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October 2016 issue

October’s Dancing Times is the first to come to you from our new office in Battersea Square. There’s a Russian feel to this month’s magazine, with interviews with young dancers from the Bolshoi and the Mikhailovsky and with Vladimir Urin, the formidable director of the Bolshoi Theatre. We also feature ballroom and Latin show Burn […]

Silky Dance tights giveaway!

We have 50 pairs of amazing tights to give away to Dancing Times readers. Silky Dance Ultimates from Legwear International are a technical breakthrough – they’re knitted using vertical lines of knots, creating a completely ladder-proof garment. (We’ve tested them in the office, and suspect witchcraft was involved: they really don’t ladder!) Designed for the […]

WIN! Tickets to The Last Tango

Fresh from their sell-out hit shows Midnight Tango and Dance ’Til Dawn, Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have created their most moving production yet as they prepare to dance in their final ever London show following a hit UK and Ireland tour. Twenty years of dancing together has seen them become […]

Wayne’s world

Dancer Wayne Sleep will be sharing his memories alongside the music that has marked his career in BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night, to be recorded at the Watford Colosseum on October 10. Played live by the BBC Concert Orchestra, and conducted by Gavin Sutherland, the music will include extracts from The Sleeping […]

September 2016

This is the very last issue we will be bringing to you from our base at Clerkenwell House in Clerkenwell Green, as, from September 1, the company will be moving to a new office space located at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in Battersea Square, London. Although the staff of Dancing Times will be […]

Darkness Poomba: Korean dance in London

Modern Table, a Korean dance and music group led by choreographer Kim Jae-Duk, make their UK debut at The Place from October 24 to 25, as part of K-Music, London’s festival of Korean music. Darkness Poomba takes contemporary and Korean traditional dance, blending it with live music inspired by ancient Korean song – the “poomba” […]

Strictly Speaking 2016 – Week 1

Marianka Swain on the first competitive week of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 And we’re off! Another series of ringer debates, capricious scoring and Great British Triers, the latter group represented this year by, well, pretty much just Ed Balls. Is the 2016 crop a bit too good too soon? I did some highly scientific research (AKA chucked […]

Fringe focus

The arrival of the Fringe Festival each year turns solid, respectable Edinburgh into a blur of manic physical and visual experience. Throughout the city, the most unlikely spaces become performance venues, in which cramped church vestibules, paint-peeling basements, the wings – or even the stages themselves – morph into pop-up green rooms for hectic costume-change, make-up, […]

Can they dance like nobody else?

Alvin Ailey’s first company, established in 1958, consisted of seven black dancers and the intention of showcasing black culture. Over the years, as the troupe’s size and reputation continued to grow, it had an unmatched impact on dance in the US. Though predominantly African-American, the roster was integrated in 1964 and has included white and […]

New works for Northern Ballet

In 2017, Northern Ballet will create three new full-length ballets – a record for the company. Alongside Kenneth Tindall’s Casanova, announced in May, the company will stage new adaptations of John Boyne’s novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. Choreographed and directed by Daniel de Andrade, The […]

Dance as window-dressing?

Dance maligned, dance misused, dance as window-dressing. You wouldn’t expect a live performance to inspire such thoughts, but in less than a week I’ve seen two that do, and the combination was quite unsettling. Let’s start with the worse offence, perpetrated by the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre. A new version of an old story, Her […]

August 2016

On June 23, 2016, the British electorate voted – by a small margin – to leave the European Union. It’s something of an understatement to say that the result has caused consternation within the country, as well as a certain degree of anxiety and uncertainty as to what will happen next. Undoubtedly many things will […]

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