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August 2020 issue

August 2020 issue Yes, the headline on the front cover of this month’s Dancing Times is correct – dance really has been returning to the stage in several countries, although it hasn’t quite happened here in the UK just yet. As lockdowns are eased around the world, in Dance Scene International our critics report on […]

Goodbyes at NDT

Sol León and Paul Lightfoot are to say goodbye to Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). In December 2018, Lightfoot announced he would step down from the role of artistic director of NDT as of the summer of 2020, after the 60th anniversary of the company. In this way he would switch to the role of artistic […]

Dance Professionals Fund 

The Dance Professionals Fund is distributing emergency grants to dance professionals. Grants are for those experiencing a loss of income as a result of COVID-19. The grants are possible through funding from the Arts Council of England (ACE) and support ACE’s Emergency Funding Response Phrase. They are available to dancers and choreographers. Grants help dance […]

New commissions in Huddersfield

The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield has commissioned three UK dance companies – Studio Wayne McGregor, Northern Ballet and Gary Clarke Company – to create three site-specific works for camera, which will be available to watch online. Ticketholders will enjoy two contemporary dance solos and a short ballet. Locked down. Locked in. But living will […]

On Lockdown

What is a dancer without dance? For me, it’s been over 80 days since the official lockdown began where I’m located (Sarasota, Florida), and the enforced pause in my normal life has afforded space for plenty of thinking. I’ve found the cut and thrust of my old routine made it seem there was just one […]

July 2020 issue

Like many others, I was shocked and outraged by the killing in Minneapolis on May 25 of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, by a white police officer who knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. It rightly sparked protests and demonstrations around the world, and highlighted once more the ugly truth […]

Dancing Times chosen as My Favourite Magazine

As we approach our 110th anniversary in October, Dancing Times was delighted – and completely taken by surprise – to be chosen in June as “My Favourite Magazine” by the International Magazine Centre. Selected by Grace Balfour-Harle, who, as well as being a dance teacher, is editorial assistant at the Beano (published by DC Thomson […]

Online Choreographic Challenge

Birmingham Royal Ballet principal Brandon Lawrence has launched an online choreography challenge to stimulate students’ creativity and support their psychological wellbeing during lockdown. The dance community has been hit especially hard by COVID-19, with dance schools across the world closed and events, exams, and auditions postponed. Despite the proactive attitude of many dance teachers who […]

June 2020 issue

All of the team at Dancing Times hope you are keeping safe and well in these difficult times. We have been very touched by the messages we got from readers over the past month saying how delighted they were to receive the magazine during the lockdown (you can read a selection of them in Letters). […]

Dance online this summer

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has announced a week devoted to dance that runs from May 40 to June 4. Part of Lincoln Center at Home, the offerings of Dance Week, which will be streamed at and on Lincoln Center’s Facebook Page, were filmed during more than 40 years of performances on the […]

Dance School of the Year 2020

As Dance School of the Year (DSOTY) celebrates its eighth anniversary, there’s never been a better time to consider entering a school for these prestigious awards. While we’re living through challenging and uncertain times, many dance schools have been helping keep young people connected with their “normal” life and their friends through dance classes. Children […]

May 2020 issue

With everyday life seemingly at a standstill, I was beginning to wonder how we could possibly fill the pages of Dancing Times this month. Although by necessity there are fewer pages than normal in this issue, in the event it didn’t prove too onerous, as there is as much to discuss about dance during a […]

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