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November 2015 issue

There’s an international slant to November’s Dancing Times, with features on the Peking Opera, British male dancers working overseas and a report from the International Championships in ballroom and Latin dance. Our cover stars are The Royal Ballet’s Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball, whose debuts as the star-crossed lovers of Romeo and Juliet are reviewed […]

Nominations for the National Dance Awards announced

Nominations for the National Dance Awards, organised by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle, were announced today in advance of the award ceremony being held at the Robin Howard Theatre at The Place in London on January 25, 2016. The awards celebrate the vigour and variety of the UK’s thriving dance scene between September […]

Makhar Vaziev to direct Bolshoi Ballet

Makhar Vaziev has been appointed ballet director at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, Reuters reports. This is a newly-defined position: Vaziev follows outgoing artistic director Sergei Filin, who suffered a horrific acid attack in 2013. Vaziev, 54, is currently director of the ballet company of La Scala, Milan. Trained at St Petersburg’s Vaganova Academy, Vaziev joined the Maryinsky […]

Strictly Speaking week 5

Let me start this Strictly recap by stating that whatever pain meds Len “8s for everyone!” Goodman is on, I want some. Perhaps they would have enlivened a rather dreary mid-series outing, in which everyone seemed to be pacing themselves for the Halloween insanity to come. It wasn’t until the final three dances (otherwise known as […]

Strictly Speaking week 4

It’s almost worth having bonkers Strictly theme shows just to make us really appreciate the relative sanity of a non-theme show. Well, almost. We’re into “I keep whacking myself with a hammer because it feels so good when I stop” territory, and there was still some bludgeoning to endure this weekend. For one, ludicrous music choices […]

Classically British 2015

Classically British returns to The Tabernacle, London W11 on October 16, as part of Black History Month. This year’s programme includes Ballet Belle, a work in progress inspired by the true story of Dido Belle, the daughter of the enslaved woman Maria Belle and a British naval officer.

Strictly Speaking week 3

Ah, Strictly theme weeks. Regular readers will know I look forward to these about as much as emergency root canal surgery with a rusty saw. We reached a nadir last year with the addition of Donnie (Baby!) Osmond during Movie Week. On the upside: no Donnie. On the downside: everything else. I’ve never longed so […]

Strictly Speaking week 2

Yes, it’s that dark week of Strictly. The week when our first couple is thrown out of paradise, and also the week when at least one blogger develops crippling RSI. Still, at least 15 dances meant marginally less filler. Just time for a few Tess jokes to bomb, Claudia to inch over the pre-watershed line […]

Dance Power for the British Red Cross

Dance Power, a gala starring dancers from Strictly Come Dancing to The Royal Ballet, will raise funds for the British Red Cross. Held at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on October 11, it will be hosted by Strictly’s Anton du Beke, who will perform with his dance partner Erin Boag.

Jane Eyre at Northern Ballet

Cathy Marston (pictured) will create a new danced adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre for Northern Ballet. The new production will have its world premiere at Cast, Doncaster, on May 19, 2016 – the 200th anniversary year of Brontë’s birth.

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