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Strictly speaking

Week 5 I fear “Strictly” may be having an identity crisis. In past years, fans have been able to refer to it as a distinct and (let’s face it) far superior creation to other weekend fare. It’s not purely comedic (“Let’s Dance For Comic Relief”) or slapstick variety (“Britain’s Got Talent”); it doesn’t revolve around […]

English National Ballet at Tate Britain

Next March, English National Ballet will move into Tate Britain’s Duveen galleries for a week, taking class and rehearsing among the paintings. The residency, from February 27 to March 4, celebrates the opening of the major exhibition Picasso and Modern British Art and ENB’s Beyond Ballets Russes season.

“Strictly Come Dancing” Halloween Spectacular

This weekend sees the “Strictly Come Dancing” Halloween Spectacular. Tomorrow night the 11 remaining couples will don ghoulish and ghostly costumes, and take to the dancefloor with an array of, ahem, devilishly daring ballroom and Latin routines.

Spring and summer at Sadler’s Wells

Ballet Preljocaj, The Royal Ballet of Flanders and Danza Contemporanea de Cuba are among the international companies in the new season at Sadler’s Wells, alongside Matthew Bourne, Ivan Putrov and Russell Maliphant.

Tango on the Thames

Tango on the Thames this weekend on on HMS President at London’s Victoria Embankment. To mark Halloween, some dancers will be dancing in costume, so do feel free to dress up!

Halloween Swing Ball

“You’ve heard of the Big Apple, now come and learn the Giant Pumpkin,” so say the folks at London Swing Dance Society as they prepare for their Halloween Swing Ball on Saturday, October 29.

Matthew Bourne: anniversary celebrations for New Adventures

Next year is an anniversary year for Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures. Bourne and Sadler’s Wells, where he is an associate artist, will celebrate with a year of performances, from revivals of early work to a brand new Sleeping Beauty for Christmas 2012. Dancing Times caught up with Bourne just before the announcement.

Latin Extravaganza!

DanceMyWay will hold a gala extravaganza on November 26, with Latin jazz, Brazilian samba, street and ballroom dance at the University of London (ULU), Malet Street, London.

Happy Birthday, DanceXchange!

DanceXchange has announced a season of special performances to celebrate its ten years based at Birmingham Hippodrome. The birthday season will include a UK premiere from Chinese company TAO Dance Theatre (pictured) and the world premiere of Aakash Odedra’s new work, Rising.

Strictly speaking

Week 4 After befuddling Broadway, it was back to ballroom basics for Week 4 of “Strictly”  – except the training VTs, which get more David Lynch each week.

October 2011

As the cuts in Arts Council funding begin to take effect, we include two views about their impact on contemporary dance in this issue of Dancing Times. Betsy Gregory’s Talking Point column puts in perspective how the cuts will affect Dance Umbrella, the long-running annual festival of contemporary dance; and choreographer Lea Anderson talks to […]


The cast of Napoletango knows how to make an entrance. For a while, we sit in the London Coliseum waiting for them. Then in they burst – and there are lots of them, 19 in all – trailing down the aisles laden with suitcases and blankets and all manner of luggage.

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