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Strictly Speaking – Week 8

It might seem a strange statement to make while the BBC is shoving Stacey towards the glitterball, and Joe’s YouTube views have now surpassed the last six series, but one thing I’m enjoying is this year’s unpredictability. Who could have guessed that none of Lee, Vick, Dr Ranj or Danny would make Blackpool? Or that […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 7

Post-Halloween Week, and it’s possible the judges were still hopped up on Haribo and egging unsuspecting strangers, with the series’ most inconsistent show so far in terms of scoring and comments. Of course, Strictly is a mix of dancing and entertainment, ringers and J-worders, and subjective interpretations of different styles, but even so, I think viewers […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 6

Ah, Halloween Week – the annual dumbing down of Strictly. Why have subtext or delicate concepts when you can instead bumble about dressed in the most thuddingly literal, kids-dressing-up-box interpretations of groaningly repeated and/or entirely insane songs? Under such conditions, the judges’ sudden desire for technical precision seemed rather cruel – although it wasn’t applied […]

Photographers vs Prostate Cancer

The Dance Project, held at London’s Regent Street Cinema on November 1, is an evening of film, live flamenco and photography. It will include an exhibition and auction of works by some of the world’s top photographers to raise funds for the charity Prostate Cancer UK. Organised by Richard Dunkey, the exhibition features 20 donations […]

November 2018 issue

Our cover stars for the November 2018 issue are Elly Braund and Nicholas Shikkis of Richard Alston Dance Company, which has announced that it is to close in 2020. Alston has said he will seek new opportunities to make dance: we hope to see much more from him. Also this month, we look at preparations […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 5

In a firm bid to counter the Sean(n) Scandal of ’18, Strictly gave us lots of new things to gripe about this week – from Couple’s Choice (of which much more anon) to someone channelling the medicated enthusiasm and incoherence of Bruno Tonioli, if not the occasional dashes of lyrical expertise. Yes, it was another […]

Classically British 2018

Classically British returns to the Tabernacle, in London’s Notting Hill on October 26, with a programme designed to promote young British talent. The company celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and again holds its performances during the UK’s Black History Month. This year’s theme is “past and present”, working with new and pioneering artists. This […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 4

Everything’s fine, we’re all lovely, why do you ask, oh I’ve always had that twitch, silly really, just keep smiling, did I mention I rescued an orphaned puppy from a fire last week, no reason, that’s just me, and of course you know my charming children, darling where’s that smile, smile for Mummy, don’t mind […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 3

Ah, Movie Week – two words about as likely to deliver satisfaction as “Southern Rail”, “Theresa May” or “Topshop feminism”. So, it comes as little surprise (though sinking disappointment) to see couples slathered in Minions yellow or trying to jam a paso down the throat of hagiographic nonsense The Greatest Showman. And yet! A few […]

October 2018 issue

We start the autumn with a packed October 2018 issue of Dancing Times, including a view of Disney’s new Nutcracker-inspired film, interviews with Strictly Come Dancing’s new pros Luba Mushtuk and Johannes Radebe, a tribute to choreographer Paul Taylor and more…   Disney’s Nutcracker Mindy Aloff introduces The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, a new film […]

World Ballet Day 2018

Back for the fifth year, World Ballet Day returns on October 2, 2018, with a global day of live streaming from companies including the Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and The Royal Ballet.  The day of rehearsals, interviews and behind the scenes footage will be screened on Facebook. “We are very excited to be celebrating the […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 2

After the electrifying opening show, a Strictly comedown was inevitable, but even so, Week 2 was quite the slump. A combination of overambitious routines, daft concepts, erratic judging and all the nerves so happily absent last week – the latter probably due to a looming elimination – made for a show, in Steps terminology, better best […]

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