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October 2017 issue

This month’s issue has a strong focus on women in dance, from flamenco superstar Rocío Molina to new Strictly head judge Shirley Ballas, The Royal Ballet’s Nathalie Harrison, who reflects on dance and motherhood, and a group of women making names for themselves in the often male-dominated world of hip hop… Strictly Shirley New judge […]

Acosta Danza’s UK debut

Carlos Acosta’s new company gives its first UK performances this autumn. Debut, the company’s first programme, runs at Sadler’s Wells from September 27 to 30, before a UK tour visiting The Lowry, Salford, Birmingham Hippodrome, the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Brighton Dome and the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh. Acosta, who started the company after retiring from The […]

All kinds of dance

Since announcing his retirement from ballet, Carlos Acosta has been busier than ever. In October 2015, he talked to Zoë Anderson about Carmen, Cuba and a new company. Carlos Acosta is very, very focused. Deep in rehearsals for his new ballet Carmen, he’s also laying plans for his farewell to classical ballet, as well as his […]

Swan Lake in a sea container

In May 2015, Dancing Times editor Jonathan Gray travelled to Tokyo with Birmingham Royal Ballet to find out what is involved when a ballet company goes on tour We almost take it for granted that when a ballet company tours abroad the dancers will be in top condition, the sets and costumes will look pristine […]

September 2017

With the summer, such as it was, slipping away, in this new issue of Dancing Times we look forward to some of the events coming up in the autumn months. September always means the beginning of a new series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, and in this month’s magazine, Marianka Swain ponders the knotty […]

Strictly Come Dancing – Week 1

And we’re off! Strictly Come Dancing Series 15 began its competitive shows with a marathon episode that gave viewers at home a little competition of their own: posterior versus seat. Still, squeezing all the couples into one programme did mean minimal faff and filler, and a good chance to assess a promising crop of celebs. […]

Never stop growing

In 2015, Marcelo Gomes, the princely star of American Ballet Theatre, joined New Adventures for the sex and violence of Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man. He spoke to Zoë Anderson about challenges, choreography and change In a huge rehearsal space in east London, the New Adventures company is preparing for The Car Man. Multiple casts take turns to work […]

Reflections on life after dance

Back in July, I found myself in good company at a trendy event space overlooking crepuscular Shoreditch. My job has allowed me to rub shoulders with guests at glamorous occasions, but this evening was significant because it was my first interaction with Dancers’ Career Development (DCD), and I was swapping stories and clinking glasses with […]

New Forsythe at English National Ballet

English National Ballet (ENB) has announced its plans for spring and summer 2018, including a world premiere by William Forsythe, the company premiere of Jerome Robbins’ The Cage and the return of Kenneth MacMillan’s production of The Sleeping Beauty. Forsythe, who has recently returned to creating works for large ballet companies, is one of the […]

Prix de Lausanne 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 Prix de Lausanne, the annual competition for young ballet dancers aged 14 to 19. Candidates have until September 30 to register, and until October 22 to submit a video of themselves. The 2018 competition will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland from January 28 to February 4, 2018 The […]

Strictly Speaking 2017: The Launch

Marianka Swain introduces the contestants… Welcome back, dance fans! Doesn’t everything feel great and not at all like the End of Days?! Honestly, Series 15 of Strictly Come Dancing could not have come at a better time, bringing sparkle, humour and warmth to combat the, er, Biblical plagues and imminent nuclear annihilation… Not that it […]

Dancing at Raindance

Look out for dance documentaries at Raindance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the UK. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, this year’s Raindance includes films about Marcelo Gomes, Wendy Whelan and the Trocks, alongside international features, shorts, a webfest and more. Directed by David Barba and James Pellerito, Anatomy of a Male […]

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