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Inside this month:

New kid on the block

Our guest editor, Camilla Dallerup, met new Strictly pro, Tristan MacManus, fresh from Dancing With the Stars, and found they had a surprising amount in common...


Nicola Rayner meets personal trainer Kim Ingleby, the Strictly pros' secret weapon 

All in the timing

Phil Meacham explains why we were all born with the rhythm we need for ballroom and Latin dance 

And much more!

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    We’re very excited about our...

    29 Aug 2014
  • Take part in our readers' survey and win!

    This autumn, we are...

    29 Aug 2014
  • From dancefloor to catwalk

    Ballroom groups from the...

    22 Aug 2014
  • Anton and Erin back on tour!

    Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag...

    19 Aug 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.

In October Dance Today will be available in around 80 WHSmith stores throughout the UK, just as the busy autumn dance season begins. Look out for us on the shelves – or if you can’t find us, email our sales manager, Kim Thompson, who will be able to let you know the WHSmith nearest you stocking Dance Today. Our next issue will also mark the tenth anniversary of Strictly Come Dancing. For details about this special edition and our guest editor, Camilla Dallerup, click here. To reflect increasing print costs, our cover price will go up next month to £2.50, but our subscription rates will remain the same, making it better value than ever to subscribe. This month has a “summer holiday” flavour, with reminiscences of dance travels from Brigitt Mayer and Carole Edrich, from Cuba and Australia respectively.  Enjoy the rest of summer! 

Nicola Rayner, Editor

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WIN The Astaires: Fred and Adele 

astairesKathleen Riley’s book The Astaires: Fred and Adele, now out in paperback, explores Fred Astaire’s first great partnership, with his sister Adele. From bottom of the bill in vaudeville to toasts of the West End, the Astaires were Jazz Age legends. Riley evokes their dancing, their style and their relationship: younger Fred, struggling to keep up with his effortlessly brilliant sister, forged the perfectionist habits that would take him on to Hollywood. We have five copies of The Astaires as competition prizes. For a chance to win, send your name and the answer to the following question to this address or to What was Fred Astaire’s first film with Ginger Rogers? The deadline is September 8. 


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