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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.
It was nice for the Dancing Times team to meet so many of you, our readers, at the latest edition of MOVE IT, the exhibition for all things dance that was held this year at ExCeL from March 18 to 20 and where we had a stand. We gave away 6,000 free copies of the magazine over the weekend, which were all snatched up by lunchtime on the final day, and our Dancing Times badges also proved a hit! We aim to bring you the very best in dance each month, and this issue is no exception, as you will find an array of interviews, articles and reviews we hope will keep you intrigued and entertained. These include Russian ballerina Ekaterina Borchenko talking to Igor Stupnikov, and Natascha Karabey, ballroom's "professionals' professional", interviewed by Alison Gallagher-Hughes. In addition, Nicola Rayner meets former Strictly choreographer Kele Baker, Paul Arrowsmith talks to the chief executives of some of the UK's leading dance companies, and Jane Pritchard highlights an exciting exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum that focuses on dance and costume. We also report on the West End openings of Mrs Henderson Presents and Motown the Musical, as well as dance performances taking place in the UK and across the globe.
JONATHAN GRAY, EDITOR
WIN! Tickets to Great American Dance cinema screenings
Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance is the first US dance series to be screened to a global cinema audience. The screenings feature four of America’s leading dance companies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet.
We have five pairs of tickets to screenings of a double bill by Ballet Hispanico, the leading Latino company in the US. They will dance CARMEN.maquia, a contemporary take on Carmen, and the sizzling Club Havana, in a performance filmed at the Mesa Arts Center, Arizona. For a chance to win, send the answer to the following question, with your name and contact details to email@example.com:
Which composer wrote the 1875 opera Carmen?
The closing date is March 31. Winners can choose their preferred cinema location. For more information about the cinema season, visit www.greatamericandance.com.
Photograph: Paula Lobo.