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11 dancetoday nov14

Inside this month:

Q&A: Lucy Worsley
In a new BBC Four series Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance, Lucy Worsley and Len Goodman will take to the floor. Nicola Rayner finds out more

Back in action
Robin Windsor had to step away from this year's Strictly Come Dancing as he recovered from injury. He tells Zoë Anderson about rehabilitation

And now for the next trick...
Jonathan Gray takes a look at special effects in the theatre and finds out that nothing is new

And much more!

  • Bishopsgate birthday!

    The Bishopsgate Institute...

    20 Nov 2014
  • Club Vertigo in Ealing this week!

    Club Vertigo, a spectacular...

    20 Nov 2014
  • Dance Today in WHSmith

    We are very happy to...

    18 Nov 2014
  • Strictly speaking

    It’s Blackpool Week on...

    17 Nov 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.

If you have picked up Dance Today in one of the 80 WHSmith stores in which we are now stocked, a warm welcome to you. Created in 1956, we are proud to be the only UK monthly that specialises in ballroom, Latin and all forms of social dance. In this issue of the magazine, Strictly Come Dancing pro Robin Windsor speaks candidly about his heartbreak at having to withdraw from the BBC show this year, his rehabilitation from injury and his struggles as a young dancer. If you’re a Strictly fan, I also recommend Natalie Lowe’s column, where she discusses Tim Wonnacott’s recent elimination and shares her health and beauty tips, and also our hit blog “Strictly speaking”, which you can find here. Finally, with Christmas on the horizon, you might like to think about a gift subscription for the dance lover in your life – see our store for details. 

Nicola Rayner, Editor

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WIN Len Goodman's Dancing around Britain 

lengoodman dance 300 cmykStrictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman’s new book Dancing around Britain will waltz you through the history of British dance, through golden memories and rare images from the Daily Mirror’s historic archives. He looks at Britain’s fabulous old ballrooms, classic songs and movie moments, from the jazz age to the rise of rock ’n’ roll and beyond. 

Five lucky Dance Today readers can win copies of the book! For your chance to win, send the answer to the following question, with your name and contact details, to the address here or email The Empress Ballroom of the Winter Gardens is in which British seaside town? The closing date is December 2.

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