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June 2017

This month, we pay special tribute to Zenaida Yanowsky, a much-admired ballerina in the Dancing Times office, who will be leaving The Royal Ballet at the end of the current season. Interviewed by Zoë Anderson, she happily tells us that although she is retiring from the company, she will continue with her dancing career for the time being.

In this issue, we also hear from three very different choreographers: Richard Alston, Diego Romay and Jasmin Vardimon. In his article Dancing your way to business, Northern Ballet dancer Gavin McCaig thinks dancers have more skills than they realise; and in Quickstep to the rescue, Alison Gallagher-Hughes hears how Alexandra Hixson and Andrey Sirbu went about saving the Piccadilly Ballroom in Bournemouth.

As ever, there is a huge amount of news plus views from across the entire dance world in the magazine, including the announcement of the new judge on Strictly Come Dancing. Turn to page 6 to find out who!

Inside this issue

Being different. Zoë Anderson talks to Zenaida Yanowsky on the eve of her retirement from The Royal Ballet

Alston dances Britten. Stephanie Jordan watches Richard Alston at work on one of his favourite composers

Quickstep to the rescue. Alison Gallagher-Hughes on the rejuvenation of the Piccadilly Ballroom

Tango in his blood. Diego Romay tells Nicola Rayner about his show Tanguera

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