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June 2017 issue

In this month’s issue, we pay special tribute to Zenaida Yanowsky, who retires from The Royal Ballet at the end of this season, and hear from three very different choreographers: Richard Alston, Diego Romay and Jasmin Vardimon.             Being different Zenaida Yanowsky tells Zoë Anderson about career milestones and plans […]

Blackpool begins – watch the Amateur Ballroom

The Blackpool Dance Festival is here! Opening on May 25, and running until June 2, the festival welcomes the ballroom world: more than 60 countries were represented at last year’s festival. On May 30, new winners Ferdinando Iannaccone and Yulia Musikhina triumphed in the Amateur Latin championships. You can watch a free livestream of today’s […]

Choreography fellowship at Rambert

Rambert is inviting applications for the next Leverhulme choreography fellowship. This is the second of three year-long fellowships, supported by the Leverhulme Trust, which aim to help professional dancers make the transition to become full-time working choreographers. The first fellowship went to Julie Cunningham (pictured). The fellowship is open to artists who may still be […]

Taking a risk

Last month, I watched Patricia McBride coach two New York City Ballet dancers, Lauren Lovette and Daniel Ulbricht, in the pas de deux and short solo passages from George Balanchine’s Rubies. McBride had created the woman’s role in 1967, and the Balanchine Foundation’s Interpreters Archive had organised the coaching session as part of its ongoing […]

Clare Connor becomes chief executive of The Place

The Place has announced that Clare Connor will be its new chief executive. Currently leading the strategic business development of London’s Southbank Centre, she succeeds Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp, who stepped down in 2016. It’s a return for Connor, who trained at London Contemporary Dance School, based at The Place. She performed with Phoenix Dance Company, […]

Lost in music

George Balanchine said he didn’t require dancers who wanted to dance. The choreographer instead wanted dancers who needed to dance. That imperative desire to move, as urgent as the necessity for oxygen for our unique breed, comes from music. We dance for different reasons on different days – sometimes it’s to prove something; sometimes it’s […]

Jonathan Gray goes back to the barre

It’s something I’ve been thinking about for some time now. For years, I’ve been conscious of how increasingly desk-bound a professional life spent writing and editing is, with very little opportunity for much physical activity, especially when working in a small office. A high proportion of my work takes place in a sitting position, and […]

Shirley Ballas: Strictly’s new head judge

Strictly Come Dancing has announced its new head judge: Shirley Ballas, the Latin dancer and international coach, will replace Len Goodman on the panel of the BBC show. Born in Wallasey in 1960, Ballas had a glittering competitive career: three-time British Open Latin champion, ten-time United States Latin American champion. By the age of 23, […]

BRB’s Nutcracker comes to the Royal Albert Hall

Birmingham Royal Ballet will bring a new adaptation of its much-loved Nutcracker to London’s Royal Albert Hall this Christmas, with performances from December 28 to 31. David Bintley, artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB), said: “Our wonderful Nutcracker has been an essential part of Christmas in Birmingham for over 25 years, and I am […]

April 2017

April always feels to me like the beginning of spring, but one reality of life is that, without fail, it’s also the start of the new tax year. In one of the articles we offer this month, Lee Knights explains how dance schools have been hit by a recent tax ruling, and advises what teachers […]

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