Posted on August 1, 2014
Our August 2014 issue is here! There’s a summer holiday flavour to this month’s Dance Today, with features on dance travels from Cuba to Australia, while Ashley Banjo gives us the inside story on the new series of Got To Dance on Sky1.
The Cuban Experience
Brigitt Mayer and our cover stars Michael Malitowksi and Joanna Leunis were among the dancers going to Cuba to explore the island’s music and dance heritage – from dancing in the streets to a final performance. Brigitt, author of the book Ballroom Icons, takes us with her in The Cuban Experience:
“At the end of the museum tour, a group of folkloristic dancers and musicians demonstrated things we had heard during our visit and that was it: the dancers were unleashed. What followed was the first of many dance-jam sessions through the trip… This first session continued into the streets of Havana, in front of Ernest Hemingway’s favourite bar, La Bodeguita del Medio, where the Cubans created the mojito for him (which we had just ‘tested’ at lunchtime)…”
The diversification of Ashley Banjo
Back home, Ashley Banjo speaks to Claire Saul about going from reality TV contestant, with Diversity on Britain’s Got Talent, to the other side of the judging table. And there are some hints about what’s to come in Got To Dance:
“The new format brings some real twists, so I am mentoring a contemporary company and even ballet dancers amongst the different styles, whereas Kimberly and Adam both have street in their team…”
Also in the August issue…
Carole Edrich, the first European to photograph the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre festival, reports on the event, with stunning pictures.
The Fred Astaire Studios, an American Franchise, has found its first British affiliate. Marianka Swain looks at the brand, the programme and how it’s going down in the UK.
Blackpool! In the final instalment of our Blackpool Festival report, Paul Harris reports on formation and exhibition events, while Marianka Swain discusses the ESSDA European Championships at Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom.
Nicola Rayner visits Bishopsgate Institute, a London venue that is bringing back dance glamour for its 120th anniversary.
James Whitehead looks at leading and following skills in his Tips on Technique column.
Jack Reaveley remembers the glamour, and the fabulous dancing, at the Hammersmith Palais in Somewhere in Time.
Simon Selmon explores the Shim Sham in his Simon’s Guide to Swing column.
Plus reports on Frankie100 and the World Lindy Hop Day, the Crystal Palace Cup, Ballroom and Latin in Horsham, reviews of dance books and shows, news, variations, sequence, our splendid listings pages and more.