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Inside this month:

Fringe benefits
From sexy samba and surreal circus to fiery flamenco and comic tapping, Marianka Swain previews dance highlights at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the International Festival

The Best of the British
This month, we begin our coverage of the British Open Championships, which took place from May 22 to 30

Tips for tango tourists
Want to dance tango in Buenos Aires next month during the World Tango Championships? Sally Blake takes us through "the rules"

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.

Maybe it's the sunshine but we've gone festival crazy this month. Looking ahead to the Edinburgh Festival next month, our guide picks some of the dance highlights of both the Fringe and the International Festival, with Pamela Stephenson Connolly sharing the story of the creation of her new lambazouk show, Brazouka, which premieres in Edinburgh. Then, one of my favourite tango writers, Sally Blake, sheds some light on the obscure codes of Buenos Aires milongas for tango tourists who will be visiting the Argentine capital for the Tango Festival and Mundial in August. There's still just about time to book! Finally, as is traditional in our July issue, we start our reports on Blackpool Dance Festival. This year saw the retirement of Latin giants Sergey Surkov and Melia; our cover photographer, Jon Canning, caught an intimate moment during their final rumba on the Blackpool floor. And if that doesn't bring a tear to your eye, read some of our reader votes for Dance Today Teacher of the Year. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Nicola Rayner, Editor

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WIN summer prizes!

9780956530615 cvr frontballroomprWe have a bumper crop of competitions this month! With our summer prizes, you can learn the dance secrets of Blackpool and Buenos Aires, or protect dancing feet from the threat of shoe pain. In Ballroom! Obsession and Passion inside the World of Competitive Dance, three-time world champion Sharon Savoy reveals the demands and the glory of competing at Blackpool. The book is published by the University Press of Florida at £14.95, but we have three copies as competition prizes. Sally Blake’s Happy Tango: Sallycat’s Guide to Dancing in Buenos Aires , of which we have two copies, guides tango-lovers through the codes and customs of milongas in the Argentine capital. To win one of the books, email nicola@dance-today.co.uk or post the answer to the following question with your name and address, and the book title or titles you are interested in, to the address here: Blackpool is in which English county? The closing date for the competition is August 5. As you take to the dancefloor, Shulips will protect your heels, preventing rubbing or blisters. Hooking the thin, non-slip Shulip over the heel of your shoe will cushion your feet from any hard edges. Available in clear or black, they’ll match any style of footwear, from flats to heels. We have five pairs of Shulips as competition prizes. For a chance to win, email enquire@elite-dancewear.com by August 1, quoting “Shulips” in the title with your choice of black or clear, and mentioning Dance Today.

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