Blackpool in China
Blackpool Dance Festival is...26 May 2015
The Blackpool Dance Festival...26 May 2015
Strictly stars support wheelchair dance
Strictly Come Dancing...18 May 2015
The UK Tango Festival and Championship
This year's UK Tango...11 May 2015
Welcome to Dance Today
Welcome to our new-look website! At our grand old age – we are 100 this month – we thought it was an apt time for a bit of a nip and tuck, so as well as redesigning the magazine, we have updated our web look too. We are just in time for “Strictly Come Dancing” season, so stay up to the minute here with Marianka Swain’s new blog, Strictly speaking, complete with our sequin-o-meter rating the dances!
For more “Strictly” news, see our October issue (out on October 6) where Marianka meets new professionals Artem Chigvintsev and Jared Murillo. Elsewhere in the issue, we have some lovely, nostalgic features by Mary Clarke on Dance Today’s history and Zoë Anderson (How the Charleston changed the world). We hope you enjoy browsing through the website and magazine and, as we celebrate our centenary, we would like to thank our contributors, our advertisers and you, our readers, who have made reaching our 100th birthday possible. Here’s to the next century.
Some dance teachers are unstoppable. This month, Phil Meacham meets dance coach extraordinaire Peggy Spencer, who, even when she moved to King's Lynn later in life, found herself coaching a formation team with a combined age of over 800 years. At 94, Peggy is still unafraid to speak out about what she believes in. I challenge you to read her interview without smiling. Speaking of insuppressible, we find out more about our Dance Today Teacher of the Year, Scott Cupit of Swing Patrol, through the words of those who voted for him in this month's magazine. And on a personal note, I'd like to thank a few dance teachers I've been lucky enough to work with this month: salsa teacher Lee Knights, who teaches for HF Holidays, among others, is always funny, always fun, and Nina Daines and Patrick Hood, on their eight-week aerials course, opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at social dance. It won't come as news to readers of Dance Today, but it's true that dance changes lives for the better, which wouldn't be possible without teachers, so thank you, all of you
Nicola Rayner, Editor
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