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The Bolshoi’s Don Quixote on the Big Screen

As part of the 2018-19 Bolshoi Ballet cinema season, Alexei Fadeyechev’s much-admired staging of Don Quixote will be screened on December 2 at venues all over the UK. Starring Ekaterina Krysanova as Kitri and Semyon Chudin as Basilio, the ballet is based on the famous book by Cervantes, in which doddery old Don Quixote sets […]

Win! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on DVD

  To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic children’s film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and as a Christmas treat for our readers, courtesy of MGM Studios and EON Productions, Dancing Times has five copies of the film on DVD to win as competition prizes. Starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, and featuring […]

WIN! £150 in Theatre Tokens!

Theatre Tokens are national theatre gift vouchers that can be used at more than 240 venues nationwide, including London’s West End. They’re the perfect Christmas present and they have no expiry date. This month, Theatre Tokens are offering ten per cent off for Dancing Times readers – visit and quote “Dancing” by December 31, […]

WIN! Gorgeous goodies from Dancewear Central

Dancewear Central’s range is packed with perfect Christmas presents for the dancer – as you can see from this brilliant prize bundle, worth more than £100. One lucky winner will receive the Tendu Ultimate Dancers’ Sewing Kit (priced at £14.95), to keep your kit in needle-sharp order, a Tendu Massage Ball set to release hardworking […]

December 2018 Dancing Times

The cover star for December 2018, which is also our 1300th issue, is The Royal Ballet’s Matthew Ball as The Swan in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, a role he will be dancing at Sadler’s Wells until the end of January 2019. Matthew Ball is also featured in a three-page interview inside the magazine, and we […]

November 2018

Editorial and contents November 2018 We tackle a difficult subject in this month’s health column, written by Debbie Malina, which focuses on informing readers about some of the main organisations and services offering help, support and information for anyone experiencing problems with their mental health. It is shocking to discover that suicide is the leading […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 10

So, we could talk about the post-Blackpool hangover pervading the week (this show very much brought to you by paracetamol and Alka-Seltzer). We could talk about scoring monstrosities, or the continuing bafflement of Couple’s Choice, or how the ghost of Ramps haunts us all via every single one of his songs being nicked over the […]

Shobana Jeyasingh’s Contagion and Scottee’s Fat Blokes

In 1918, just as World War I was drawing to an end, humanity sustained another lethal attack, this one from the influenza epidemic known as Spanish flu that infected 500 million people. Fifty to 100 million died, roughly three to five per cent of the world’s population. Life expectancy in the US fell by about […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 9

Ah, Blackpool – home of ballroom. Or, in Strictly’s case, home of prop dancers, inflated (in most cases) scores, and alarming combos like fire, feathers and copious amounts of hairspray. At its best, it provides history, spectacle and a thrilling element of risk. Elsewhere…a well-intentioned mess. Highs this year included paddle-tease Craig finally locating his […]

Sonnabend exhibition

Stage designs by the artist Yolanda Sonnabend, who died in 2015, are to be sold at Abbott and Holder Ltd, 30 Museum Street, London WC1, from November 24 to December 22. The exhibition includes designs for theatre, cinema, opera and dance, as well as Peter Wright’s 1958 The Great Peacock, and Kenneth MacMillan’s 1976 production […]

South of the Border

In Mexico, Anna Pavlova danced in a bullring. Serge Diaghilev arranged Ballets Russes performances in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina in 1913 and 1917. De Basil’s Original Ballet Russe appeared in Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela. Can you point to these countries on a map, or is the entire continent beneath your […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 8

It might seem a strange statement to make while the BBC is shoving Stacey towards the glitterball, and Joe’s YouTube views have now surpassed the last six series, but one thing I’m enjoying is this year’s unpredictability. Who could have guessed that none of Lee, Vick, Dr Ranj or Danny would make Blackpool? Or that […]

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