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Inside this month:


Natalie Lowe on training for that paso

Natalie describes the experience of The People's Strictly Come Dancing

Rivals reunited

Alison Gallagher-Hughes meets two Come Dancing couples brought together for a reunion - and a rematch...

Dance the weight off!

Personal trainer and competitive dancer Ray Conway looks at dance and weight loss 

And much more!

  • The Last Tango: Vincent and Flavia in their final ever tour

    Vincent Simone and Flavia...

    24 Apr 2015
  • Strictly professionals announced!

    The professional line-up for...

    23 Apr 2015
  • Che London! Tango Festival

    Look out for the first ever...

    17 Apr 2015
  • From Brazil to Brighton!

    Catch a "Brazilliant"...

    17 Apr 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.


As we put the finishing touches to this issue of Dance Today, we received some very sad news. Mary Clarke, editor emeritus of Dancing Times and former editor of Ballroom Dancing Times (as Dance Today was called until 2001), passed away on March 20. As well as editing Dancing Times from 1963 until 2008, Mary was also dance critic for The Guardian from 1977, London correspondent of both Dance Magazine (1943 to 1955) and Dance News (1955 to 1970), and assistant editor and contributor to Ballet Annual from 1952 to 1963. 

In addition, she was also the author of a substantial number of books on ballet and dance, many of which were written in collaboration with her colleague and great friend, Clement Crisp. We shall be publishing a tribute to Mary in the May issue of Dance Today. She was remarkable person: an inspiration and mentor to all of us at Dancing Times and to many more further afield.

Nicola Rayner, Editor

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