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December 2018

Editorial and contents December 2018 Welcome to the 1,300th issue of Dancing Times, which you will find is as packed with news, views, interviews and reviews as ever. This month, we talk to dancers Matthew Ball, Marcelo Gomes, Sharia Johnson and Faye Tozer; report back on the finals of the International Championships held at the […]

January 2019 issue

We took a gamble with the January 2019 issue by putting Strictly Come Dancing’s Joe Sugg on the cover – for the past three years, we have correctly predicted the winner of the BBC series, but will we be right for a fourth time? Joe Sugg also features inside the magazine, with Marianka Swain giving […]

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We will be printing an additional 6,000 copies of the March issue of Dancing Times which will be distributed at MOVE IT, ExCel, March 8-10 We are delighted to offer advertisers the following special package… Every display advertisement booked in the March issue of Dancing Times will also benefit from the following at no extra […]

In memory of Annette Page

The Motor Neurone Disease Association has received a pledge of £200,000 from The Linbury Trust, in memory of the ballerina Annette Page, who died from Motor Neurone Disease in December 2017. Page was a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet in the 1950s and 1960s, and was regularly partnered by her husband, Ronald Hynd. The […]

Strictly Speaking: The final

Another year, another bloated final that winds up being totally irrelevant to the results. At some point, the bosses of Strictly Come Dancing might need to look into that… For my money, of the last four, Ashley was the strongest dancer, Joe the most improved, Faye the best on the night, and Kevin, I mean […]

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at English National Opera

English National Opera (ENO) has developed close ties with Benjamin Britten’s music since giving the world premiere of Peter Grimes in 1945. In the wake of that historic event, the company has presented five further stage works, including, during this year alone, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Turn of the Screw, and the operetta Paul […]

The Sugar Plum pas de deux

Last year I cast a general gaze over The Nutcracker and how Tchaikovsky’s music reveals it as a work of art more deeply layered than any bauble-dripping fir tree. Though we see it year after year, aspects of the ballet continue to enchant, engage and resonate with us differently on each viewing. The climactic pas […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 12

Semi-final week saw the usual quality drop-off with two dances – although in some cases such technical lack was rebranded as “authenticity” by the ever-erratic judges. We also had the dance and music lottery either boosting or limiting celebs, depending on whether they lucked out with the last remaining caramel swirl in the Quality Street […]

Graham’s Appalachian Spring

Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring premiered at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, in 1944. The composer Aaron Copland initially titled the work “ballet for Martha” when he began writing the commission. Despite Copland’s appellation, working on the role of the husbandman in Graham’s piece was different to any other dance work I’d encountered in my […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 11

Musicals Week! The quarter-finals! All to play for on this jazz hands show, and the combination of high-stakes competition and rampant theming produced… mixed results. Some dances fit beautifully with their songs, others were swallowed whole – and the judges continued to be consistent only in their inconsistency. Now, I’ve always considered that we at […]

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