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December 2021 issue

This month, Gavin McCaig pays tribute to David Nixon, his artistic director at Northern Ballet, who steps down from his role later this month – everyone at Dancing Times also wishes David the best for the future. In addition, we discover more about the role played by board members of the UK’s dance companies, hear […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 9

You can always count on Strictly’s Musicals Week for some decent drama, although most of it was off the floor on this occasion – from Craig’s COVID-19 test (poor Craig, I hope he was doing furious jazz hands while watching at home) to some excitable overmarking and a mildly controversial exit.  As for the latter, […]

Cynthia Erivo to be guest judge on Strictly

Singer and actor Cynthia Erivo will join the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel as a guest judge this weekend. Cynthia will be stepping in to the shoes of Craig Revel Horwood, who will sadly miss Musicals Week as he self-isolates after testing positive for COVID-19. Cynthia will join Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, and head […]


Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s musical Grease will return to the Dominion Theatre in London’s West End, with new staging and choreography, opening on May 10, 2022, with previews from May 3, 2022. Grease is directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Arlene Phillips. Casting is to be announced. Colin Ingram, lead producer said: “This […]

Shall We Dance

Hosted at the Royal Lancaster in London on December 19, Shall We Dance offers guests an exclusive, luxury experience where they can meet Strictly Come Dancing’s Giovanni Pernice and Luba Mushtuk. The evening will commence with a VIP meet-and-greet experience on arrival, with champagne reception included, before a three-course meal is served to the guests. The […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 8

Well that was a shambles. Are the judges trying to destroy the format of the entire show? Is Adam Peaty’s mum right to cry fix? Does Dan really think he’s the sole representative of Strictly contestants without dance experience? Adam (or his mum) would have a thing or two to say about that – as […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 7

Happy halfway mark, Strictly watchers! I can normally tell we’ve reached this stage because I’m genuinely surprised to see some of the celebrities in the opening titles. Was Katie McGlynn really in this season? Or poor Robert Webb? It feels like years ago already. Yet the sheer talent of some of these contestants also makes […]

Mapping intimacy

Barbara Newman sees Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell and Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project Have you noticed that nobody imitates Matthew Bourne? Choreographers don’t hesitate to produce their own take, respectful or not, on Martha Graham or Pina Bausch. With an affectionate nod to Jerome Robbins, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo neatly skewered Dances […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 6

Have I just lowered my expectations so much that we’ve hit 3,000 feet below sea level, or was this Halloween show actually… kind of bearable? Yes, there were some horrendous dressing-up elements (we’re coming to that opening pro number shortly, and the ridiculously overmarked lobsters), but also several brilliant dances that not only survived the […]

Boys will be Boys

Running until November 27 at Poole’s Lighthouse, a new exhibition, Boys will be Boys: Masculinity on Pointe, features portraits of more than 40 male ballet dancers by photographer Jayne Jackson. The project documents the different interests and identities of the teen and pre-teen boys to explore male identity in a poignant and positive series. Jackson […]

November 2021 issue

We mark an important milestone in this month’s issue of Dancing Times – the centenary of the first complete performance in the UK of Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty (or The Sleeping Princess as it was titled by Serge Diaghilev for his Ballets Russes production back in 1921). The work has played such a significant […]

English National Ballet’s Creature

Does anyone understand what happens in Creature, Akram Khan’s new ballet for English National Ballet? I know I wasn’t the only person it confused. On the bus after the performance, my guest said to me, “Well, we know she was raped,” and the woman sitting behind us, a complete stranger, leaned forward and added, “And […]

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