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11 dancetoday nov14

Inside this month:

Q&A: Lucy Worsley
In a new BBC Four series Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance, Lucy Worsley and Len Goodman will take to the floor. Nicola Rayner finds out more

Back in action
Robin Windsor had to step away from this year's Strictly Come Dancing as he recovered from injury. He tells Zoë Anderson about rehabilitation

and now for the next trick...
Jonathan Gray takes a look at special effects in the theatre and finds out that nothing is new

And much more!

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    30 Oct 2014
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    27 Oct 2014
  • Strictly speaking

    Week 5 ...

    27 Oct 2014

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.

If you have picked up Dance Today in one of the 80 WHSmith stores in which we are now stocked, a warm welcome to you. Created in 1956, we are proud to be the only UK monthly that specialises in ballroom, Latin and all forms of social dance. In this issue of the magazine, Strictly Come Dancing pro Robin Windsor speaks candidly about his heartbreak at having to withdraw from the BBC show this year, his rehabilitation from injury and his struggles as a young dancer. If you’re a Strictly fan, I also recommend Natalie Lowe’s column, where she discusses Tim Wonnacott’s recent elimination and shares her health and beauty tips, and also our hit blog “Strictly speaking”, which you can find on our website. Finally, with Christmas on the horizon, you might like to think about a gift subscription for the dance lover in your life – see our store for details. 

Nicola Rayner, Editor

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WIN books by Craig Revel Horwood and Cherry Radford!

tales-from-the-dance-floormendancing-cover-kdpDance Today readers have a chance to win dance fact and dance fiction this month, with books by Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood and novelist Cherry Radford.

Craig’s Tales from the Dance Floor is full of sensational stories from his life on and off stage, from playing the Wicked Queen in panto with Ann Widdecombe to Strictly tours with Kara Tointon, Louis Smith and Abbey Clancy, his recent hip operation and his new relationship. The book includes a gorgeous glossy picture section.

Cherry Radford, who discusses dance fiction in the October issue of Dance Today, is a novelist whose love of dance plays a big part in her books. Men Dancing is the tale of a dance fan who starts to feel that she’s taking part in a complex dance with the men and boys in her life.

We have five copies of each book to give away. For a chance to win, send the answer to the following question, with your name and address, to or our address here by November 1: Which year did Abbey Clancy win Strictly Come Dancing?


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