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The UK National Para Dance Sport Championships

The eighth UK National Para Dance Sport Championships took place on June 23 at the Centre for Sport Bristol at the University of the West of England. Run by Para Dance UK, the event saw 57 Debutante Para Dance athletes take to the floor to show off well-rehearsed routines and glittering costumes. Dancers participated in […]

July 2019 issue

This month we bid farewell to choreographer David Bintley, who is stepping down as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet after 24 years; find out about Iain Mackay’s plans for the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars; and report back on the 2019 edition of Blackpool Dance Festival. In addition, we take a look at voguing, as well as […]

Scottish Ballet at 50

Scottish Ballet celebrated its 50th anniversary this weekend at Festival Theatre in Edinburgh with guests taking over the theatre’s stage for a special dinner. For the company’s golden anniversary, giant gold pipes and twinkling lights hung from the rafters, bouquets were peppered with golden ferns and the event finale was dusted with “SB50” confetti falling […]

June 2019

Editorial and contents June 2019 A favourite ballet returns to the repertoire of The Royal Ballet this month. The Firebird has become one of the few works from the era of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes to have survived into the current century, and its revival at the Royal Opera House allows Dancing Times to take […]

Inspiring artists

Isn’t it curious how much ballet dancers differ? By the time they can call themselves professional, they’ve been taught to respect the academic vocabulary and deliver it with precision. Most performers honour those twin obligations faithfully even if they lack imagination, but many go further. The Royal Ballet’s revival of A Month in the Country […]

Giselle

Back in April, I worked on Peter Wright’s version of the Romantic ballet Giselle. It’s a piece that continues to capture our imaginations because it examines both the euphoria, and the destructive capacity of love. Having the opportunity to be coached by Wright in the studio was fascinating, and working with several casts of principals […]

New season at the Barbican

The Barbican has announced its full September to December 2019 theatre and dance programme. The first production in the Barbican Theatre this season comes from London-based Boy Blue, who unveil the world premiere of their new dance theatre production REDD – a Barbican commission about life’s irreversible moments and the different ways they can affect people. […]

Midsummer Ball 2019

Bishopsgate Institute will welcome regular ballroom event attendees and new faces into its Great Hall this June 21, from 7pm to 11pm, for the Midsummer Ball 2019. As part of its 120th anniversary celebrations in 2014, Bishopsgate revived its 1894 launch event, a grand social dance in the Great Hall in the east London venue, […]

The Queen’s Birthday honours

The dance sector has again been recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday honours list, with honours awarded to dancers and choreographers representing a wide range of styles. Robert Cohan, the founding artistic director of The Place, was knighted for services to Choreography and Dance, while MBEs were awarded to Kate Prince, artistic director of […]

Northern Ballet’s 50th anniversary programme

Northern Ballet has announced details of its 50th anniversary programme including three world premieres, a star-studded gala and tours of some of the company’s best-loved productions. World premieres next year include Geisha by Kenneth Tindall, Merlin by Drew McOnie and a new children’s ballet. David Nixon’s Cinderella and The Great Gatsby return for national tours […]

Enter Achilles tour director

Rambert and Sadler’s Wells are producing a recreation and major international tour of Enter Achilles, the seminal 1995 work conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson (DV8 Physical Theatre). There is a vacancy for an experienced dance artist to work with the creative team as tour director, supporting Newson during the first leg of the world […]

Arunas and Katusha retire

Two of the ballroom world’s biggest stars, Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova have retired from competitive dancing. As undefeated Professional Ballroom champions, the pair dominated this category for a decade, winning all the major international titles it’s possible to win. In an announcement read out at Blackpool Dance Festival after the Team Match on May […]

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