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Mark Baldwin to step down as director of Rambert

Mark Baldwin is to step down as artistic director of Rambert, the contemporary dance company he has led since 2002. He is leaving to devote more time to his own choreography. Born in Fiji and educated in New Zealand, Mark Baldwin joined Rambert as a dancer in 1983. After ten years working as an independent […]

Dance and redevelopment at Southbank Centre

After restoration and redesign, the Southbank Centre is to reopen two of its venues, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room. The London venue celebrates with the announcement of its 2018 to 2019 programme, and the appointment of two new associate companies, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Forced Entertainment, joining ZooNation Youth Company as associates. […]

National Dance Awards: the winners

The winners of the National Dance Awards (NDAs), chosen by the dance section of the Critics’ Circle, were announced at a ceremony at London’s Barbican Centre on February 19, 2018. There were plenty of firsts in this year’s awards. Liam Riddick, of Richard Alston Dance Company, won his first Dancing Times award for best male […]

Zenaida Yanowsky to guest with Northern Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky, former principal of The Royal Ballet, will dance with Northern Ballet in March, appearing in the company’s tribute to choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. Yanowsky will dance in Las Hermanas at Leeds Grand Theatre on the evenings of March 16 and 17. Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s play The House of Bernarda Alba, it is […]

Carlos Acosta celebrates 30 years in dance

Carlos Acosta will celebrate 30 years in dance with performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall, running from October 2 to 5, 2018. Acosta retired from classical ballet in 2016, after an international career that included dancing as principal guest artist with The Royal Ballet from 2003 to 2016, appearing with many of the world’s major […]

20 for 20: new commissions mark Sadler’s Wells’ 20th anniversary

Sadler’s Wells has announced 20 commissions to mark the 20th anniversary of its London theatre. Mark Morris, Natalia Osipova, William Forsythe, Akram Khan and Sharon Eyal are among the artists presenting new work in 2018, produced or co-produced by the venue. The current building, which opened in 1998, is the sixth on the Islington site […]

Brendan Cole to leave Strictly

Brendan Cole will be leaving Strictly Come Dancing, he has announced. He had been a professional dancer on the BBC television show since 2004, when he won the first series with broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky. Appearing as a guest on Lorraine, Lorraine Kelly’s morning show on ITV, Cole said, “It’s quite actually, hard to talk about. […]

February 2018 issue

This month, we look at dance in and from South America. Our cover star, The Royal Ballet’s Brazilian-born principal Thiago Soares, gives a frank interview about his career, while we report on the ballet scene in Argentina and speak to tango master Germán Cornejo. This month also sees a new regular column on dance in […]

ENB’s emerging dancers

English National Ballet (ENB) has announced the finalists for its 2018 Emerging Dancer competition, which will be held at the London Coliseum on June 11, 2018. This annual event recognises the company’s up-and-coming talent. Selected by their peers, six of ENB’s most promising dancers perform in front of a panel of expert judges, who will […]

Barbara Newman offers some ideas for New Year’s Gifts

On New Year’s Eve, New York City Ballet used to slide tiny jokes into The Nutcracker – I don’t know if this tradition continues – to delight the cognoscenti and relieve the dancers’ exhaustion after weeks of performing the same ballet. If you’re also tired of fairytales and eager for a change of pace, you […]

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 […]

Strictly Speaking – The Final

And then we came to the end. All in all, it’s been a cracker of a series, and the final really was the, er, brandy cream on the pudding. We had a great run of dances from all four couples, and I found my allegiance switching regularly between them – the sign of an excitingly […]

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