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Inside this month:

Back to the future
Alison Gallagher-Hughes
talks to three dance businesses that have breathed life into old buildings

Quick quick slow
She's fast-talking and sparky, he's a laidback "surfer dude", but Katya Virshilas and Jared Murillo tell Nicola Rayner why their different energies work well in a new stage partnership...

The Ballet Lover's Companion
In her new book, The Ballet Lover's Companion, Zoë Anderson recommends Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs to readers of Dance Today, as one of many ballets that draws on social dance steps, imagery and emotion

And much more!

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    15 Jun 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 I write this, it will be too late to wish those dancing at the British Open luck, but I hope you all enjoyed Blackpool, that it brought the results you hoped for and that you enjoy our reports next month in the July issue of Dance Today. The summer is traditionally a quieter time for dance, but our Reviews section this month is jam-packed – there’s plenty to enjoy, from Marianka Swain’s review of High Society to Zoë Anderson’s coverage of lindy and hip hop fusion at Breakin’ Convention. Speaking of fusions, this edition is full of dancers “crossing over” – from ballroom dancer Katya Virshilas training in lindy hop and Charleston to ballet dancers taking on ballroom styles. We hope you enjoy the issue. 

Nicola Rayner, Editor

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WIN The Ballet Lover’s Companion

ballet-lovers-companionThe Ballet Lover’s Companion, published by Yale University Press this month, is Zoë Anderson’s latest book. Focusing on 140 ballets that form the core of the international repertoire, Anderson takes the reader on a journey through the history of ballet, from its earliest times at the aristocratic courts of renaissance Italy and France to the Romantic era and then on to the emergence of the Ballets Russes and the masters of 20th-century dance. Her concluding chapter brings us right up to date with the choreographers of today, including Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon.
We have three signed copies of the new hardback to give away as competition prizes. To enter, send your name, address and answer to or to the address here.

In what year did Frank Sinatra die?
The closing date for the competition is June 30.

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