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The complicated truth

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Matthew Lawrence investigates eating disorders in ballet   Ballet is suffering a Black Swan hangover. Darren Aronofsky’s movie has unwittingly re-fuelled debate over the prevalence of eating disorders amongst dancers. With contradictory accounts creating a maelstrom of controversy, it once again raises the question: What is the truth?

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Dance on the silver screen

Marianka Swain reflects on the allure of dance films and reveals the results of our reader survey. This article was first published in the October 2011 issue of Dance Today “Sacrilege!” “Don’t touch it!” “You’ll never re-create the magic!” These were a few of the less hysterical – and profane – responses to news that […]

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Twelve Minutes of Love

Dance memoirs can be a hackneyed genre – many a shoe has trodden the path to Latin America in search of the soul of tango or salsa, but Kapka Kassabova’s Twelve Minutes of Love: A Tango Story is a superior sort of recollection: a beautiful book, beautifully written.

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“Strictly” legends

Dance Today‘s “Strictly” blogger, Marianka Swain, remembers her favourite “Strictly” partnerships… As promised, I’ve been compiling a list of my all-time “Strictly” legends. Whether good, bad or downright Crazytown, these 20 pairings have, in my opinion, defined the show, and with Russell cementing his place in this illustrious company, now seems like the perfect time […]

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Napoletango

The cast of Napoletango knows how to make an entrance. For a while, we sit in the London Coliseum waiting for them. Then in they burst – and there are lots of them, 19 in all – trailing down the aisles laden with suitcases and blankets and all manner of luggage.

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So You Think You Can Dance

They say TV isn’t glamorous, and sitting on the cold pavement outside White City’s Television Centre certainly proved this to me. However, my patient queuing was for a worthy cause, as I had tickets to be in the audience for the BBC’s flagship Saturday night show “So You Think You Can Dance”.  On May 7 […]

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

“Curiouser and curiouser,” muses Lewis Carroll’s Alice as Wonderland yields yet another bizarre specimen, and the rapt Royal Opera House audience for Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was treated to a similar array of surprising, witty and truly wonderful dancing entities, from a gloriously psychotic Queen of Hearts and Simon Russell Beale’s inspired pantomime […]

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The International Championships 2010: Latin semi-finals

For those who have never been to see the finals of the International Championships, I can only say, you have missed out on one of the truly remarkable dancing calendar dates. Aside from the obviously superb dancing on show, the fabulous music from Ross Mitchell and his team, and the incomparable organisational skills of Dance […]

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Burn The Floor

“Ballroom. Reinvented” is the strapline for Burn The Floor, the much-hyped steamy spectacular that was first conceived at Elton John’s 50th birthday celebration in 1997 before it made its world premiere in the UK two years later.

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Dirty Dancing

Some cinematic moments are indelibly printed on the collective conscience. For a generation of thirtysomething women, the moment a leather-jacketed Patrick Swayze marches into the end-of-holiday revue at Kellerman’s and says, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner” will remain with them forever. With its legendary lines (“I carried a watermelon”), feelgood soundtrack and hip-rolling moves, […]

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Tom Tom Crew at E4 Udderbelly

Housed within the belly of a giant inflatable cow on London’s South Bank this summer were Australian troupe the Tom Tom Crew, who take their unique mix of street-styled circus and music to the Edinburgh Fringe this month. MC Ben Walsh leads the proceedings, asking the audience to remain seated while the company do their […]

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The Nutcracker

Sometimes you need a kick-start to get you into the swing for the festive season and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome on November 31 was just the thing for me.

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