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Painting dance

A new exhibition, Painting Dance, opens this month at Ffin y Parc Gallery in Llanrwst, Conwy, running from September 15 to October 9, before moving to Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, from November 30 to January 5, 2020. Painter Carl Chapple has been working with Ballet Cymru since 2016 and his exhibition presents pictures […]

Win! Cinema tickets to see Northern Ballet’s Dracula

Northern Ballet’s production of Dracula will run on the night of Halloween for one fang-tastic night only. However, audiences all over the UK and Ireland will be able to catch the live broadcast at 7.15pm from Leeds Playhouse – and we have five pairs of tickets to give away to readers of Dancing Times. Created and […]

Dance with confidence

Well, it had to happen eventually, but it’s that “back to school” time of year! Dancers are already busy preparing their dance kits, and also looking for great things to buy, so to coincide BLOCH has just launched its brand-new Back to School campaign. Titled “Dance With Confidence”, BLOCH wants dancers to feel inspired, confident, […]

Feeling lucky

Jonathan Gray talks to Northern Ballet’s Javier Torres. Photographs by Izuky Photography “Do you mind if I stretch out my leg?” asks Javier Torres, premier dancer with Northern Ballet, who is nominated for the Dancing Times Best Male Dancer Award at the forthcoming Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards this month. We were sitting on high […]

December 2018 Dancing Times

The cover star for December 2018, which is also our 1300th issue, is The Royal Ballet’s Matthew Ball as The Swan in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, a role he will be dancing at Sadler’s Wells until the end of January 2019. Matthew Ball is also featured in a three-page interview inside the magazine, and we […]

Sonnabend exhibition

Stage designs by the artist Yolanda Sonnabend, who died in 2015, are to be sold at Abbott and Holder Ltd, 30 Museum Street, London WC1, from November 24 to December 22. The exhibition includes designs for theatre, cinema, opera and dance, as well as Peter Wright’s 1958 The Great Peacock, and Kenneth MacMillan’s 1976 production […]

From the archive: Dancing on his tip-top toes

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo broke all box office records at the Peacock Theatre during its season in March this year [2006]. Jonathan Gray talks to the company’s prima ballerina Robert Carter (aka Olga Supphozova) as the company prepares for a return visit on September 19. Photographs by Zoran Jelenic JG: The Trocks are back […]

Swan Lake in a sea container

In May 2015, Dancing Times editor Jonathan Gray travelled to Tokyo with Birmingham Royal Ballet to find out what is involved when a ballet company goes on tour We almost take it for granted that when a ballet company tours abroad the dancers will be in top condition, the sets and costumes will look pristine […]

DC dancing

The Washington Ballet, which last year celebrated its 40th anniversary, is now under the artistic direction of Julie Kent, former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Kent has announced an excellent repertoire for the 2017–18 season, which opens at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC on October 4 with […]

Barreworks launches Instructor Training Programme

Barreworks, which introduced to the UK barre and ballet-based fitness exercises that have their origins in the Lotte Berk method and the New York City Ballet Workout, is launching its first REPs recognised Barre Instructor training programme that has been developed by its founder, Vicki Anstey. “After ten years in development, I am delighted to […]

Get the Priority treatment at MOVE IT 2018

The team at MOVE IT have something extra special lined up for 2018, so get ready for MOVE IT PRIORITY! A brand new ticket package, MOVE IT PRIORITY unlocks a huge number of exclusive offers, merchandise and early access to the MOVE IT Class Programme. Available from September 2017, MOVE IT PRIORITY means people can […]

Jonathan Gray goes back to the barre

It’s something I’ve been thinking about for some time now. For years, I’ve been conscious of how increasingly desk-bound a professional life spent writing and editing is, with very little opportunity for much physical activity, especially when working in a small office. A high proportion of my work takes place in a sitting position, and […]

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