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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.
There's still time to vote for your favourite dance teacher in the return of Dance Today Teacher of the Year, which closes on May 1. I am happy to say that reader votes have been flooding in again this year, with a healthy range of dance styles represented. On the subject of dance teaching, I recommend ballroom and Latin teacher James Whitehead’s first article of a new series, Tips on technique, in the April issue, and Helena Fitoussi’s balanced piece, which investigates the controversial subject of Amateur competitors teaching. Although autumn might seem far away at the moment, Strictly season will be with us in no time, and I’m very excited to announce that this year our September issue will be guest-edited by a former Strictly champion – Camilla Dallerup. Camilla is a much-loved member of the Strictly family, a very successful former Latin competitor and, as everyone who’s come across her will know, a warm and multi-talented person. I can't wait to work with her.
Nicola Rayner, Editor
WIN tickets to Havana Rakatan!
One of Sadler's Wells' most successful productions, Havana Rakatan offers a generous slice of Cuban rhythms. The dancers are joined by eight-piece son band Turquino for salsa, mambo, bolero, cha cha cha, rumba and more. We have two tickets to the show to give away. For a chance to win, email or post the answer to the following question, with your name, address and telephone number, to the contact details here: Which Caribbean island does Havana Rakatan come from? The closing date is April 22. Back by popular demand, the show returns to London's Peacock Theatre from May 6 to 24. See www.sadlerswells.com for details.