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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!

  • Strictly seeks deserving dancers!

    The BBC has announced the...

    12 Sep 2014
  • Last tickets for Lindy Hop Weekend!

    Gloster Jive and Swing Dance...

    09 Sep 2014
  • Strictly speaking

    It's been a turbulent summer...

    08 Sep 2014
  • Elixir Festival

    The Elixir Festival...

    08 Sep 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.

I was thrilled when Dance Today asked me to be guest editor. I immediately started looking back over my career in dancing to see what I have learned that I could share with all of you. A few things came to mind. Of course, I had to bring some Strictly sparkle, so I hooked up with new professional addition to the show Tristan MacManus in Los Angeles. I also wanted to bring awareness of the importance of teamwork – whether the team is your dance partner, coach or other team members. This led me to the interview with the inspiring former world salsa champions, and now judges on Danse avec les stars, Chris Marques and Jaci Spencer. The other element that I'm hugely passionate about is mind and body harmony, which resulted in an interview with Kim Ingleby, who helps top athletes, including dancers, to prepare physically and mentally for competitions. And, lastly, I commissioned the story about Dance UK, because of the stress we, as dancers, put on our bodies. I felt it's vital we know where to go when injury strikes and to be aware of how important our role is in preventing it. I hope you enjoy the stories I have chosen and thank you, Dance Today, for letting me be part of the team – I have loved every minute of it. 

Camilla Dallerup, Guest 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 19. 


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