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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 winter.

The Australian Ballet presents a number of shows in the city's iconic Sydney Opera House over the winter period, including the ballet production of Chroma, described as "Mozart meets The White Stripes, classical meets contemporary". 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. Each night a new mystery guest from the exemplary roll-call of Indigenous performers is asked 20 questions. The questions are the same every night, but the answers will be very different. The idea is that out of this simple set-up comes a big, rich modern dreaming of story and song – and a better understanding of how much more there is still to tell.

The Enmore Theatre is also 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, Sydney Harbour, Image Hamilton Lund

Sydney Opera House tours

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.

Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage

Following its 2004 sell-out world premiere in Sydney, and after wowing critics and fans around the globe for a decade, Dirty Dancing will return to the harbour city under the helm of famed Australian theatre producer John Frost.

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

Sydney Dance Lounge

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.