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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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A fairytale ending to the dance of love

Little did we know when we were asked by St Francis Hospice to teach 40 people dance routines in the rumba and the quickstep that this would be a part of a fairytale ending to a three-year love story.

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Tango Fire’s Flames of Desire

There are two tango shows in London this February. The second, Midnight Tango, opens at the Phoenix Theatre next week and will have a tough time to equal its rival. Tango Fire’s Flames of Desire (pictured), currently at the Peacock Theatre, showcases tango with characteristic Argentine power and passion. Ten dancers, accompanied by four musicians […]

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Strictly Come Dancing – The Live Tour

Snow fell heavily outside Birmingham National Indoor Arena on January 20, but dedicated Strictly enthusiasts aren’t easily kept from their sequins. Directed by Craig Revel Horwood, the live show aims to give the audience the television experience, complete with voting, training videos and comments from the judges.

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Daffodil Dance for Marie Curie Cancer Care

You can dance routines by some of the UK’s top choreographers as part of the Daffodil Dance campaign, which raises money to help Marie Curie Cancer Care. The charity helps to nurse terminally ill people at home in their final hours.

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Who’s the Boss? Kathryn Bennetts, former artistic director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders

In addition to the feature “Who’s the Boss” printed in the September issue of Dancing Times we are publishing on our website a series of supporting interviews between the author, Graham Watts, and those in administrative and artistic leadership within dance companies. The second of these interviews is with Kathryn Bennetts who was until recently […]

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Box of Frogs

Part of Southbank’s Unlimited festival, Mish Weaver’s Box of Frogs is a circus show about bipolar disorder. Depression and circus may not seem to be obvious companions, but, in fact, the two sit together remarkably well. At the show’s opening, two of Stumble danceCircus’s five onstage performers (there are two more featured on film: juggler […]

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Who’s the boss?: Ethan Stiefel and Amanda Skoog of the Royal New Zealand Ballet

In addition to the feature “Who’s the Boss” printed in the September 2012 issue of Dancing Times, we are publishing on our website a series of supporting interviews between the author, Graham Watts, and those in administrative and artistic leadership within dance companies. The first of these interviews is jointly with Amanda Skoog, the managing […]

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Cantina

It takes  a while for one’s eyes to refocus in the dim light of the Spiegeltent, an old-fashioned, but beautifully constructed, 1920s big top currently up on London’s South Bank; it’s as if we’re adjusting to a different era. “Enter the world of Cantina. Leave your real life at the door,” says the promotional material, […]

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Hauer Power

Sometimes when Karen Hauer speaks I want to cheer. The newest recruit to the team of “Strictly” professional dancers, with raven locks and legs that rival the Shard, has been hailed excitedly by our red tops as a sizzling Latin pin-up. (And I’m sure the thought may have occurred to the “Strictly” producers when they […]

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B is for Beke

“Strictly Come Dancing” star Anton Du Beke is putting the finishing touches to his latest book, B is for Ballroom, which is to be available from October 18. Anton’s new book promises to guide you through the world of ballroom, helping even the novice reader become an armchair expert on everything from costumes and choreography to […]

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