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April 2016

Posted on May 27, 2016


It was nice for the Dancing Times team to meet so many of you, our readers, at the latest edition of MOVE IT, the exhibition for all things dance that was held this year at ExCeL from March 18 to 20 and where we had a stand.


We gave away 6,000 free copies of the magazine over the weekend, which were all snatched up by lunchtime on the final day, and our Dancing Times badges also proved a hit! We aim to bring you the very best in dance each month, and this issue is no exception, as you will find an array of interviews, articles and reviews we hope will keep you intrigued and entertained. These include Russian ballerina Ekaterina Borchenko talking to Igor Stupnikov, and Natascha Karabey, ballroom’s “professionals’ professional”, interviewed by Alison Gallagher-Hughes. In addition, Nicola Rayner meets former Strictlychoreographer Kele Baker, Paul Arrowsmith talks to the chief executives of some of the UK’s leading dance companies, and Jane Pritchard highlights an exciting exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum that focuses on dance and costume. We also report on the West End openings of Mrs Henderson Presents and Motown the Musical, as well as dance performances taking place in the UK and across the globe.


Dancing Times, April 2016 Volume 106 Issue 126

Cover stories

27 – A study in limitations. Dominic Antonucci introduces The Moor’s Pavane

35 – Hand in glove. Jane Pritchard highlights an exhibition organised by choreographer Lea Anderson

48 – Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov meets Ekaterina Borchenko

78 – Ballroom romance. Alison Gallagher-Hughes talks to Natascha Karabey, the “professionals’ professional”


17 – Creative glue. The art of the chief executive by Paul Arrowsmith

21 – Ballet in a global city. Francis Yeoh finds out about Singapore Dance Theatre

31 – Moving in a new direction. Nicola Rayner talks to Kele Baker about Strictly, and ancient therapeutic practices

39 – Just us. David Mead drops in on Ballet Theatre UK

42 – Preserving the legacy. Gerald Dowler looks at the works of Pina Bausch, Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor

Dance Today

82 – Fashion on the ration. Zoë Anderson on wartime dances and fashions

84 – Tips on technique by James Whitehead

85 – Technique clinic by Phil Meacham

86 – Simon’s Guide to Swing by Simon Selmon

87 – Stepping Out by Marianka Swain

88 – Notes from the dance floor

90 – Somewhere in time by Jack Reavely


6 – News. Breakin’ Convention 2016, Rosie Kay Q&A

12 – Letters

15 – Talking Point by Alice Rush

46 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman on Mrs Henderson Presents, and Marianka Swain on Motown the Musical, both of which have just opened in the West End

51 – Notes from New York. Jack Anderson sees a blooming dance scene

53 – Media. New books and DVDs

55 – Dance Scene. Reviews this month include: Flamenco Festival London, Immortal Tango, Mark Bruce Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet and Norwegian National Ballet

93 – People. Leanne Benjamin

94 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets Northern Ballet’s Jenny Hackwell

99 – Obituaries. Marianne Balchin,
Peter Maxwell Davies

101 – Products

102 – Education. IDTC 2016, Linda Jasper

106 – Health. Debbie Malina looks at coping with asthma, with particular relevance for those suffering from the condition who wish to dance

111 – Classified

112 – Calendar. Our guide to what’s on in the UK and internationally

118 – Listings

122 – Last Dance. We look back to April 1976

Simon Oliver has been production editor of Dancing Times since 2010 and is highly experienced in design across print and online magazine production. Throughout his career, Simon has worked on a diverse range of subjects including music, family history, book collecting and poker.

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