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Zoë Anderson meets American Ballet Theatre's Marcelo Gomes

David Mead spends a day at Elmhurst School for Dance

Laura Dodge celebrates the UK's youth ballet companies

Jonathan Gray talks to Peter Schaufuss and Li Cunxin about La Sylphide

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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.

The training of young dancers is a theme that threads throughout this issue of Dancing Times, which is highlighted by Laura Dodge's celebration of the UK's youth ballet companies, and also by David Mead's report on Elmhurst School for Dance, which this year marks the tenth anniversary of its move to Birmingham. In addition, Ginny Brown reveals her belief in a strong future for dance in education; our Dancer of the Month, Birmingham Royal Ballet's Luke Schaufuss, talks about the training he received in Denmark; and we commence our annual round-up of end-of-year performances by vocational schools in Dance Education. We hear from American Ballet Theatre's Marcelo Gomes, who will be appearing this month in Matthew Bourne's The Car Man at Sadler's Wells, and also from Peter Schaufuss, whose award-winning production of La Sylphide returns to London in August for the first time in many years. You will also find news of some exciting changes in Dancing Times on page 7. Finally, as we go to press, the death has been announced of John Auld, the dancer and director best known for his wonderful staging of Fokine's Petrushka for Birmingham Royal Ballet – we shall pay tribute next month.

JONATHAN GRAY, EDITOR

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Win tickets to see La Sylphide at the London Coliseum

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Dancing Times has three pairs of tickets to give away as competition prizes for the performance of La Sylphide at the London Coliseum on Thursday, August 6, 2015. To win a pair, send your answer to the following question, along with your full postal address and telephone number, to our usual address on page 4, or email us. In what year was August Bournonville’s La Sylphide first performed? The closing date for the competition is Monday, July 20, 2015.

Pictured: Luke Schaufuss as James and Tara Schaufuss as the Sylphide in La Sylphide. Photograph by Eric Richmond.

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