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Ballroom boy

Vincent Simone talks to Nicola Rayner about his new touring show with Ian Waite “Any chance to please the ladies!” jokes Italian dancer Vincent Simone when I ask about his new show The Ballroom Boys. “It was an idea that Ian Waite had,” he goes on to explain. “It hasn’t been done before that a […]

March 2019

In this latest issue of Dancing Times we highlight some of the world’s leading choreographers. Mark Morris Dance Group is about to embark on a lengthy tour of the UK this month with the wonderful Pepperland, presented by Dance Consortium, and I travelled to California to talk to Mark Morris about the production inspired by […]

April 2019 issue

In the latest issue of the magazine, we focus on dance teachers, talk to two leading male dancers, Ivan Putrov and Vincent Simone, see the revival of a rarely-performed ballet by Frederick Ashton, and find out how the stage designer Jürgen Rose is going to give Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling a new look. Ashton in Florida […]

Dance at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival

The 2019 Edinburgh International Festival programme has just been announced with this year’s dance programme opening with a world premiere from Scotland’s national dance company, Scottish Ballet. The Crucible is a new narrative ballet with choreography by Helen Pickett adapted from Arthur Miller’s masterpiece of power and persecution, with a new musical score from Peter […]

Inala returns to London

Inala – A Zulu Ballet returns to the UK in 2019, bringing together the South African choral legends Soweto Gospel Choir with choreographer Mark Baldwin. The show will receive its West End premiere at the Peacock Theatre in London, running from April 30 to May 18. First performed at the Edinburgh International Festival, meaning “abundance of […]

Autumn 2019 at Sadler’s Wells

Sadler’s Wells has announced its autumn 2019 season, with new works, old favourites and three different productions of Giselle. The first of the Giselles is Akram Khan’s re-imagination of the archetypal romantic ballet for English National Ballet that returns to Sadler’s Wells from September 18 to 28. Khan’s version sees the action moved to a […]

Richard Alston; Yolande Yorke-Edgell; Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

The news of Richard Alston’s knighthood in the New Year Honours List followed the announcement, two months earlier, that his company will close in 2020. Having made dances for 50 of his 70 years and led his own troupe to its 25th anniversary, Sir Richard might be considered the backbone of contemporary dance in the […]

The Power of the Prix

February has always been an exciting month for me. My birthday falls at its start; Valentine’s and Pancake days usually add further cause for diversion (though Shrove Tuesday makes a later appearance in March 2019). Since I’ve spent successive Februarys stateside, my appreciation for pop culture standouts like the Super Bowl, Golden Globes and Oscars […]

Israel Galván’s La Fiesta

Flamenco dancer Israel Galván will present the UK premiere of La Fiesta at Sadler’s Wells on April 27–28, 2019. Inspired by the experience from his childhood of staying up late to partake in the “fin de fiesta,” the time after a show when the performers would throw off the restrictions of their roles and improvise […]

The Red Shoes returns

New Adventures has announced the return of Matthew Bourne’s double Olivier award-winning production of The Red Shoes later this year. The national tour opens on November 18 at Theatre Royal Plymouth and runs until November 23, before visiting The Lowry, Salford, from November 26–30, ahead of a seven-week Christmas season at Sadler’s Wells, London, from […]

Dance On

Dance On, a new series of dance classes for older adults in Bradford, Doncaster and Leeds, was launched earlier this month. Supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England, Dance On sees newly appointed dance artists working with various community groups to set up new classes across the three cities. Designed to be a way […]

Hot to Trot

An intimate account of same-sex competitive ballroom dance, Hot to Trot is now available in the UK via Amazon and iTunes, and DVDS of the film are now for sale. The documentary follows the stories of charismatic Ernesto, a former meth addict from Costa Rica who strives for success and love; Emily, a lifelong type […]

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