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Dance, theatre and opera in Sydney

Sydney is home to a number of Australia's leading arts and dance companies, such as Opera Australia, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Theatre Company and Belvoir St Theatre. The acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia's leading Aboriginal dance company, is also based in Sydney.

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Dance and performing arts in Sydney

 Rafael Bonachela's 'we unfold' with members of Sydney Dance Company. Image Tim Richardson; Sydney Dance Company

Sydney is Australia's most cultured city, and you can be sure to find dance, ballet and opera performances, as well as a thriving theatre program, throughout the summer.

The Australian Ballet presents a number of shows in the city's iconic Sydney Opera House over the Christmas period, with an extended run of Cinderella this season to keep you in the festive mood. The program also includes opera, classical music and plays.

The Sydney Dance Company is one of Australia's most innovative performance companies and has gone from strength to strength under Rafael Bonachela's leadership. Be sure to head down to Walsh Bay for a performance or even take a dance class of your own.

For indigenous performances, check out the world-famous Bangarra. The Bangarra Dance Theatre on Hickson Road is a centre that tells the story of ancient and modern Aboriginal dreamtime through dance.

Just down the road is the Sydney Theatre Company. Expect a choice of classical work mixed with plays by up-and-coming Australian writers.

Belvoir Street Theatre is an iconic venue in Sydney that has just employed two new resident directors. This summer, Hamlet and Oedipus Schmoedipus are part of the Sydney Festival.

Enmore Theatre is home to some of the finest Australian-written and directed. As well as plays and bands, comedians perform regularly, and it's a great spot to discover up-and-coming talent.

Sydney Opera House tours

	Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour, Image Hamilton Lund

Sydney Opera House is one of the world's most recognisable buildings in the world. For a memorable behind-the-scenes glimpse into this Sydney icon's history and inner workings, choose from a number of available tours.

Sydney Festival

	Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival is a three-week celebration that starts on 9 January. 20 venues will host 300 performances of 100 shows with 1000 participants!

Sydney Dance Lounge

	Walsh Bay Piers at night, looking back towards the Harbour Bridge. Image Credit James Horan

If you're in Walsh Bay for a dance show or a theatre production, go for a pre- or post-show coffee at the Sydney Dance Lounge , which is set in a renovated warehouse.