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Live screening of Giselle

Tonight, March 19, The Sleeping Beauty will be live screened from the Royal Opera House; Nicola Rayner recalls the live screening of Giselle earlier in the year The Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova joined the Royal Ballet as a principal dancer last year and to say she is loved by critics and audiences is to state […]

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Strictly sensational

Strictly Come Dancing uber-fan Vikki Jane Vile enjoys a revived live tour With glitterball looming large over the dancefloor, Strictly‘s annual quickstep through the country is now in its seventh sequinned year, and with newly choreographed routines from Burn The Floor‘s Jason Gilkison, this bandwagon shows no sign of stopping.

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Le freak, c’est chic

Cirque du Soleil’s combination of oddity, artistry and virtuosity in Quidam at the Royal Albert Hall on January 7 wows Marianka Swain The wilfully obtuse title of this mind-bending show refers to an anonymous passer-by who escapes the crowd by proclaiming their individuality, but it’s more a celebration of the exceptional than the average, unless […]

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IADMS 2013

Rachel Rist, director of Dance at Tring Park School, attended a dance medicine and science conference held recently in Seattle, Washington

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Karen Hardy Studios’ fifth anniversary party

On reflection, when Karen Hardy and husband Conrad Murray (pictured with Jade Johnson) decided to start a business together in 2008, in one of the worst economic climates of all time, it makes what they have gone on to achieve with Karen Hardy Studios all the more remarkable.   These achievements were celebrated at a […]

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Dance and Doctor Who

Doctor Who, the longest-running sci-fi show in the world, celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. In a feature originally published in the November issue of our sister magazine, Dance Today, Zoë Anderson looks at dance and the Doctor.  

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Rooted in touch

For his show, m¡longa, at Sadler’s Wells this week, contemporary choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui explores the origins of tango. Zoë Anderson finds out about a Flemish-Moroccan choreographer’s encounter with tango Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is clearly fascinated by collaboration. He has a history of trying different styles: from a contemporary dance background, he’s worked with a […]

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A new superhero emerges… and the secret power is a quiff!

Graham Watts speaks to Steven McRae about his latest project – on the page, not the stage “Like most kids, I was surrounded by cartoons and comics and I loved things like Toy Story, The Flintstones and TheJetsons,” says The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae when we meet to discuss his latest project. “And then Sailor […]

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Where We Danced

Nicola Rayner hears from Brian “Lucky” Skillen, blues dancer and director of a new documentary about the history of social dance in the US, which screens in Dublin later this month “If anybody tries to do a history of social dance, looking at the timeline, it’s not clear at all, it’s not clear one bit, […]

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Zumba Great Calorie Drive

One of the many things I never imagined I would find myself doing is taking a Zumba class next to Louis Smith. Right next to him – as in so close I could reach out and touch one of the famous muscles that not only launched a thousand armchair admirers last year, but won him […]

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It takes four to tan-go

Following hot on the (Cuban) heels of departing Doctor Who Matt Smith, this week saw the mass exodus from Strictly Come Dancing of long-standing and, in some cases, long-suffering professionals Erin Boag, Vincent Simone, Flavia Cacace and Aliona Vilani. Can the newbies possibly follow in their nimble footsteps? We’re looking for a slightly uncomfortable national stereotype, […]

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How the Charleston changed the world

With The Great Gatsby hitting UK cinema screens today, we revisit Zoë Anderson’s investigation of the cheeky, cheerful dance that changed an era   The Charleston is irresistible. One of the best known craze dances, its rhythm and steps are an instant shorthand for the Roaring Twenties, for the Jazz Age, for a generation running wild […]

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