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April 2022

Posted on April 28, 2022

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Editorial and contents April 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 has left the world in shock, and, like many of our readers, I have been appalled to watch scenes on the television news of innocent people in Ukraine taking shelter from Russian bombardments in the basements of their own homes or attempting to flee the country for their lives. Many people have been affected by this horrific situation, including members of my own family who live and work in Kyiv, the capital city, and Russia has rightly received strong condemnation, as well as economic sanctions, from around the world. Condemnation has also come from many of those employed within the dance industry, who have added their voices to the outrage felt about the situation, especially those dancers, teachers, choreographers and directors who are either Ukrainian by birth or are Russian with strong links to the country. 

In light of this terrible situation, and with an extremely heavy heart, I have made the difficult decision from next month onwards to cease publishing for the forseeable future Igor Stupnikov’s popular Letter from St Petersburg – in this issue you can find his most recent letter, written by him and received by us long before the invasion took place. Any performances taking place in Russia and listed in our Calendar pages have also been removed. To find out more about how dance has been reacting to the war in Ukraine, see our News pages.


Dancing Times, April 2022 Volume 112 Issue 1340

Cover Stories

16 – On her own terms. Gerald Dowler interviews Royal Ballet principal Laura Morera in advance of her debut in Frederick Ashton’s A Month in the Country

20 – “How do we break our own convention?” Nicola Rayner meets Jonzi D, director of Breakin’ Convention

26 – Surviving or thriving? Imogen Aujla looks at freelancers in the UK dance industry

69 – Dancers of the Month. Margaret Willis talks to three young dancers from London Children’s Ballet


31 – Magical playtime. Laura Duester explores the world of pre-school ballet classes

Dance Today

60 – Oti’s last dance. Marianka Swain looks at what is coming up next for Oti Mabuse

62 – Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

63 – Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

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

65 – Stepping Out. By Pete Meager

66 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


6 – News. New seasons from English National Ballet, New Adventures and Northern Ballet announced

13 – Letters

15 – Talking Point. By Eduardo Vilaro

35 – Dance Scene International. Reviews include Ballet du Capitole, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Hungarian National  Ballet, Lost Dog, Mark Bruce Company, Miami City Ballet, NDT2, The Royal Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet

51 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman watches two shows at London’s Barbican Centre

52 – FRANCE/dance. Laura Cappelle reports on the Kyiv City Ballet in Paris

55 – Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov reviews a gala at the Mikhailovsky

56 – Notes from New York. Leigh Witchel sees New York City Ballet in George Balanchine’s one-act version of Swan Lake

73 – People. Federico Bonelli’s farewell to The Royal Ballet, Anthony Crickmay tribute at the Victoria and Albert Museum

74 – Obituaries. Clement Crisp, Henry Danton, Josephine Gordon, Joseph Horovitz, Dorothea Zaymes

78 – Media

81 – Products

82 – Education. Jazz Theatre Arts UK, RAD officially opened, Helsinki International Ballet Competition

84 – Health. Debbie Malina considers the evolution of first aid treatment for soft-tissue injuries

87 – Classifieds

88 – Calendar. Find out what’s on stage this month in the UK and abroad

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

98 – Last Dance. We look back to what was published in Dancing Times in April 1982

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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