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April 2015 issue

Posted on April 2, 2015

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april-squareOur April issue is here! We catch up with past Come Dancing rivals, find out how you can dance your way to a healthy weight and hear from cover star Natalie Lowe about training for, and winning, the first ever People’s Strictly with Cassidy Little…








Dance the weight off

dance-weight-off-grabPersonal trainer and competitive dancer Ray Conway looks at dance and weight loss…

“All these fad diets, such as the 5:2 intermittent fasting diet, the maple syrup, cabbage soup or strict no-carbs diets (how ridiculous was that?), are difficult to sustain, so, in this article, I’m going to try to simplify it. I’ll look at what you should be eating and we are going to use what we all love (or you wouldn’t be reading this magazine), namely dancing, to burn the calories…”

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Rivals reunited

rivals-reunited-grabFrom reunion to rematch – Alison Gallagher-Hughes talks to the stars of a TV documentary who stepped back in time for one more competition…

“‘And this is the way the do the cha cha cha in Porthcawl.’ Those words must have haunted Gareth and Andrea Jarvis for the past 40 years. The couple, then in their early twenties, were appearing on the 25th anniversary programme of Come Dancing, representing Wales in a home nations team match.

“The footage from their performance became a cult classic – one of the few remaining pieces of film from a series that spanned nearly 50 years. Shot in 1974, the year of the three-day week, launch of Ceefax and President Nixon’s resignation, its 1970s style, accompanied by Gareth’s heavy-rimmed spectacles and full moustache, provided a clip totally evocative of the decade…”



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Also in the April issue…

Natalie Lowe tells us about training for that paso on The People’s Strictly

We announce the Dance Today’s Teacher of the Year for 2015

Move It at 10: Vikki Jane Vile reports from the UK’s largest dance event

Lee Knights meets the team behind Stardom Ballroom, an important new London studio for competitive dancers

Dance Beauty: Stefanie Bossen gives us her top tips for well-groomed eyebrows

Students of Dance: Rachelle Stretch investigates the university dance circuit

Caroline Miller of Dance UK tells us about the organisations conference, dance advocacy and what you can do to speak up for dance

Phil Meacham explains what to expect in a medal test examination

In our Tips on Technique series, James Whitehead looks at body weight and partnering in the jive

Our Dance Doctor considers brushing the soles of dance shoes: does it help?

Marianka Swain reports from the Pink Jukebox Trophy

Simon Selmon meets “Queen of Swing” Norma Miller

Plus reports from the South Coast Championships, Inspiration 2 Dance’s first London Gala Ball, news of Freedom to Dance, salsa medals, high tea with the Sugar Dandies, a Bugsy Malone competition and hip hop festival Breakin’ Convention, reviews of Buena Vista Social Club and Flamenco Festival London, variations and sequence scripts, our splendid listings pages and more!


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Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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