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WIN! The Art of Svetlana Zakharova at the Bolshoi DVD Box Set

Courtesy of BelAir Classiques, we have three copies of the DVD box set The Art of Svetlana Zakharova at The Bolshoi to give away as competiton prizes. The set features the ballerina in live performances of La Bayadère, La Fille du Pharaon, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. To win a copy, simply send your […]

November 2017 issue

This month, we report on anniversary tributes to the choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, from Bradford and London to Houston, Texas, speak to our cover star, the ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, and offer in-depth analysis on the International Dance Championships at the Royal Albert Hall… A chat in the sun Margaret Willis talks to ballerina Svetlana Zakharova about […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 6

Oh Strictly Halloween. Every year I forget how grim your Fright Night will be, and every year I am gripped anew with its frightfulness. So, once more with feeling: if you’re not sure whether this week is meant to be entirely surrendered to the dressing-up box or somehow magically balanced with brilliant ballroom, how on […]

October 2017

There is a strong focus on women in dance in this new issue of Dancing Times, highlighting the diverse roles women play within the artform. The Royal Ballet’s Nathalie Harrison gives a personal reflection on what it is like returning to dance professionally on stage after becoming a mother; Marianka Swain talks to women making […]

Project Polunin

Project Polunin, the company featuring dancer Sergei Polunin, has announced the programme for its London Coliseum season, which runs from December 5 to 10, 2017. The evening will have the umbrella title SATORI, a Japanese Buddhist term for awakening or enlightenment. Polunin describes this as his personal journey to reconnect with his love for dance […]

Kate Prince on the suffragettes

London’s Old Vic theatre has announced Sylvia, a new work by Kate Prince and ZooNation, exploring the life suffragette leader Sylvia Pankhurst. Co-written by Prince and Priya Parmar, with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, Sylvia will be a modern musical about Pankhurst’s pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights in the […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 5

The big news this week was Italian gesticulator Bruno Tonioli missing his first ever Strictly, apparently because of American work commitments. It’s FINE, Bruno, go be with your OTHER family, we don’t CARE. Actually, with Craig providing a pitch-perfect impression (complete with chair tumble), Bruno’s contribution was basically covered – and it meant more time […]

Stamping on Flamenco: Barbara Newman sees Rocío Molina

The most interesting thing about Rocío Molina is her dancing. You might expect that from any attraction in London’s Dance Umbrella, but Molina has decided to upend traditional flamenco and give it a new slant, the sort of decision that usually requires a lot of explaining and extensive programme notes. Unlike many contemporary choreographers, however, […]

Restless Creature

Daniel Pratt sees a documentary film about Wendy Whelan “You know I’ve sat at this spot for 23 years?” Wendy Whelan opens the film Restless Creature looking into a mirror whilst applying stage make-up. Her frank, wise and intimate tone presages much about this moving documentary that charts the last months of her classical career […]

Win! A season dance pass at Bishopsgate Institute

The social dance season at London’s Bishopsgate Institute is now in full swing, with classes, social dances and workshops for all levels. You can WIN a season pass to the Institute’s swing and ballroom social dances in November and December – a pair of tickets to nine events, worth more than £200. The venue’s regular […]

Classically British 2017

Portobello Dance commemorate the 30th anniversary of Black History Month with a performance on Friday, October 20. Classically British, the company’s annual event, crosses boundaries with a programme of British dance, including classical ballet, flamenco, contemporary and street dance. Dancers announced for this year’s event include former Portobello Dance student Yinka Esi Graves, street dancer […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 4

No theme this week, thank the Strictly gods, unless you count the tidal wave of emotion that saw a nation reaching for more Kleenex. If an overcome Alexandra wishing her late mother could have seen her 10s-scoring jive didn’t get you, how about Jonnie’s shoutout to the surgeon who saved his life, or Susan acing […]

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