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Inside this month:

Paul Arrowsmith talks to ballerina Miyako Yoshida about her career

Barbara Newman reviews Funny Girl and Show Boat

Zoë Anderson discovers how dresses are made for ballroom and Latin dancers

Marianka Swain goes Stepping Out

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.

With the sunshine finally here, in this issue of Dancing Times we preview some of the many dance events to look forward to during the summer months. The Australian Ballet returns to the UK for the first time in a number of years in July, and on page 94 Margaret Willis interviews two of its upcoming talents as our Dancers of the Month. In addition, we include a competition to win tickets to see the company in its productions of Swan Lake and Cinderella at the London Coliseum. Nicola Rayner meets up with Latin dancers Troels Bager and Ina Jeliazkova on page 21 prior to their return to competing at Blackpool, and on page 34 David Mead speaks to choreographer Jessica Lang about Wink, her new work for Birmingham Royal Ballet, which is inspired by Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Then, on page 25, David Jays discusses The Casement Project with Fearghus Ó Conchúir, the dance piece he has created to mark the 100th anniversary of Dublin’s Easter Rising. Last, but not least, on page 78 Zoë Anderson finds out just how some of those extraordinary dresses for ballroom and Latin are made! 





WIN! Tickets to see The Australian Ballet in Swan Lake and Cinderella


The Australian Ballet returns to the London Coliseum in July, bringing two distinctive productions. Graham Murphy’s Swan Lake, opening on July 13, is the company’s contemporary twist on the world’s best-loved ballet, which becomes a tale of modern royal families, madness and escape. Cinderella, which opens on July 20, is Alexei Ratmansky’s production for the company, with designs by Jérôme Kaplan. We have one pair of tickets for each opening night. For a chance to win a pair, send your name and contact details to the address by email to, with the answer to the following question:

Who wrote the music for Swan Lake?

The closing date is June 20.

Pictured: Amber Scott and Adam Bull in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake. Photograph by Liz Ham.


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