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Strictly Speaking week 10

Ah, post-Blackpool Week – Strictly’s annual hangover show. Lower the lights, pass the Berocca, and for god’s sake don’t make too much noise. Not generally a vintage night, and so it proved, with several celebs stuck with styles that didn’t suit and the judges’ scoring closer to sober than usual – except for Bruno, who […]

December 2015 issue

As Christmas approaches, Dancing Times gets ready for The Nutcracker and for the final rounds of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing ­– which appears on our cover for the first time, with cover stars Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani. We also meet promising young dancers – ballroom and Latin couple Glenn Richard Boyce and Alexandra […]

Strictly Speaking – week 9

Welcome to Blackpool, where, according to Strictly, the beaches are positively balmy in November, time has stood still since Len’s 1950s heyday, and the local scoring exchange rate is approximately 1:1.5 – 9s and 10s for all the vaguely good boys and girls, and a six feels like a slap in the face with a […]

Strictly Speaking – week 8

We need to talk about music. Strictly precariously straddles the worlds of ballroom and entertainment, so it can’t – and shouldn’t – be wall-to-wall Victor Silvester, but we’ve reached a crisis point. Song and theme choices (as I understand it, some suggested by pros, but producers hold sway) are now actively handicapping couples, who can […]

A celebration of Jonathan Ollivier

The dancer Jonathan Ollivier, who died earlier this year, will be remembered in the performance Mr Wonderful – A Celebration of Jonathan Ollivier’s Life in Dance. Presented by New Adventures and Re:Bourne, this evening of dance will be performed at Sadler’s Wells on January 18, 2016. Matthew Bourne, director of New Adventures and Re:Bourne, said: […]

Bolshoi Ballet summer season, London 2016

The Bolshoi Ballet has announced a three-week summer season at the Royal Opera House, London in 2016. The season opens with Don Quixote from July 25 to 28, followed by Swan Lake (July 30 to August 2, August 8 to 9). The repertory also includes Jean-Christophe Maillot’s The Taming of the Shrew on August 3 […]

Strictly Speaking week 7

Phew! A return to form following last week’s Halloween hellscape, with some great performances, the series’ first multiple 10s, and Jeremy Vine riding a horse. All that, AND copious amounts of genuinely informative training footage? You’re spoiling us, Mr Ambassador. As we’re now at the halfway stage, it was no surprise to see genial duffer […]

November 2015

We have been really pleased with the comments so far about the newly-integrated Dancing Times and Dance Today magazines. Perhaps inevitably, there have been a few grumbles, but on the whole the response has been very positive from both readers and advertisers alike.  Once again, this month’s magazine is packed full of interviews, news and […]

October 2015

Welcome to this brand new issue of Dancing Times. At the start of our 106th volume, we have taken the opportunity to incorporate into Dancing Times our sister magazine, Dance Today, which for nearly 60 years focused on all aspects of social dancing. In this way, we are reuniting within our pages the worlds of […]

London Russian Ballet School

London Russian Ballet School, a growing vocational school founded by former Bolshoi dancer Evgeny Goremykin and Harriet Pickering and based in Clapham, south London, will be performing a programme of works at three venues in the capital in the coming weeks.

Osipova to dance at Sadler’s Wells

Natalia Osipova, the Russian-born principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, is to appear in a triple bill of specially created contemporary works at Sadler’s Wells next summer. The announcement was made at Sadler’s Wells’ annual press conference, where the theatre also revealed its plans for the first half of 2016.

Strictly Speaking week 6

Bitter experience has obliterated all possible hope for Strictly’s annual fright fest – best watched several dozen drinks in, when the more disturbing details begin to blur round the edges – but this was an abysmal show even by Halloween standards. It’s hard to know who to pity most: the dancers, stuck with the impossible challenge […]

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