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009 dt september-2014

Inside this month:

Dane Hurst on the insights gaind from a postgraduate choreography course

Dominic Antonucci looks at the difference cross-training has made to the health and fitness of dancers

Clement Crisp on Dame Alicia Markova

Jonathan Gray on the Maryinsky Ballet's London season

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, here we are at the start of another academic year, as well as being at the beginning of a new dance season. In this month’s Dancing Times, we visit the new Dancers’ Course in Kingston upon Thames run by the BalletBoyz; talk to Jérôme Kaplan, the designer of Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby, which returns to the stage later this month; and pay tribute to Dame Alicia Markova, who is honoured at a special event to be held at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in October. I am also delighted that Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Dominic Antonucci and Rambert’s Dane Hurst have contributed articles to this issue.

Finally, however, I end this editorial on a sad note: Kevin Berry, who wrote for Dancing Times and sister magazine, Dance Today, for many years, sadly died on August 12. He had been living with cancer for a number of years. Kevin, who concentrated on the varied dance events taking place both on stage and in schools in the north of England, was one of the kindest people you could possibly hope to meet, and we will pay tribute to him in next month’s magazine. In the meantime, everyone at Dancing Times extends their deepest sympathies to his wife, Pat, and his children and grandchildren, whom he adored.




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