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The Sugar Plum pas de deux

Last year I cast a general gaze over The Nutcracker and how Tchaikovsky’s music reveals it as a work of art more deeply layered than any bauble-dripping fir tree. Though we see it year after year, aspects of the ballet continue to enchant, engage and resonate with us differently on each viewing. The climactic pas […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 12

Semi-final week saw the usual quality drop-off with two dances – although in some cases such technical lack was rebranded as “authenticity” by the ever-erratic judges. We also had the dance and music lottery either boosting or limiting celebs, depending on whether they lucked out with the last remaining caramel swirl in the Quality Street […]

Graham’s Appalachian Spring

Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring premiered at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, in 1944. The composer Aaron Copland initially titled the work “ballet for Martha” when he began writing the commission. Despite Copland’s appellation, working on the role of the husbandman in Graham’s piece was different to any other dance work I’d encountered in my […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 11

Musicals Week! The quarter-finals! All to play for on this jazz hands show, and the combination of high-stakes competition and rampant theming produced… mixed results. Some dances fit beautifully with their songs, others were swallowed whole – and the judges continued to be consistent only in their inconsistency. Now, I’ve always considered that we at […]

The Bolshoi’s Don Quixote on the Big Screen

As part of the 2018-19 Bolshoi Ballet cinema season, Alexei Fadeyechev’s much-admired staging of Don Quixote will be screened on December 2 at venues all over the UK. Starring Ekaterina Krysanova as Kitri and Semyon Chudin as Basilio, the ballet is based on the famous book by Cervantes, in which doddery old Don Quixote sets […]

Win! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on DVD

  To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic children’s film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and as a Christmas treat for our readers, courtesy of MGM Studios and EON Productions, Dancing Times has five copies of the film on DVD to win as competition prizes. Starring Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes, and featuring […]

WIN! £150 in Theatre Tokens!

Theatre Tokens are national theatre gift vouchers that can be used at more than 240 venues nationwide, including London’s West End. They’re the perfect Christmas present and they have no expiry date. This month, Theatre Tokens are offering ten per cent off for Dancing Times readers – visit and quote “Dancing” by December 31, […]

WIN! Gorgeous goodies from Dancewear Central

Dancewear Central’s range is packed with perfect Christmas presents for the dancer – as you can see from this brilliant prize bundle, worth more than £100. One lucky winner will receive the Tendu Ultimate Dancers’ Sewing Kit (priced at £14.95), to keep your kit in needle-sharp order, a Tendu Massage Ball set to release hardworking […]

December 2018 Dancing Times

The cover star for December 2018, which is also our 1300th issue, is The Royal Ballet’s Matthew Ball as The Swan in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, a role he will be dancing at Sadler’s Wells until the end of January 2019. Matthew Ball is also featured in a three-page interview inside the magazine, and we […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 10

So, we could talk about the post-Blackpool hangover pervading the week (this show very much brought to you by paracetamol and Alka-Seltzer). We could talk about scoring monstrosities, or the continuing bafflement of Couple’s Choice, or how the ghost of Ramps haunts us all via every single one of his songs being nicked over the […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 9

Ah, Blackpool – home of ballroom. Or, in Strictly’s case, home of prop dancers, inflated (in most cases) scores, and alarming combos like fire, feathers and copious amounts of hairspray. At its best, it provides history, spectacle and a thrilling element of risk. Elsewhere…a well-intentioned mess. Highs this year included paddle-tease Craig finally locating his […]

Sonnabend exhibition

Stage designs by the artist Yolanda Sonnabend, who died in 2015, are to be sold at Abbott and Holder Ltd, 30 Museum Street, London WC1, from November 24 to December 22. The exhibition includes designs for theatre, cinema, opera and dance, as well as Peter Wright’s 1958 The Great Peacock, and Kenneth MacMillan’s 1976 production […]

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