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004 dt april-2015

Inside this month:

Zoë Anderson talks to ballerina Diana Vishneva

Luke Jennings wonders if the ballets of Frederick Ashton are being seen to best advantage

Céline Gittens of Birmingham Royal Ballet on motivation in ballet dancers

Jeannette Andersen celebrates a significant anniversary in the history of the Bavarian State Ballet

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.

We feature no fewer than four British-based choreographers in this month's issue of Dancing Times, three of whom are celebrating significant anniversaries. David Bintley has been leading Birmingham Royal Ballet for 20 years, and he talks openly about his work as a choreographer and director to Paul Arrowsmith. Robert Cohan, who was instrumental in establishing contemporary dance in the UK, will be 90 this month and he discusses his career and current projects with Zoë Anderson. Also celebrating a significant birthday this month is Michael Corder, who expresses his concerns at the way choreography for classical ballet is heading with admirable frankness. Last but not least, Kenneth Tindall, a young dance maker based with Northern Ballet, writes about combining his career as a dancer and choreographer in Talking Point. We also highlight Dance UK's forthcoming conference on the future of dance, and announce the winners of the 2014 Critics' Circle National Dance Awards. Lastly, I would like to extend congratulations to our production editor, Simon Oliver, who married his fiancée, Rachael, on St Valentine's Day. All at Dancing Times hope they have many happy years ahead of them.

JONATHAN GRAY, EDITOR

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Win! Bugsy Malone on DVD

bugsy-malone-dvd-3dBugsy Malone, the classic film musical, is being rereleased on DVD by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Directed by Alan Parker in 1976, the film tells a story of Prohibition-era Chicago in the 1920s – with the twist that all the performers are children, who fight with “splurge guns” rather than bullets. The young cast includes a 13-year-old Jodie Foster, with choreography by Peter Biziou and Michael Seresin. We have five copies of the DVD to give away. For a chance to win a copy, send the answer to the following question, with your name and contact details, to competitions@dancing-times.co.uk.

Which American city is associated with Prohibition-era gangsters?

The closing date for the competition is May 1.

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