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November 2016

This issue of Dancing Times sees the first in a series of extracts taken from the unpublished memoirs of the ballerina Nadia Nerina, beginning with her description of the creation of Frederick Ashton’s masterpiece, La Fille mal gardée, for which she was the first-cast Lise, and which has recently been revived by The Royal Ballet […]

December 2016 issue

This month, we look at Matthew Bourne’s new production The Red Shoes, meet Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt and explore the marketing of dance… Art and love Zoë Anderson speaks to Matthew Bourne and cover star Ashley Shaw about The Red Shoes, the new production inspired by the Powell and Pressburger film […]

WIN! The Royal Ballet The Collection DVDs

  Celebrating 60 years since The Royal Ballet was awarded its Royal Charter, The Royal Ballet The Collection is a sumptuous 15 disc set by Opus Arte, illustrating the breadth of the company’s work. The 22 ballets, filmed over the last decade, include 19th century classics such as Giselle, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and The […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 10

This year’s couples largely managed to avoid the crippling malaise that is Blackpool Hangover Week, although I could have done without the continuation of bizarre scoring, plus dubious Cha Cha Challenge choices. It’s no secret that the judges have firm views on potential finalists versus also-rans, but attempting to erect a Berlin Wall on the […]

Rosie Kay Dance Company receives funding for Five Soldiers tour

Rosie Kay Dance Company has been awarded £45,000 of funding towards a 2017 tour of Five Soldiers, Kay’s superb work about the experience of warfare. Announced as part of the UK Government’s Autumn Statement, the award is part of LIBOR funding, through which armed forces and emergency services charities, and other related good causes, receive money […]

Scottish Ballet plans

Scottish Ballet has announced its 2017 to 18 season, which will include a revival of Kenneth MacMillan’s Le Baiser de la Fée, the company’s first digital season and an international tour. Digital season The digital season, which launches in spring 2017, aims to explore new ways of presenting dance, with a month of bespoke projects. […]

British dancer wins first ever Prix Clerc Milon

Prizes for classical dancing are few and far between in France. Indeed, the Prix Clerc Milon – awarded for the first time at the end of a gala performance amid the precious vines of this cru classé Bordeaux château early this July – is the only one at present. Born out of a desire by […]

Nominations sought for the 2016 Jane Attenborough One Dance UK Industry Award

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Jane Attenborough One Dance UK Industry Award, which honours an individual working in dance who has made an outstanding contribution to the art form. The award aims to highlight the important, but often unacknowledged, contributions made by individuals who make a real difference to how dance is created, […]

One Dance UK pledges support for hip hop and circus artists

The next conference by One Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme has been rescheduled in order to allow for more consultation with artists in both circus arts and hip hop dance. In preparation for this event, artists, healthcare professionals and researchers in hip hop and circus arts are invited to attend a free collaborative forum on […]

Going high when others go low

I always planned my November blog to use the US Presidential Election as a departure point. I started writing this on the morning before the polls opened. I finished it on the day after the election result. My ideas about what I’d write this month changed radically as I went about my ballet business over […]

Going further

Many people consider Wayne McGregor’s choreography the latest development in classical ballet, the next step after William Forsythe. Unlike Forsythe, however, he was not trained in ballet, yet he tinkers with its vocabulary obsessively, manipulating human bodies to their physical limits, distorting their alignment, disturbing their balance, and twisting joints to the extreme of their […]

Strictly Speaking – Week Nine

Marianka Swain reports on Strictly Come Dancing‘s annual pilgrimage to Blackpool Ah, Blackpool Week: forced VTs, drama, sky-high scoring and the odd great performance amidst the hysteria. The best part for dancers is the chance to use that giant sprung floor – or at least it would be, but once again the couples spent their routines […]

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