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January 2018 issue

We start the New Year with a look at a new exhibition on the pop group ABBA, which has just opened at London’s Southbank Centre. Also in this issue, we meet English National Ballet’s new lead principal Aaron Robison, look at the Royal Academy of Dance’s Project B, which aims to get more boys interested […]

December 2017 issue

As the year closes, we report on dance from around the world. Ahmad Joudeh, who was born in a Syrian refugee camp and learned dance in the face of disapproval from society and his father, tells us about his journey; we catch up with tap genius Savion Glover, and hear about choreographer Kenrick Sandy’s work […]

November 2017 issue

This month, we report on anniversary tributes to the choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, from Bradford and London to Houston, Texas, speak to our cover star, the ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, and offer in-depth analysis on the International Dance Championships at the Royal Albert Hall… A chat in the sun Margaret Willis talks to ballerina Svetlana Zakharova about […]

Project Polunin

Project Polunin, the company featuring dancer Sergei Polunin, has announced the programme for its London Coliseum season, which runs from December 5 to 10, 2017. The evening will have the umbrella title SATORI, a Japanese Buddhist term for awakening or enlightenment. Polunin describes this as his personal journey to reconnect with his love for dance […]

Kate Prince on the suffragettes

London’s Old Vic theatre has announced Sylvia, a new work by Kate Prince and ZooNation, exploring the life suffragette leader Sylvia Pankhurst. Co-written by Prince and Priya Parmar, with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, Sylvia will be a modern musical about Pankhurst’s pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights in the […]

Win! A season dance pass at Bishopsgate Institute

The social dance season at London’s Bishopsgate Institute is now in full swing, with classes, social dances and workshops for all levels. You can WIN a season pass to the Institute’s swing and ballroom social dances in November and December – a pair of tickets to nine events, worth more than £200. The venue’s regular […]

Classically British 2017

Portobello Dance commemorate the 30th anniversary of Black History Month with a performance on Friday, October 20. Classically British, the company’s annual event, crosses boundaries with a programme of British dance, including classical ballet, flamenco, contemporary and street dance. Dancers announced for this year’s event include former Portobello Dance student Yinka Esi Graves, street dancer […]

Looking forward

Zoë Anderson talked to English National Ballet’s Daria Klimentová on the eve of the ballerina’s retirement from the stage in June 2014 It was a long decision,” the ballerina Daria Klimentová says of her decision to retire from dancing this year, at the age of 42. “It wasn’t just from one day to another. I’ve […]

Sadler’s Wells spring 2018

London dance venue Sadler’s Wells has announced its programme for Spring 2018, including Akram Khan’s final full-length solo production, Ballet British Columbia’s triple bill of works by female choreographers, the return of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with Viktor and the 15th anniversaries of Flamenco Festival London and Breakin’ Convention. The season opens in January with […]

Akram Khan to retire from full-length dance performance

Akram Khan has announced his final full-length solo production. XENOS, which will have its premiere at London’s Sadler’s Wells in May 2018, is inspired by Greek mythology and by World War I. It will mark Khan’s final performances as a dancer in an evening-length work. Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the […]

Hungry for more

David Hallberg, the princely star of American Ballet Theatre, publishes his autobiography next month. In July 2011 he spoke to Zoë Anderson about his career up to that date I met David Hallberg round the corner from Sadler’s Wells, where he was dancing with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) earlier this year. During his visit, he’d […]

World Ballet Day

The online international celebration of ballet returns on October 5, with behind-the-scenes footage from the Australian Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet. This is the fourth year of the programme: World Ballet Day 2016 had more than 700,000 views during the day, and later reached an […]

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