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012 dt december-2014

Inside this month:

David Mead on being a dance critic and a choreographer

Gerald Dowler talks to Christopher Wheeldon

We celebrate ten years of MOVE IT

Cathy Martson on choreographers as leaders

And much more

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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.

Well, it’s that Nutcracker time of year again, and in this issue of Dancing Times we take a look at a new production of the seasonal favourite being staged by Scottish Ballet, which is a revival of the much-loved version made for it in 1973 by Peter Darrell. Founder choreographer and director of the company, Darrell’s work was much appreciated by dancers and audiences alike, and the role of the dance creator-leader is an issue also explored in this magazine by British choreographer and director, Cathy Marston. In addition, we talk to Christopher Wheeldon, who has directed and choreographed the new production of An American in Paris that has just opened in the French capital, and which transfers to Broadway next year. In the build-up to Christmas, we also offer some ideas about what books or DVDs to buy as presents – including a sumptuous new volume on the Ballet Russe ballerina Irina Baronova written by her daughter, actress Victoria Tennant – and, as ever, we publish reviews of some of the latest dance events taking place, not just in the UK, but across the globe. Which leaves me just enough space, finally, to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas!

JONATHAN GRAY, EDITOR

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Win! Tickets to MOVE IT

mi-2015-centred-optionMOVE IT, the UK’s biggest dance event, is back for its tenth year! Held in London’s Olympia Grand Hall from February 13 to 15, the show is making its anniversary year better than ever, with dance performances, celebrity guests, interviews with dance experts, more than 240 dance classes and a wealth of stalls from dance schools, fitness brands and more. We have ten pairs of tickets to MOVE IT. For a chance to win a pair, send the answer to the following question, with your name and contact details, to competitions@dancing-times.co.uk: What year was the first MOVE IT held? The closing date for the competition is December 31, 2014. See the December issue for more information about the event.

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