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October 2014!

Our October 2014 issue is here! As the weather turns to autumn, and theatres and companies launch their new seasons, we speak to dancers Natalia Osipova, Francesca Hayward, Sarah Lamb and Marianela Nuñez, find out about Dance Umbrella’s new director Emma Gladstone and celebrate the 40th birthday of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon – featured on our […]

Carl Alan success for Dance Today contributors

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.

Strictly speaking

Week 1  Strictly is back, and it has a bold new strategy for fending off the competition: absorb it all, like some kind of light-entertainment power-ingesting cannibal. Hence the patronising Gogglebox people-watching-people-watching-telly opening and X Factor belief that logic and coherence only impede your judging panel.

Craig Revel Horwood to star as Miss Hannigan in Annie next year

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.

Strictly Come Dancing live tour 2015

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.

English National Ballet plans for 2014-15

English National Ballet (ENB) has announced its 2014 to 15 season, with works by William Forsythe, John Neumeier and Jiri Kylián, and guest performances by Ivan Vasiliev and Alban Lendorf.

Strictly seeks deserving dancers!

The BBC has announced the first ever People’s Strictly Come Dancing – a programme in which ordinary people, rather than celebrities, take part in the hit dancing show.

Ballet Boys on film

Ballet Boys, a new dance documentary from director Kenneth Elvebakk, opens in UK cinemas on September 12.

Last tickets for Lindy Hop Weekend!

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.

Get ready for World Ballet Day!

On October 1, the first ever World Ballet Day will see an unprecedented collaboration between five of the world’s leading ballet companies: the Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet.

Elixir Festival

The Elixir Festival celebrates older dance artists and lifelong creativity. Held at London’s Sadler’s Wells from September 12 to 15, it includes workshops, performances and a full day conference, titled Art of Age.

Strictly speaking

It’s been a turbulent summer. Warring nations. Deadly disease. Ferocious independence debates. And, of course, a luxuriously bearded baking hipster getting a bit cross with someone from the WI. But fear not, morose nation! Strictly is back, and we can all now join together in admiration of the human body’s ability to turn, leap, shimmy […]

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