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Jonathan Gray pays tribute to Mary Clarke

Gerald Dowler interviews Paris Opéra Ballet étoile Aurélie Dupont

Laura Dodge explores the popularity of adult amateur ballet companies

Doug Fullington reveals how it was possible to revive Marius Petipa's Paquita

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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 pay tribute this month to Mary Clarke, our beloved editor emeritus, who, you may already have heard, sadly died on March 20 at the age of 91. Astonishingly, Mary had an association with Dancing Times stretching back over 70 years, when her very first article for this magazine was published by our founder editor, Philip Richardson, in December 1943. She went on to become the editor of both Dancing Times and Ballroom Dancing Times (now Dance Today), and was a director of the company until 2013. For many people, Mary simply was the Dancing Times. It has been wonderful to see her remembered in the pages of The Guardian, for which she was dance critic for 17 years, as well as The Times and the Daily Telegraph and also on Radio 4’s Last Word programme broadcast on April 10 (which can still be heard on the BBC iPlayer). In addition, The Royal Ballet dedicated the first night of its revival of La Fille mal gardée on April 16 to Mary’s memory (it was a ballet she loved), and Rambert will be doing the same on the opening night of its Sadler’s Wells season on May 12. Being a very private person, Mary would have been surprised by these tributes to her, but I hope she would also have been pleased.

JONATHAN GRAY, EDITOR

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be202-brodie-donougher-billy-elliot-ruthie-henshall-mrs-wikinson-by-alastair-muirThis month, Billy Elliot The Musical celebrates its tenth birthday dazzling audiences at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London’s West End. To mark the occasion, readers of Dancing Times have the chance to win a pair of tickets to see the multi-award-winning show, which has gone on to captivate audiences around the world. Set against the background of the 1984-85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of one young boy’s struggle to realise his dream to dance against the odds. Featuring a timeless score by Elton John, sensational dance and a powerful story, this is an uplifting and spectacular theatrical experience that will stay with you forever. To enter, send the answer to the following question by email to competitions@dancing-times.co.uk.

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Terms and conditions: Prize valid for Monday to Thursday evening performances only, July 6 to August 27, 2015. Tickets are subject to availability, non-transferable and exclusions apply. Travel costs are not included in this competition. The closing date for the competition is May 29, 2015.

Pictured: Brodie Donougher and Ruthie Henshall in Billy Elliot The Musical. Photograph by Alistair Muir.

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