-hop – originating from Jamaica.

In its third week now, Madla has seen a growing demand of people, mostly children, who want to dance and women who want to keep fit.

Burlesque a confidence boost for north Queensland women of all shapes and ages

"Coming in to this class I feel great, I feel sexy and I don't think a lot of women feel that anymore," said disability worker Jasmine, who signed up to try and improve her body confidence.

"I was very unsure of myself when I first messaged Vivienne. I said 'I'm a bigger girl, I am afraid of all my curves and my bits and pieces'.

"[Performing on stage] has helped me the most with my confidence and it has come through to my everyday life... I am sexy; it doesn't matter what the rest of you think."