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How is the adult ballet community coping in lockdown? 

There is a moment in every ballet class when your serotonin levels hit a peak. You’ve survived the prolonged ache of adagio, managed to not fall out of your pirouettes and somehow your calves are still functional after petit allegro. Finally, it’s time for grand allegro. You feel buoyant as you waltz across the room […]

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Pacific Northwest Ballet 

Following hot on the heels of an excellent virtual gala to launch its 2020-2021 season, the opening programme from Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) in November gave further evidence of a company emerging from the shadows of the coronavirus in great shape. Two world premieres book-ended the programme, beginning with Penny Saunders’ Wonderland and concluding […]

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Back on stage

Editor Jonathan Gray asked Francesca Hayward, a principal with The Royal Ballet, how she prepared to get back on stage in front of a live audience following lockdown When was your last performance before lockdown? It was Dances at a Gathering on February 25 – the title of the ballet is so ironic! Was lockdown […]

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Fund Freelance Dance

As a full-time dancer employed by a national dance company, Jamiel Laurence received most of his salary whilst furloughed during the COVID-19 lockdown period. When he reached out to other artists working in the dance industry, however, he was dismayed to discover almost all of them were struggling to get any government support, and there […]

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June 2020 issue

All of the team at Dancing Times hope you are keeping safe and well in these difficult times. We have been very touched by the messages we got from readers over the past month saying how delighted they were to receive the magazine during the lockdown (you can read a selection of them in Letters). […]

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Ballroom boy

Vincent Simone talks to Nicola Rayner about his new touring show with Ian Waite “Any chance to please the ladies!” jokes Italian dancer Vincent Simone when I ask about his new show The Ballroom Boys. “It was an idea that Ian Waite had,” he goes on to explain. “It hasn’t been done before that a […]

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Girl power

Strictly Come Dancing’s Dianne Buswell talks to Nicola Rayner about a new touring show, Here Come The Girls For one reason or another, 2019 seems to be the year of the same-sex ballroom show – sisters (or brothers) are doing it for themselves. We have Vincent Simone and Ian Waite pairing up for The Ballroom Boys […]

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MOVE IT 2019

Introducing the names, dates, events and classes at the latest MOVE IT, the world’s leading event completely dedicated to dance MOVE IT, London ExCel, March 8 to 10 MOVE IT is the world’s biggest dance event, bringing together nearly 30, 000 people from the performing arts community. Whether you’re a dancer, teacher, spectator, student or […]

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What a way to make a livin’

Nicola Rayner hears from West End star Bonnie Langford about her role in 9 to 5: The Musical, now at the Savoy Theatre. Photographs by Paul Rider Bonnie Langford is on the phone from her sick bed. “I’m sorry I sound so awful,” she croaks. “I’m never usually ill: I got a cold at Christmas […]

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Feeling lucky

Jonathan Gray talks to Northern Ballet’s Javier Torres. Photographs by Izuky Photography “Do you mind if I stretch out my leg?” asks Javier Torres, premier dancer with Northern Ballet, who is nominated for the Dancing Times Best Male Dancer Award at the forthcoming Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards this month. We were sitting on high […]

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From the archive: Dancing on his tip-top toes

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo broke all box office records at the Peacock Theatre during its season in March this year [2006]. Jonathan Gray talks to the company’s prima ballerina Robert Carter (aka Olga Supphozova) as the company prepares for a return visit on September 19. Photographs by Zoran Jelenic JG: The Trocks are back […]

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The dreaming ballerina

Zoë Anderson talked to Dame Beryl Grey about her life and career Beryl Grey still dreams about dancing. The roles she danced as a ballerina, with The Royal Ballet and internationally, return in her sleep. “They’re all built in: Sylphides, Swan Lake… Or I’ve lost my shoes, and the music’s playing. Sometimes they’re nice, and […]

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