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The Flamenco Festival returns to London  

After a three-year hiatus due to you-know-what, London’s Flamenco Festival will soon be back with a bang, bringing some of the art form’s established and emerging stars to headline the festival in a programme that emphasises flamenco’s unique hereditary legacies. For 12 days (June 21 to July 2), Sadler’s Wells will host an exciting portfolio […]

May 2022 issue

As the horrifying events of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continue, in this month’s issue of Dancing Times we discover how the world of dance has been reacting to the war with two articles covering both ballet and ballroom. Matthew Paluch and Nicola Rayner hear from dancers who have been directly affected by the situation, and […]

New works in London

Pictured: English National Ballet in Playlist (EP). Photograph by Laurent Liotardo. For every person who thinks ballet means fairytales, there’s another who’s hunting for narratives steeped in sex and another who prefers movement stripped of drama and decoration. Over time, the classical ballet vocabulary has evolved into a flexible language that can satisfy them all. The new […]

Old Swan Lakes reflecting new ideas

I’ve been conspicuously absent from this blog for a while. Shamefully, I don’t have a real reason. I could excuse myself by saying it was a kind of coronavirus fatigue. I looked back over this blog’s catalogue with warmth and interest, realising what a privilege it is to have this space to muse on dance. […]

NDT2 at Sadler’s Wells

Pictured: NDT2 in Johan Inger’s Impasse. Photograph by Tristram Kenton. An experienced dance critic once complained to me that she couldn’t stand most productions of The Nutcracker, particularly George Balanchine’s, because they forced her to watch children onstage. On the other hand, Balanchine believed that the best way to train dancers was to treat youngsters […]

London Mime Festival at the Barbican

Pictured: Shantala Shivalingappa in asH, a piece by Aurélien Bory. Part of the London Mime Festival. Photograph by Aglae Bory. Over the years, London’s annual Mime Festival has developed into a grab bag of theatrical activity meshing movement, music and speech. Its international array of artists attracts viewers of all ages, who are possibly the […]

March 2022 issue

This month’s magazine is all about everything new in the dance world – new productions, new tours, new buildings and new dance champions. Within these pages, you can hear from choreographers Kyle Abraham and Marco Goecke, whose work can be seen in the UK during March, discover the names of the winners of the UK […]

February 2022 issue

Although there were some performances cancelled in the UK – and abroad – at the end of last year and at the beginning of 2022, it now looks as if things are slowly getting back to normal for many working in the field of dance. New productions, such as English National Ballet’s staging of Raymonda, […]

English National Ballet’s Raymonda

Pictured: Isaac Hernández and Shiori Kase in Raymonda. Photograph by Johan Persson. Tamara Rojo has made an enormous effort to stage a full-evening production of Raymonda for English National Ballet (ENB). It is her first attempt at choreography and the first such production by a company from the UK, if you don’t count Rudolf Nureyev’s initial […]

MOVE IT makes its 2022 comeback!

MOVE IT, the world’s biggest dance event is making its post-pandemic comeback at ExCeL London on March 11 to 13, 2022. The show is an energetic, inspirational, and diverse celebration of dance which will once again unite the MOVE IT dance community. Across the three days you can enjoy thrilling MAIN STAGE performances from the […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 12

Well, what a semi-final! Usually doubling the dances means halving the standard, at least, but everyone delivered here – even if the judges did get overexcited with the 10s. It’s not that many were undeserved, more than the maximum score has become so completely devalued at this point. Even Motsi realised it, wishing her 10 […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 11

Thank the Strictly gods for that! Yes, our long national nightmare is over – Dan Walker has finally exited the ballroom. It was the first properly riveting dance-off since… well, pretty much ever, with Dan a point up but AJ able to redeem herself with that final lift. Even then, the judges have made some […]

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