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July 2010

Summer is finally here, and we can look forward to an exciting season of dance dominated in London by Russian ballet companies. The Mikhailovsky Ballet of St Petersburg arrives at the London Coliseum on July 13, and a week later, the Bolshoi Ballet will be performing at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The Moscow […]

May 2010

With the general election approaching, the UK dance sector, under the leadership of Dance UK, has launched an advocacy campaign titled DanceVote 2010. The campaign challenges the hundreds of thousands of dance enthusiasts and professionals across the UK, whatever their political persuasion, to contact local candidates standing for election, tell them about dance in their […]

April 2010

It was good to meet so many readers of Dancing Times and sister magazine Dance Today at this year’s MOVE IT event, and gratifying to hear how much you all enjoy the magazine – long may it continue! There is a contemporary dance slant to the contents of this month’s magazine, including an interview with […]

March 2010

Some sad news to begin with this month. New English Contemporary Ballet, who did such sterling work in bringing ballet to audiences in the East Midlands region, and who lost its Arts Council funding so disgracefully last year, is to close. Published on the company website is a stark announcement that NECB has gone into […]

February 2010

I hope the recent bad weather the UK experienced didn’t prove too disruptive for readers of Dancing Times. It certainly didn’t deter the audience for English National Ballet’s The Snow Queen at the London Coliseum on January 8 – the house was completely packed, proving that people will overcome many obstacles just to get to […]

January 2010

As we enter the New Year, Dancing Times moves into its 100th year. This month we mark our centenary with the first of a series of ten short articles by Mary Clarke, editor emeritus, who looks back at the history of the magazine, decade by decade, before reaching the present day in October. The 40th […]

The Dance Champions Group

The Dance Champions Group has held its first Dance Summit. Formed by Rod Aldridge at the request of the Secretary of State for Health, this group – which includes choreographer Wayne McGregor, dancers Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, choreographer and dance judge Arlene Philips and other figures from the worlds of dance, sport and government […]

Without Walls

Without Walls, a consortium of eight of the UK’s arts festivals, has a new two-year funding deal with Arts Council England. The organisation has appointed Rose Fenton, co-founder of the London International Festival of Theatre, as chair.

Candoco Dance Company

Candoco Dance Company plans to reposition itself as a centre for excellence for inclusive dance practice from 2011 onwards. The company has been awarded a grant from Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts) for a nine-month period of research, partnership building and business plan development.


Alchemy, a new festival celebrating contemporary and traditional culture from India, will be held at the Southbank Centre from April 7–11. The programme consists of music, dance, literature, food, debate and fashion, including free classical and folk dance workshops.

The Independent Dance Manager’s Network (IDMN)

The Independent Dance Manager’s Network (IDMN)is open for applications for 2010–11. This network and forum has led a number of sector debates (including the last three British Dance Editions) and has helped produce the Independent Dance Managers’ Review and Audit of services.

The Cultural Leadership Programme

The Cultural Leadership Programme has unveiled its first list of “Women to Watch”, highlighting the work of 50 female leaders, directors, producers and curators from across the UK. The list includes several dance figures. Claire Cunningham, a choreographer and performer who uses crutches on stage and in everyday life, is co-director of Waterbaby Dance Ltd.

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