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Daniel Pratt celebrates The Nutcracker

Clement Crisp and Peter Brinson wrote pithily of The Nutcracker: “other productions proliferate.” This 1892 ballet is seen across the globe in countless versions and is an obligatory ingredient to the perfect Christmas. Though dancers – and critics – can groan at the annual reappearance of the work, it occupies a special place in our […]

January 2018 issue

We start the New Year with a look at a new exhibition on the pop group ABBA, which has just opened at London’s Southbank Centre. Also in this issue, we meet English National Ballet’s new lead principal Aaron Robison, look at the Royal Academy of Dance’s Project B, which aims to get more boys interested […]

December 2017

Editorial and contents December 2017 As 2017 draws to a close, Dancing Times brings you dance from unusual places and situations. The Palestinian dancer Ahmad Joudeh was born in a refugee camp in Syria, and had to fight against the disapproval of society – and his father – in order to fulfil his dream of […]

Strictly Speaking – The Final

And then we came to the end. All in all, it’s been a cracker of a series, and the final really was the, er, brandy cream on the pudding. We had a great run of dances from all four couples, and I found my allegiance switching regularly between them – the sign of an excitingly […]

Stars Experiment

Encouraged by their international acclaim, well-known dancers often abandon the ballets on which they’ve built their reputation to test themselves on the unknown. Well before she became a household name, Margot Fonteyn went off to dance with Roland Petit in Paris, and Maya Plisetskaya radically redefined herself in Albert Alonso’s Carmen Suite and Maurice Béjart’s […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 12

Two dances is theoretically a good test of range, growth and performance at this crucial stage, but can often make for a night of half-finished numbers – the pros’ steely ambition exceeding the knackered celebs’ execution. So it proved in some cases, but not all, and we actually wound up with a pretty clear view […]

Log-in From London

In the second instalment of a regular series of blogs, Graham Watts summarises the dance he has seen in London during November November’s dance in London came in a succession of pairs. There were two world premieres by the same choreographer; two programmes by Birmingham Royal Ballet; The Place offered two thoughful and topical pieces […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 11

Musicals Week – where ballroom comes to die. Well, not entirely, but it did feel for much of the evening as though we were watching the backdoor pilot episode of spin-off Strictly Come Auditioning For The West End (Who Are We Kidding – Touring Will Do). From Mollie getting 9s (9s!) for open-mouthed contempowaft with […]

December 2017 issue

As the year closes, we report on dance from around the world. Ahmad Joudeh, who was born in a Syrian refugee camp and learned dance in the face of disapproval from society and his father, tells us about his journey; we catch up with tap genius Savion Glover, and hear about choreographer Kenrick Sandy’s work […]

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