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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 […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 12

Two dances is theoretically a good test of range, growth and performance at this crucial stage, but can often make for a night of half-finished numbers – the pros’ steely ambition exceeding the knackered celebs’ execution. So it proved in some cases, but not all, and we actually wound up with a pretty clear view […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 11

Musicals Week – where ballroom comes to die. Well, not entirely, but it did feel for much of the evening as though we were watching the backdoor pilot episode of spin-off Strictly Come Auditioning For The West End (Who Are We Kidding – Touring Will Do). From Mollie getting 9s (9s!) for open-mouthed contempowaft with […]

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 […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 8

Pre-Blackpool Week saw many couples in something of a dilemma: do we go easier and hope to win over the audience with a fun performance, or risk tougher routines to impress the judges? Actually, I think voters also appreciate growth, particularly at this stage, but the majority’s adherence to technique yielded distinctly mixed results. At […]

Logging on

As a prelude to his forthcoming monthly blog, Log-in from London, Graham Watts writes on Jasmin Vardimon Company’s Pinocchio at Sadler’s Wells I’m not sure if this is a confession or a declaration of interest, but I’ve now seen Jasmin Vardimon’s Pinocchio five times, including a full-run dress rehearsal. Just like the puppet’s nose, it […]

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 […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 4

No theme this week, thank the Strictly gods, unless you count the tidal wave of emotion that saw a nation reaching for more Kleenex. If an overcome Alexandra wishing her late mother could have seen her 10s-scoring jive didn’t get you, how about Jonnie’s shoutout to the surgeon who saved his life, or Susan acing […]

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 […]

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