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April 2018

Posted on May 1, 2018

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Editorial and contents April 2018

First of all, Dancing Times would like to apologise for the late delivery of the magazine last month. Although everything was printed and ready to go on time, the winter weather that suddenly swept across the country at the end of February meant there were considerable delays to the delivery of the magazine. Hopefully, you will all have received your March copy by now, but if you have not, please contact us at the address below. Now that it is April, let’s all hope that Spring has finally sprung.

This month, we hear from three directors of ballet companies: Kevin O’Hare, who discusses his future plans for The Royal Ballet; Christopher Hampson, who writes an excellent article on how dance leaders need to offer more to their dancers; and Julio Bocca, who talks about how he helped transform Uruguay’s Ballet Nacional SODRE. We also mark the centenary of the birth of Jerome Robbins, one of the finest choreographers of the 20th century, and welcome the return to London’s West End of the stage musical Chicago. Finally, a reminder there is still time to complete and send in the Readers’ Survey we published last month [Simon, add weblink here]. You could win a prize if you do!


Dancing Times, April 2018 Volume 108 Issue 1292

Cover Stories

17 – Exuberant and open. Kevin O’Hare, director of The Royal Ballet, talks to Jonathan Gray about his plans for the company

21 – All That Jazz. Nicola Rayner hears from Chicago’s Sarah Soetaert and Josefina Gabrielle

28 – Part of a whole. Zoë Anderson meets The Royal Ballet’s Alexander Campbell

39 – Jerome Robbins
100 years on. Robert Greskovic highlights the centenary of an exceptional choreographer


26 – Behaviour in the ballet world. Christopher Hampson thinks dance leaders need to offer more to their dancers

31 – The Bocca Touch. Fátima Nollén takes a look at Uruguay’s Ballet Nacional SODRE

35 – Nightingales and fairy tales. Zoë Anderson reports on two masterclasses devoted to Frederick Ashton

Dance Today

78 – Gender fluidity. Marianka Swain reports on flexible approaches to gender in the dance world

82 – Simply the best. Adrienne Warren talks to Marianka Swain about capturing the moves of Tina Turner

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. Season announcements from English National Ballet and The Royal Ballet, Let’s Dance International Frontiers

12 – Letters

15 – Talking Point. By Sara Wells and Annelli Peavot

43 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman sees Pippin and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

45 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

49 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

51 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

53 – Media

55 – Dance Scene. Reviews include The Royal Ballet, Mark Bruce Company, Candoco

93 – People. Mark Baldwin, David Bintley

94 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets Precious Adams of English National Ballet

99 – Obituaries. Scott Ambler, Maribel La Manchega, Nini Theilade

103 – Products

104 – Education. Dance School of the Year

108 – Health. Debbie Malina looks into overheating and dehydration

112 – Calendar

118 – Listings. Where to learn to dance

122 – Last Dance. We look back to April 1978

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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