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January 2017 issue

Happy New Year! We welcome 2017 with an issue that covers everything from dance training to politics. Our cover stars this month are Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton, this year’s Strictly Come Dancing champions – though their winning performance took place after our magazines had gone to the printers, so we also salute our editor’s […]

Strictly Speaking: The final

Marianka Swain on the last dance There was something of an elegiac feel to this year’s final, as Len Goodman, Strictly institution, finally hung up his “Seh-ven!” paddle, gave us one last scrambled metaphor and waltzed off to the great golf course in the sky. We can only hope ballroom doesn’t follow suit, but continues to […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 11

Marianka Swain watches Strictly get mired in musicals Perhaps this is an unfashionable stance in the “tired of experts” era, but for me Strictly’s Musicals Week highlighted a more general issue with this series: we’ve had too much of our ballroom dancers attempting other styles, rather than their own. The pro numbers are overwhelmingly contemporary […]

December 2016 issue

This month, we look at Matthew Bourne’s new production The Red Shoes, meet Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard and Chloe Hewitt and explore the marketing of dance… Art and love Zoë Anderson speaks to Matthew Bourne and cover star Ashley Shaw about The Red Shoes, the new production inspired by the Powell and Pressburger film […]

Scottish Ballet plans

Scottish Ballet has announced its 2017 to 18 season, which will include a revival of Kenneth MacMillan’s Le Baiser de la Fée, the company’s first digital season and an international tour. Digital season The digital season, which launches in spring 2017, aims to explore new ways of presenting dance, with a month of bespoke projects. […]

Strictly Speaking – Week Nine

Marianka Swain reports on Strictly Come Dancing‘s annual pilgrimage to Blackpool Ah, Blackpool Week: forced VTs, drama, sky-high scoring and the odd great performance amidst the hysteria. The best part for dancers is the chance to use that giant sprung floor – or at least it would be, but once again the couples spent their routines […]

Nominations for the National Dance Awards

Nominations have been announced for the 17th National Dance Awards, chosen by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle. The nominees were chosen from a long list of more than 400 dancers, choreographers and companies nominated. The single most nominated production is Akram Khan Company’s Until The Lions (pictured above), with four nominations. Northern Ballet’s […]

Liam Scarlett to join Queensland Ballet

Queensland Ballet has announced that, from 2017, Liam Scarlett will join the company as artistic associate. This is in addition to Scarlett’s role as artist in residence with The Royal Ballet. Queensland Ballet has already danced Scarlett’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, created for Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2015. He will return to […]

November 2016 issue

This month, we look back at the creation of La Fille mal gardée, with the first in a series of extracts from the unpublished memoirs of Nadia Nerina, the first Lise in Frederick Ashton’s ballet. Our cover features The Royal Ballet’s Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé, two of the most recent stars to dance the […]

Strictly Speaking – week 6

Marianka Swain on Strictly Come Dancing’s Halloween dive into the prop basket It gives me no pleasure to report that Strictly’s annual Fright Night was even more frightful than usual. Well, some pleasure. An Ed Balls cha cha amount of pleasure. Yes, against all odds, 2016’s fifth-strangest political happening lives on. Meanwhile, the two newly […]

Strictly Speaking – week 5

Has anyone checked if the Strictly studio is built on an ancient Indian burial ground? Or has a disgruntled crewmember started compiling voodoo dolls? For there is a curse afoot, and not the usual home-wrecking one, with this drama-laden series beginning to resemble And Then There Were None. Injuries befalling Anastacia, Greg, Tameka and now […]

Dance at BFI London Film Festival

There’s a strong dance strand in this year’s BFI London Film Festival, running from October 5 to 16. The festival’s programme includes the documentary Dancer, which traces the career of Sergei Polunin with interviews, new and archive footage. Also in the documentary strand, Fonko explores urban African music, with some fabulous dancing. The features strand […]

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