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Inside this month:


Northern star
Joanne Clifton talks to Nicola Rayner about keeping her feet on the ground as almost all her dreams come true

Bright Young Things
Rachelle Stretch interviews two Under 21 couples who triumphed at Blackpool Dance Festival earlier this year

Technique clinic
Our resident dance doctor, NATD examiner and international adjudicator Phil Meacham, looks at the forward lockstep in the quickstep

And much more!

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    Last week on Strictly we...

    20 Oct 2014
  • Got To Dance winner Lukas McFarlane to launch Dance Proms this Saturday

    Got To Dance winner Lukas...

    17 Oct 2014
  • Swing dance balls to celebrate lindy hop legend

    Thousands of dancers – from...

    17 Oct 2014
  • UK Saturday Fun Competition

    Fun was certainly the name...

    09 Oct 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 this issue of the magazine, we hear from a range of inspirational female dancers and choreographers: new Strictly pro Joanne Clifton; our columnist and cover star, Natalie Lowe; and legendary Broadway choreographer Susan Stroman, who talks to us about the challenges of making it in a male-dominated industry. Two up-and-coming young competitive partnerships also share their stories with Rachelle Stretch, while ballroom and Latin examiner and international adjudicator, Phil Meacham, opens his very first "Technique clinic". Finally, if you haven’t yet filled in our survey and entered our fantastic prize draw, the deadline, October 27, is looming. The survey is still up on our website, or call us on 020 7250 3006 to receive a hard copy.

Nicola Rayner, Editor

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WIN books by Craig Revel Horwood and Cherry Radford!

tales-from-the-dance-floormendancing-cover-kdpDance Today readers have a chance to win dance fact and dance fiction this month, with books by Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood and novelist Cherry Radford.

Craig’s Tales from the Dance Floor is full of sensational stories from his life on and off stage, from playing the Wicked Queen in panto with Ann Widdecombe to Strictly tours with Kara Tointon, Louis Smith and Abbey Clancy, his recent hip operation and his new relationship. The book includes a gorgeous glossy picture section.

Cherry Radford, who discusses dance fiction in the October issue of Dance Today, is a novelist whose love of dance plays a big part in her books. Men Dancing is the tale of a dance fan who starts to feel that she’s taking part in a complex dance with the men and boys in her life.

We have five copies of each book to give away. For a chance to win, send the answer to the following question, with your name and address, to or our address here by November 1: Which year did Abbey Clancy win Strictly Come Dancing?


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