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Strictly Speaking – week eight

Marianka Swain is comforted by Strictly Come Dancing’s sparkly pleasures In this year, it may seem relatively minor, yet it’s still worth acknowledging: #BallsToBlackpool is actually a reality, as 2016’s unlikely saviour prances on. At this rate, he could be Prime Minister by Christmas. Or maybe Reality TV Captain of Galactic Emperor Trump’s Make Space Great […]

La Fille mal gardée

What has happened to La Fille mal gardée? When did a generic pantomime dame replace Widow Simone’s individual character? Why doesn’t Alain offer the spurned engagement ring to the entire audience? Why do the lights dim for the final joyous pas de deux? Why are the sheaves now bound in actual raffia, which makes them […]

WIN! Tickets to see English National Ballet’s production of Giselle

English National Ballet is offering Dancing Times readers the chance to win one of three pairs of tickets to see the classic production of one of the greatest Romantic ballets, Giselle, at the London Coliseum. Giselle is a haunting story of innocence and betrayal, a timeless tale about the redemptive power of love. Moving from the […]

Strictly Speaking – Week Seven

Marianka Swain on musical mistakes and a triumph for ballroom nerdiness We’ve reached the halfway point, and with the leading pack tighter than Ore’s salsa trousers the “shock” bottom twos keep coming. Well, it was rather a shock that Doomed Daisy somehow survived a dismal slot in the running order and the most saccharine routine known […]

Nominations for the National Dance Awards

Nominations have been announced for the 17th National Dance Awards, chosen by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle. The nominees were chosen from a long list of more than 400 dancers, choreographers and companies nominated. The single most nominated production is Akram Khan Company’s Until The Lions (pictured above), with four nominations. Northern Ballet’s […]

Liam Scarlett to join Queensland Ballet

Queensland Ballet has announced that, from 2017, Liam Scarlett will join the company as artistic associate. This is in addition to Scarlett’s role as artist in residence with The Royal Ballet. Queensland Ballet has already danced Scarlett’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, created for Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2015. He will return to […]

October 2016

Welcome to the start of a new volume of Dancing Times – our 107th – which is the first to come to you from our office in Battersea Square. Everything at our former premises in Clerkenwell Green was packed and moved across London shortly after we sent the last issue to the printers at the […]

November 2016 issue

This month, we look back at the creation of La Fille mal gardée, with the first in a series of extracts from the unpublished memoirs of Nadia Nerina, the first Lise in Frederick Ashton’s ballet. Our cover features The Royal Ballet’s Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé, two of the most recent stars to dance the […]

Dance Today Dance Teacher of the year

So many of our readers love to dance, and love the teachers who have led, informed and inspired them. When magazine Dance Today, now incorporated into Dancing Times, launched the Teacher of the Year competition for social dance teachers, we were amazed and touched by our readers’ votes. You didn’t just vote for your teachers, […]

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