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Inside this month:

Moving on up
Popular Strictly pros Aljaž Skorjanec and Janette Manrara will teach and perform at MOVE IT this month and are back on our screens in The People’s Strictly in March. Nicola Rayner catches up with them

Bet you look good on the dancefloor
Alison Gallagher-Hughes meets the team behind a new e-book which goes beyond lipstick, powder and paint to create the ideal look for competitive dance

Tan to tango
Flavia Cacace talks to Nicola Rayner about her new range, By Flavia, and exciting plans afoot for 2015

And much more!

  • UPDATE Dance for Vincent and Flavia – the winners!

    We had a wonderful time...

    25 Feb 2015
  • Puttin' on the Ritz with Robin and Kristina

    Strictly Come Dancing...

    20 Feb 2015
  • Dancing with the enemy

    Zoë Anderson watched Pierre...

    16 Feb 2015
  • Dance for Comic Relief

    Strictly Come Dancing...

    06 Feb 2015

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.

A warm welcome to those of you who have picked up Dance Today at MOVE IT (and a warm “welcome back” to the rest of you). In this issue of Dance Today we look at dance beauty. As Amateur ballroom dancer Stefanie Bossen writes in her new e-book, Make-Up Fundamentals: “What’s the first thing you see when a couple walks on to the dancefloor? The answer is simple – it is their look.” Alison Gallagher-Hughes meets Stefanie and hears about her new publication, the first in a series, while Flavia Cacace, introduces her new beauty range, which she has developed specifically for dancers. Meanwhile in “Just ad dance,” Marianka Swain looks at why the aesthetics of dance work so well in advertisements. But it’s not all about looks: one of my favourite pieces this month is James Whitehead’s on why we should all dance with more conviction, while cover star Janette Manrara’s positive attitude shines through in her interview.

Nicola Rayner, Editor

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