The October 2014 issue of Dance Today is here! Our cover star and columnist, Strictly professional Natalie Lowe, leads our Strictly Come Dancing coverage, which includes an exclusive interview with Joanne Clifton. We have plenty of tips for dancers, including a new technique column and a report on cross-training for ballroom and Latin, plus interviews with young Blackpool champions, choreographer Susan Stroman and much more! This month is also your last chance to fill in our readers’ survey [link] for a chance to win fabulous prizes – the deadline’s October 27, so hurry!
BBC Young Dancer, a search for the UK’s most talented young dancers, has announced a starry line-up of judges, including Matthew Bourne, Akram Khan, Wayne McGregor, Tamara Rojo, Kenrick Sandy and Alistair Spalding. Carlos Acosta will be ambassador for the new talent competition, whose final rounds will be broadcast on BBC Two and BBC Four.
Two of Dance Today's contributors – sequence writer Helen Blackburn and long-time photographer Ron Self – won Carl Alan awards in a ceremony that took place on Friday, September 26 at the Copthorne Hotel Effingham Park, Gatwick.
Producers Michael Harrison and David Ian announced this morning a new production of the musical Annie, starring Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan (pictured). Annie will open on July 11, 2015 at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle before embarking on a year-long tour. See www.anniethemusicaltour.uk for details of the tour schedule.
Tickets are already on sale for the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing live tour, which runs from January 16 to February 8, visiting arenas across the UK with some of the celebrities and professional dancers from the new series. Call 0844 875 8758 to book or see www.strictlycomedancinglive.com for more information.
Gloster Jive and Swing Dance holds its ninth annual Gloucester Lindy Hop. Weekend from September 26 to 28. It’s a friendly dance camp with workshops, evening dances and a splendid line-up of teachers, pitched at improver, intermediate and more advanced swing dancers.