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To Gillie, With Love

A special evening, To Gillie, With Love, will celebrate Gillian Lynne and launch the Lynne and Land Foundation on July 2 at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, Drury Lane. A year and a day after Lynne died, To Gillie, With Love will see stars of the world of dance, theatre, film and television come together to […]

Ballet Black’s Cira Robinson to dance in The Crucible

Senior guest artist Cira Robinson will join Scottish Ballet for the world premiere of Helen Pickett’s The Crucible. The first major commission of Scottish Ballet’s 50th anniversary year, the production will open the dance programme at the Edinburgh International Festival from August 3 to 5. As part of a longstanding collaboration between the two companies, […]

April 2019

Editorial and contents April 2019 Dance teachers are the focus of this month’s Dancing Times, which includes interviews with ballet teachers Carlos Valcárcel, now head of dance at English National Ballet School, and the Greek-born Christiana Stefanou, who travels the world teaching at a number of prestigious ballet companies. In addition, regular contributor Phil Meacham […]

May 2019 issue

We pay special tribute to Margot Fonteyn in this month’s magazine. One of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, and the only dancer to be given the title prima ballerina assoluta by The Royal Ballet, the centenary of Fonteyn’s birth – on May 18, 1919 – is marked by articles written for Dancing Times […]

Against the Stream and She Persisted

In the last few years, allegations of sexual impropriety have run rampant through the performing arts, assaulting film producers, opera and ballet directors, choreographers and performers as they pass. Dance has developed a powerful social conscience, and gender identity is such a hot topic that entire programmes are planned around it. For his second excursion […]

RubberLegz at Breakin’ Convention

In next month’s Breakin’ Convention on May 4–5, self-taught b-boy RubberLegz returns to Sadler’s Wells to dance in both a solo performance and as a duo with his co-dancer James in the company Wewolf. RubberLegz – whose real name is Rauf Yasit – is a Los Angeles-based choreographer and dancer who was born and raised […]

Dada Masilo’s Giselle

Soweto-born dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo brings her latest production Giselle to the UK this autumn with London premiere performances at Sadler’s Wells on October 4 and 5, and a subsequent UK tour. Dancing in the title role, Masilo leads her company of 12 dancers to a score from South African composer, Philip Miller, which […]

Darcey Bussell to leave Strictly

Darcey Bussell shocked Strictly Come Dancing fans with the announcement she is to step down from her role as a judge on the BBC One show. Previously appearing as a guest judge on the programme, Bussell has been a permanent member of the Strictly judging panel since 2012, seeing the show through seven series. In […]

A Context to Pepperland

Call me old-fashioned, but when I go to see dancing, I want to see it. Regardless of the subject, if you can’t distinguish the bodies and their arrangement in space, why watch them? I also want the movement to hang together somehow. Improvisation has its uses, but apparently random activity often resembles incomplete ideas. If […]

New York City Ballet announces 2019–20 season

New York City Ballet’s plans for 2019–20 marks the first full season under the artistic leadership of Jonathan Stafford, artistic director, and Wendy Whelan, associate artistic director. Planned prior to their appointments, the season was designed by Stafford and NYCB resident choreographer and artistic advisor, Justin Peck, while they were serving on the company’s interim […]

Astor tea dance returns to Plymouth

The popular Astor tea dance is to be held on Plymouth Hoe for the first time since World War II as part of the Lady Astor Statue Campaign celebrating 100 years of women in Parliament. For one day only, on May 26, there will be dancing again with a band, professional dancers on hand and […]

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