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Strictly Speaking – the final

Never question the commitment of boyband voters. A final that zigzagged between possible winners (well, apart from Katie) ended up feeling somewhat redundant as Jay’s fans carried him over the finishing line regardless of his distinctly underwhelming performance. Aliona’s dubious choices – an unshowy showdance, not repeating their jive lest they sully a “perfect moment” […]

January 2016 issue

We welcome 2016 with coverage of very many dance styles, from ballet, ballroom and contemporary dance by way of malambo from Argentina and the Peking Opera from China… Energy forever Zoë Anderson speaks to Royal Ballet principal Marianela Nuñez about Giselle, dance on screen and the politics of guesting: “Nuñez feels strongly about [guesting]. It’s […]

December 2015

Christmas will soon be upon us, and for everyone in the UK dance world this can mean only two things – the start of The Nutcracker season and the climax of the latest series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing competition! In this month’s magazine, these important events are not forgotten. Vikki Jane Vile takes […]

Creation of One Dance UK

One Dance UK is a new industry body created by the merger of the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, Dance UK, National Dance Teachers Association and Youth Dance England. A registered charity, it will provide services for young people, teachers and training institutions, professional dancers, choreographers, companies and producers. It aims to provide […]

Dancers wanted at Ballet Cymru

Ballet Cymru is seeking experienced, motivated dancers with skills in contemporary dance and classical ballet.

Christmas dance on television

We’ve gone through the listings with our highlighter pen, seeking out dance on television over the festive period, from Strictly to ballet to the traditional New Year’s Day concert from Vienna. We were feeling completist, so decided to include circus spectacle and migrating birds on our list.         Saturday 19 December Strictly […]

Strictly Speaking week 12

Ah, two dances. Either double the fun, or a gruelling reminder that these people have lives and jobs and adding a cha cha to a Viennese waltz at the end of a long series is just asking for a nervous breakdown on live TV. (That’s the producers asking. Preferably during the X Factor overlap.) Pretty […]

Strictly Speaking week 11

What’s worse than a limp theme show? A limp theme show at a crucial stage of the competition. We might arguably have had the same quarter-final elimination without it – paso was always going to expose Princess Helen’s lack of versatility – but at least it would have resulted from a fair test of ballroom […]

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