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Brave New World? 

It isn’t unusual to feel reflective at the start of a new year, but as winter 2020 turns into spring 2021, I’m feeling more pensive than I have in recent years. I’ve written before in the pages of Dancing Times about how lucky I am to be living a dancing life that, though adapted, is […]

April 2021 issue

This month, Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp embarks on a four-part series on diversifying dance. Many months in preparation, and inspired by the stance members of the dance community took in response to the Black Lives Matter protests held last summer, we are delighted that Kenneth, with his extensive knowledge of the UK’s dance sector, has agreed […]

March 2021 issue

In the March issue of Dancing Times, Graham Watts writes about the huge amount of dance he has been watching online since the start of 2020, Jonathan Gray highlights the 75th anniversary of Frederick Ashton’s sublime Symphonic Variations, and Nicola Rayner hears about the new UK Argentine Tango Association. In addition, Matthew Paluch asks some […]

February 2021 issue

In this latest issue of Dancing Times, we pay tribute to Robert Cohan, the dancer, choreographer, teacher and director who did so much to establish and promote contemporary dance in the UK. Cohan died last month at the age of 95, but continued to work almost to the end, and I think it fair to […]

January 2021

This month, we find out from Rebecca Haw how to audition during the pandemic, talk to Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse, and hear how Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Dominic Antonucci got back into shape. We also find out how dance companies in France and the US have been coping with COVID-19.  Step forward Deborah Weiss finds […]

December 2020 issue

This month, we find out what it was like for dancers and a choreographer to return back to work in the theatre, hear from Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas, discover who may have been the hidden hand behind Vaslav Nijinsky’s dismissal from the Imperial Russian Ballet in 1911, and talk to Manuel Legris, the new […]

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 […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 5

Well. This was not one of Strictly’s better outings. Our Staycation Blackpool Week sadly took all the worst elements of that usual jaunt – judging hysteria, inconsistent scores – without actually giving us the pleasure of performances at the Tower Ballroom. Add in some unfortunate sexism and another trying week of Judge Anton, and this […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 4

This was quite the Bizarro Strictly, with a sadly absent Nicola and Katya, Motsi joining Bruno in Zoom purgatory, and Anton du Beke finally wearing the producers down and getting his shot at judging – the equivalent of a small child pleading for ice cream repeatedly during a six-hour drive. Yes, fine, don’t spill it […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 3

You know what I didn’t need during a week where I’ve barely slept, my body now programmed to wake up at 3am, lunge for my phone and frantically check the Pennsylvania count? The absolute, unadulterated nightmare fuel that was Strictly Movie Week. Truly there is no punishment great enough for whoever dreamed up that Simpsons […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 1

Marianka Swain reviews the first week of Strictly 2020. Photographs by Guy Levy, courtesy of the BBC This first proper competitive show gave us a chance to assess the “new normal” on Strictly – and, for the most part, it worked absolutely fine. Yes, the performances felt a little muted without a raucous studio audience, […]

Strictly Speaking 2020: The Launch Show

Marianka Swain introduces the Class of 2020. Photographs by Guy Levy, courtesy of the BBC I must begin on an earnest note: what a minor miracle it is to have this sliver of sequinned normality back on our screens. Thank you, thank you to everyone on Team Strictly whose tireless work allowed us to forget […]

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