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Strictly Speaking: Week 3

Ah, Strictly theme weeks: synonymous with high drama, rampant scoring inflation, and a heady mix of glamour and the dredges of a three-year-old’s dressing-up box. This Movie Week was no exception: we got 10s; we got tears; and we got costumes that are so psychologically scarring that they will actually be the last thing I […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 2

Welcome to the Thunderdome! Week 1 was all pats on the back for even finding your way into the studio; now, the real Strictly judging begins. Well, sort of. Once again, we found our panel in a mercurial mood, dishing out everything from 3s to 9s with the whimsy of a giggling child dictator. Most […]

World Ballet Day

World Ballet Day 2021 will take place this year on October 19. The global celebration returns for its eighth instalment, bringing together a host of the world’s leading companies for a packed day of dance. Over the course of the day, rehearsals, discussions and classes will be streamed for free across six continents, offering behind-the-scenes […]

October 2021 issue

I have some sad news to impart to you this month. Jack Anderson, who has been contributing to Dancing Times for 50 years as our regular New York correspondent, has decided to retire from writing about dance, and on page 57 of this issue he offers us his final “Notes from New York” column. It […]

Strictly Speaking: Launch show

Marianka Swain introduces the Class of 2021 Hurrah, we’re back! Hello, fellow Strictly watchers – I’m so glad that our Saturday nights are sparkly once more. The show really got me through the darkness of winter 2020 and it promises to be a joy again, this time with a full run, a cast of 15 […]

September 2021 issue

With the summer coming to an end, we start to think about the new autumn dance season, with theatres and companies reopening right across the country. In this month’s Dancing Times, we take the focus away from London for a closer look at Birmingham, the UK’s second city, which has a distinct dance scene all […]

Back on stage

There we were, back at Sadler’s Wells, and all it took to provoke a sustained ovation were the words, “Welcome to this evening’s performance of English National Ballet.” Several live and recorded speeches later, the curtain rose on the first of the five dances that filled the next 80 minutes (no interval, no bar, everyone […]

Phoenix Dance Theatre returns

This autumn, Phoenix Dance Theatre will return to the stage to present a double bill of works by Leonard Bernstein in collaboration with Opera North. This production had been scheduled to tour last autumn, but was postponed due the COVID-19 pandemic. West Side Story Symphonic Dances/Trouble in Tahiti marks Phoenix Dance Theatre’s second major collaboration […]

Invitation from Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) is inviting readers of Dancing Times to enjoy a rare opportunity to join director Carlos Acosta for an exclusive free Zoom event at 6.30pm on June 7, ahead of the company’s return to the stage this month with the triple bill Curated by Carlos and David Bintley’s Cinderella.  Acosta will be […]

EIF moves outdoors

Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), the world’s leading performing arts festival, will move outdoors in 2021, using bespoke venues to reunite artists and audiences safely. Taking place from August 7 to 29, this year’s festival will use a selection of performance spaces across the city including three temporary outdoor pavilions designed especially for live performance. The […]

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 […]

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