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12 dancetoday dec14

Inside this month:

A whole Lott of talent
Series 12 super-couple Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon talk to Claire Saul about their Strictly experience

Your time to shine!
Dance Today has joined forces with the Dance with Vincent and Flavia app to give YOU the chance to dance for Vincent and Flavia – and to win fab-u-lous prizes

Shall We Dance?
In an excerpt from his new book Shall We Dance? The True Story of the Couple Who Taught the World to Dance, Douglas Thompson explains the popularity of Vernon and Irene Castle

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.

This month, we have joined forces with the Dance with Vincent and Flavia app to launch a fantastic competition: all you need is a pair of dance shoes, a video camera and that all-important dance partner. Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace will pick their favourites themselves for the shortlist and the public will then vote for the final winning pair. We have some wonderful prizes available – see the magazine for details. For those of you who prefer to compete from the safety of the sofa, we also have our traditional Christmas giveaway – and if you’re still stuck for Christmas ideas, may I recommend a year’s subscription to Dance Today for you or a friend? (See our store) As I mentioned last month, Dance Today is now also available in around 80 WHSmith stores – see http://tinyurl.com/mcavply for the full list of where we are stocked. Finally, I believe I have just enough space to wish all our readers a very happy Christmas! 

Nicola Rayner, Editor

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WIN loads of Christmas goodies

christmas treeWe have a host of festive prizes waiting under the Dance Today Christmas tree! To enter, simply send, by post or email, the name of the prize you would like to win, along with your name, address and phone number, to our usual addresses by January 5, 2015, marking the envelope or email us with “Christmas competition.” For more fab-u-lous prizes, try our Dance for Vincent and Flavia competition in this month's magazine – but you will need your dancing shoes!

We have the following prizes to give away…
Ten pairs of tickets to MOVE IT, the UK’s biggest dance event, at London’s Olympia Grand Hall from February 13 to 15 (see www.moveitdance.co.uk for further details).

One pair of tickets to Pasha: Life Through Dance, Pasha Kovalev’s new dance extravaganza, featuring special guest Anya Garnis, at the New Wimbledon Theatre on April 28, 2015. www.pashakovalev.co.uk

Six copies of All That Jazz, the latest release from Maestro Records by Danceclub (Thomas E Brown and Shawn Sanderson): 18 tracks of ballroom and Latin favourites. www.maestrorecords.com

Two copies of Abelardo Barroso with Orquesta Sensación: Cha Cha Cha (praised in our November 2014 issue).
www.worldcircuit.co.uk

Two copies each of Tema’s Don’t Stop Believin’ and The Ultimate Foxtrot Collection (reviewed in our December 2014 issue). temadance.hostedbywebstore.co.uk

Five copies of Kelta Fit, a new fitness DVD featuring specially adapted Scottish and Irish dance moves with an original soundtrack of lively, traditional music. www.keltafit.com

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