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April 2015

Posted on April 28, 2015

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We have packed a lot into this month’s magazine, with a whole range of articles and interviews, news and reviews. Diana Vishneva, the Maryinsky ballerina who also has an international career, talks to Zoë Anderson about her new show, On the Edge, which comes to the London Coliseum this month; Jeannette Andersen celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich; and in advance of The Royal Ballet’s revival of La Fille mal gardée, Luke Jennings, dance critic of The Observer, wonders if the ballets of Frederick Ashton are being seen to best advantage.

Also in this issue, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Céline Gittens investigates motivation in ballet dancers in her Talking Point column; Richard Ralph travels to New York in order to meet Lawrence Rhodes, head of the Dance Division at the Juilliard School; and Margaret Willis catches up with Ballet Black’s Kanika Carr, who is our Dancer of the Month. And finally, as ever, we have a range of reviews on a variety of dance styles and performances, including reports from Belgium, Finland, Russia and the US, as well as the UK. We hope you enjoy them.


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15 From diva to woman. As Diana Vishneva brings her show On the Edge to London, she talks to Zoë Anderson about finding fresh challenges

19 A milestone in Munich. Jeannette Andersen celebrates a significant anniversary in the history of the Bavarian State Ballet

23 The Ashton question. Luke Jennings, dance critic of The Observer, wonders if the ballets of Frederick Ashton are being seen to best advantage

32 MOVE IT 2015. Vikki Jane Vile reports from the UK’s largest dance event. Photographs by Murray Thompson




29 Looking for gifts. Richard Ralph visits New York’s Juilliard School Dance Division under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes




06 Dance Matters. Edinburgh International Festival, Bugsy Malone on DVD

11 Letters

12 Talking Point. Céline Gittens investigates motivation in ballet dancers

34 Dance Scene. Reviews include Flamenco Festival London, The Royal Ballet, Wendy Houstoun, English National Ballet and Sarasota Ballet

55 Variety Lights. Barbara Newman reviews a new production of On the Town on Broadway

57 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov sees Boris Eifman’s new ballet

59 Notes from New York. Jack Anderson on New York Theatre Ballet and Martha Graham Dance Company

61 Dance Media. New books and DVDs

63 Dance People. Russian Ballet Icons tenth anniversary gala

64 Obituaries. Louis Godfrey, John Hart, Wilfride Piollet

67 Dance Health. Debbie Malina considers concussion and head injuries

71 Dance Education. IDTC, Performers College

75 Classified

76 Where to Learn

85 Calendar


Into Dance


79 Dancer of the Month. Ballet Black’s Kanika Carr interviewed by Margaret Willis

82 IntoDance. Zoë Anderson on London Children’s Ballet’s Snow White

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