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Inside this month:

Gerald Dowler talks to seven leading British male dancers who have left the UK to work abroad

Alison Gallagher-Hughes profiles Latin dancers Ryan McShane and Ksenia Zsikhotska

Graham Watts meets Hu Wenge, a star of the Peking Opera

Nicola Rayner celebrates ten years of Simply Dancing Partners

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Welcome to Dancing Times - Britain's leading monthly dance magazine

In conjuction with our very special issue of Dancing Times, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the publication of our first issue, we have taken the opportunity to re-launch our website, as well as the layout of the magazine. We hope you enjoy the final results!

Dancing Times can state with some pride that throughout the often turbulent century of its existence – two World Wars, the Wall Street Crash and Great Depression, and the current financial crisis – we never missed the publication of a single issue and have remained true to our aims of recording with honesty the events and developments in all aspects of dance. Dancing Times played an instrumental role in the formation of such important teaching bodies as the Royal Academy of Dance and the British Dance Council, and it has witnessed the UK dance scene change beyond all recognition. Just some measure of the love and respect the magazine has garnered can be read in the wonderful tributes published on page 25 of our latest issue. Kathrine Sorley Walker salutes our first editor, Philip Richardson, on page 12 and our beloved editor emeritus, Mary Clarke, is interviewed by Gerald Dowler on page 53. Also in this issue, we interview The Royal Ballet’s Lauren Cuthbertson, look at how dance floors have changed over the years, and preview the 2010 season from Dance Umbrella.

We have been really pleased with the comments so far about the newly-integrated Dancing Times and Dance Today magazines. Perhaps inevitably, there have been a few grumbles, but on the whole the response has been very positive from both readers and advertisers alike.

Once again, this month’s magazine is packed full of interviews, news and reviews. On page 21, Alison Gallagher-Hughes profiles top UK Latin dancers Ryan McShane and Ksenia Zsikhotska, Nicola Rayner joins in the celebrations for the tenth anniversary of Simply Dancing Partners on page 33, and on page 76 Phil Meacham reports on the 2015 International Championships held last month at Brentford and London’s Royal Albert Hall.

On the ballet front, on page 17 Gerald Dowler talks to seven of the UK’s leading male dancers who have left the country to work abroad, Luke Jennings interviews ballerina Antoinette Sibley about her early training and career with The Royal Ballet on page 37, and in Dance Scene we review performances by Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet and The Royal Ballet.

In addition, Barbara Newman enjoys the stage musical Kinky Boots in Variety Lights on page 41, which has just arrived in the West End from Broadway, and on page 28 Graham Watts meets Hu Wenge, a star of China’s Peking Opera, which will be performing in Liverpool and London later this month. As you can see, there’s a lot to read; we hope you enjoy it!





WIN! Romeo and Juliet on DVD

714woa-c39l. sl1341 In the 50th anniversary year of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, the 1966 film of the production has just been rereleased on DVD. Directed by Paul Czinner, the film records Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev and The Royal Ballet in MacMillan’s choreography. A brand-new transfer, the DVD is part of Network Distributing’s series “The British Film”, which aims to release more than 450 vintage British movies.

We have two copies of the DVD to win as competition prizes. To win, send the answer to the following question, with your full contact details by email to

Q: MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet is danced to music by which Russian composer?

The closing date is November 27, 2015.


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