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December 2013

As Christmas approaches, it’s hard to believe we are at the end of another year packed with dance, a fact underlined by the announcement of the nominations for the 2013 Dance Critics’ Circle Awards, which are listed in full on page 7. This month, we have a theme relating to British ballet and its style running […]

Merry Christmas!

Season’s greetings to all our readers.

Strictly speaking

The grand final The Series 11 final featured four exciting, contrasting couples and was genuinely impossible to call, making it a gripping watch through both shows. Well, apart from the recaps, the recaps of the recaps, the extended retrospective, the “J word” tales, the manufactured clips and the neverending Christmas special trailer. Really, there’s a […]

Aliona Vilani joins Brendan Cole for Licence To Thrill tour

Brendan Cole will be joined by fellow Strictly Come Dancing professional Aliona Vilani for his Licence To Thrill tour. Aliona steps into the leading lady shoes for the tour after French Dancing with the Stars champion Fauve Hautot pulled out having injured the cruciate ligaments in her knee.

Dance on television this Christmas

Dance on television this Christmas Christmas is here! Along with mince pies, frantic shopping and The Nutcracker on stage, there’s also plenty of festive television. Dancing Times has been circling the dance goodies in our Christmas listings magazine, with everything from the sequins of Strictly Come Dancing – both the series finale and the Christmas special (pictured) – […]

Maryinsky Ballet to visit London in 2014

The Maryinsky Ballet has announced plans for its London season in summer 2014.

Guinness World Record attempt on Christmas Jumper Day

Hundreds of Save the Children supporters joined choreographer Arlene Phillips in an attempt to break the world record for the most people wearing Christmas jumpers in one space last week on December 13.

Dance at the Adelaide Festival

The programme for the 2014 Adelaide Festival has been announced, including dance, theatre, music, visual arts and film. The event is held at venues across Adelaide, Australia, from February 28 to March 16, 2014.

IADMS 2013

Rachel Rist, director of Dance at Tring Park School, attended a dance medicine and science conference held recently in Seattle, Washington

Asylmuratova at the Mikhailovsky, Ayupova at Vaganova

Having resigned from the Vaganova Academy, Altynai Asylmuratova has taken a job at the Mikhailovsky Theatre. In an oddly symmetrical move, another former Maryinsky ballerina, Zhanna Ayupova, will move from the Mikhailovsky to the Vaganova Academy.

Karen Hardy Studios’ fifth anniversary party

On reflection, when Karen Hardy and husband Conrad Murray (pictured with Jade Johnson) decided to start a business together in 2008, in one of the worst economic climates of all time, it makes what they have gone on to achieve with Karen Hardy Studios all the more remarkable.   These achievements were celebrated at a […]

Strictly speaking

Week 12 – The semis We’re back to a lengthy show, so I’ll keep this brief. Here are my five gripes about an otherwise enjoyable semi-final…

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