Dena Kaplan

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Dena Kaplan
Dena Kaplan at the 2012 AACTA Awards (6795417599).jpg
Kaplan at the 2012 AACTA Awards
Born (1989-01-20) 20 January 1989 (age 26)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Occupation Actress, dancer, model
Years active 2005–present

Dena Kaplan (born 20 January 1989) is a South African-born Australian actress, singer and dancer. She is known for her role as Abigail Armstrong in Dance Academy.

Life and career[edit]

Kaplan was born in Johannesburg in 1989 to a Jewish family. She has an older sister, Gemma-Ashley Kaplan, and a younger sister, Neighbours actress Ariel Kaplan. She moved to Australia in 1996, at age seven.[1]

Kaplan attended Mount Scopus Memorial College and had dance training at numerous schools, including Australian Ballet School, Jane Moore Academy of Ballet and City Dance Centre. She first appeared onstage alongside David Campbell in The Production Company's Carousel, playing Louise, a non-singing solo ballet part in the second act of the show. Her second major appearance was as a dancer/singer in Disney's musical production of The Lion King.[2] She moved to New York City to study at the Ailey School and Broadway Dance Center, and was cast in a Broadway musical, but was unable to accept the offer.

Her first television role was in 2005 on the Network Ten spy series Scooter: Secret Agent as one of the party girls.[3] In 2007, she appeared as Deborah Statesman in an episode of Australian police drama City Homicide.[4] In 2009, she played Keli in an episode of Flight Of The Conchords [5] and starred in the film In Her Skin alongside Rebecca Gibney. She was then cast in the series Dance Academy as Abigail Armstrong[6] and in the same year was cast as Stephanie Wolfe in City Homicide. In 2011, Kaplan starred as the love interest in Chris Sebastian's music video for "Flow". During 2013 she was cast in the role of Sarah Brennen in Camp.[7]

Kaplan with Jared Daperis, 2013


Year Title Type Episodes Role
2004 The Hamish & Andy Show[2] TV Series
2005 The Lion King (musical)[1][2] Musical Dancer
2005 Scooter: Secret Agent[3] TV series
Party Girl
2007 City Homicide[4] TV series
Deborah Statesman
2009 Flight Of The Conchords[5] TV series
2009 In Her Skin Film Main cast
2010–13 Dance Academy[6] TV series Abigail Armstrong
2010 City Homicide[6] TV series
Stephanie Wolfe
2011 Flow by Chris Sebastian[8] Music video Love interest
2012 Tricky Business TV series Minnesota Smith
2013 Camp[7] TV series (US) Sarah Brennen
2014 The Doctor Blake Mysteries TV series Amelia Yorke


  1. ^ a b "Dena Kaplan". Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Disney Ensemble Cast: Dena Caplan". Disney. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Scooter: Secret Agent: episode guide". Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "City Homicide: episode guide". Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Dena Kaplan Flight Of The Conchords". Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c "Dance Academy on ABC3". Australian Broadcasting Corporation via Throng. 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (25 February 2013). "'Brothers & Sisters' Alum Rachel Griffiths to Star in NBC Summer Series 'Camp'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 
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