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Inside this month:

The attraction of opposites
Alison Gallagher-Hughes
discovers the dynamic that made the professional partnership of our cover stars Domen Krapez and Monica Nigro so mesmerising

Life through a lens
In September, ballroom photographer Ron Self and his wife, Sheila, won a Carl Alan Award for their contribution to dance. Nicola Rayner finds out more

Tips on technique
This month James Whitehead returns with his popular series on technique to explain why it’s all in the timing…

And much more!

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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 our survey last September, which a huge number of Dance Today readers filled out, one subject that came up time and again was that of technique: readers would like more guidance and articles on how to dance well, and were full of praise for features such as Phil Meacham’s Technique clinic and James Whitehead’s Tips on technique. This month, the latter returns, alongside our regular piece from Doctor Dance. I know both dance teachers would love to hear from you, so if there is anything you would particularly like help with, do let us know. Speaking of dance teachers, this month Dance Today Teacher of the Year returns and is now open for votes. We have some exciting news regarding the competition this year – see here for details – and in the meantime may I wish you all a very happy 2015.

Nicola Rayner, Editor

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