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April 2019

Posted on April 25, 2019

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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 considers the impact Brexit (don’t groan!) may have on ballroom and Latin American teachers and studios based in the UK. 

We also talk to Ivan Putrov, the former principal with The Royal Ballet who is launching a new show focused on the male dancer at the London Coliseum, and Vincent Simone, the former Strictly Come Dancing favourite, who is about to embark on a UK tour alongside Ian Waite.

Stage design is also featured in this month’s magazine, with an interview with veteran designer Jürgen Rose, currently working on a new production of Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling for the Stuttgart Ballet, and a preview of an exhibition in Cardiff of designs for The Royal Ballet’s production of Swan Lake by John Macfarlane.


Dancing Times, April 2019 Volume 109 Issue 1304

Cover Stories

16 – Ashton in Florida. Jonathan Gray sees a revival of Frederick Ashton’s Apparitions

24 – Ballroom boy. Vincent Simone talks to Nicola Rayner about his new show

28 – Breaking with tradition. Ivan Putrov discusses his latest venture with Jonathan Gray

72 – Creative energy. Oti Mabuse tells Marianka Swain about making her theatre choreography debut


21 – Progress in Paraguay. Fátima Nollén looks at Ballet Nacional de Paraguay

31 – On the move. Graham Watts meets ballet master Christiana Stefanou

35 – Chameleon rose. Designer Jürgen Rose talks to Paul Arrowsmith

39 – Up there with the best. Laura Dodge speaks to English National Ballet School’s Carlos Valcárcel

43 – The flight of Terpsichore. Gerald Dowler concludes his history of Russian ballet between 1941 and 1961

Dance Today

76 – Back to the music. Lee Knights explores the benefits of live music for Latin dancing

78 – Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

79 – Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

80 – Simon’s Guide to Swing. By Simon Selmon

81 – Stepping Out. By Marianka Swain

82 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


6 – News. ENB’s 70th anniversary plans

13 – Letters

15 – Talking Point. By Phil Meacham

47 – Dance Scene. The Royal Ballet, Richard Alston Dance Company, Northern Ballet, Ballet Black, Kidd Pivot, Royal Danish Ballet

63 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

65 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

67 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

68 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman sees 9 to 5, Come from Away and Waitress

85 – Dancer of the Month. English National Ballet’s Francecsa Velicu interviewed by Margaret Willis

89 – People. John Macfarlane exhibition

91 – Obituaries. Gillian Freeman, Mel Tomlinson

93 – Media

95 – Products

96 – Education. Dance Teachers’ Convention, Elmhurst Ballet Company

100 – Health. Debbie Malina considers performance anxiety

103 – Classifieds

104 – Calendar. Our guide to what’s on this month in the UK and abroad

110 – Listings. Where to learn to dance in the UK

114 – Last Dance. We look back to what was happening in Dancing Times in April 1979

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