Tune in for State of the Art this Wednesday March 27 when director Maude Davey chats about the Australian premiere of Dance Nation.

Dance Nation follows a troupe of pre-teens as they navigate the hyper-sexualised, ultra-competitve world of competition dance. In this world of sequined leotards and six-foot trophies, the dancers themselves - their needs, their hopes, their fears - matter least.

A comical and excruciating look at the moment when girls become aware of their own power - and their limits - performed by a cast of mature women, the dissonance between a 13-year-old's dreams and what they will ultimately achieve is stark.

Performances are happening now at Red Stitch Actors' Theatre in St Kilda. For more information and tickets head to redstitch.net.

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