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Inside this month:

Zoë Anderson meets Carlos Acosta

Nicola Rayner catches up with Latin dancers Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis

Jonathan Gray reviews Northern Ballet’s 1984

Scott Cupit gives usa preview of his new book, Swing Dance

And much more!

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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.

Welcome to this brand new issue of Dancing Times. At the start of our 106th volume, we have taken the opportunity to incorporate into Dancing Times our sister magazine, Dance Today, which for nearly 60 years focused on all aspects of social dancing.

In this way, we are reuniting within our pages the worlds of social and theatrical dance – from ballet to ballroom, and contemporary dance to Latin American, as well as a host of other dance styles – for the first time since 1956, when Dancing Times and Ballroom Dancing Times became separate magazines. Inside this issue you will find a host of articles, interviews and reviews, as well as favourite columns from both publications, that cover the many different aspects of today’s dance scene. We have also taken the opportunity to redesign and refresh the contents, so we hope all of our readers – both old and new – like what they see!

Highlights of this month’s magazine include interviews with ballet dancer Carlos Acosta and Latin American champions Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis, as well as Marianka Swain’s light-hearted verdict on the opening show of the new season of Strictly Come Dancing. We also include Royal Ballet principal Lauren Cuthbertson’s own thoughts about recovering from injury in Talking Point, and hear about ballroom’s first International Championships from Nicola Rayner.

Finally, I would like to bid farewell to our finance director, Fiona Conway, who leaves Dancing Times after two very fruitful years, and to welcome Beverley King, who becomes our new finance manager. 

Jonathan Gray, Editor

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