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May 2019 issue

We pay special tribute to Margot Fonteyn in this month’s magazine. One of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, and the only dancer to be given the title prima ballerina assoluta by The Royal Ballet, the centenary of Fonteyn’s birth – on May 18, 1919 – is marked by articles written for Dancing Times […]

Against the Stream and She Persisted

In the last few years, allegations of sexual impropriety have run rampant through the performing arts, assaulting film producers, opera and ballet directors, choreographers and performers as they pass. Dance has developed a powerful social conscience, and gender identity is such a hot topic that entire programmes are planned around it. For his second excursion […]

RubberLegz at Breakin’ Convention

In next month’s Breakin’ Convention on May 4–5, self-taught b-boy RubberLegz returns to Sadler’s Wells to dance in both a solo performance and as a duo with his co-dancer James in the company Wewolf. RubberLegz – whose real name is Rauf Yasit – is a Los Angeles-based choreographer and dancer who was born and raised […]

Dada Masilo’s Giselle

Soweto-born dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo brings her latest production Giselle to the UK this autumn with London premiere performances at Sadler’s Wells on October 4 and 5, and a subsequent UK tour. Dancing in the title role, Masilo leads her company of 12 dancers to a score from South African composer, Philip Miller, which […]

Darcey Bussell to leave Strictly

Darcey Bussell shocked Strictly Come Dancing fans with the announcement she is to step down from her role as a judge on the BBC One show. Previously appearing as a guest judge on the programme, Bussell has been a permanent member of the Strictly judging panel since 2012, seeing the show through seven series. In […]

A Context to Pepperland

Call me old-fashioned, but when I go to see dancing, I want to see it. Regardless of the subject, if you can’t distinguish the bodies and their arrangement in space, why watch them? I also want the movement to hang together somehow. Improvisation has its uses, but apparently random activity often resembles incomplete ideas. If […]

New York City Ballet announces 2019–20 season

New York City Ballet’s plans for 2019–20 marks the first full season under the artistic leadership of Jonathan Stafford, artistic director, and Wendy Whelan, associate artistic director. Planned prior to their appointments, the season was designed by Stafford and NYCB resident choreographer and artistic advisor, Justin Peck, while they were serving on the company’s interim […]

Astor tea dance returns to Plymouth

The popular Astor tea dance is to be held on Plymouth Hoe for the first time since World War II as part of the Lady Astor Statue Campaign celebrating 100 years of women in Parliament. For one day only, on May 26, there will be dancing again with a band, professional dancers on hand and […]

April 2019 issue

In the latest issue of the magazine, we focus on dance teachers, talk to two leading male dancers, Ivan Putrov and Vincent Simone, see the revival of a rarely-performed ballet by Frederick Ashton, and find out how the stage designer Jürgen Rose is going to give Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling a new look. Ashton in Florida […]

Dance at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival

The 2019 Edinburgh International Festival programme has just been announced with this year’s dance programme opening with a world premiere from Scotland’s national dance company, Scottish Ballet. The Crucible is a new narrative ballet with choreography by Helen Pickett adapted from Arthur Miller’s masterpiece of power and persecution, with a new musical score from Peter […]

Inala returns to London

Inala – A Zulu Ballet returns to the UK in 2019, bringing together the South African choral legends Soweto Gospel Choir with choreographer Mark Baldwin. The show will receive its West End premiere at the Peacock Theatre in London, running from April 30 to May 18. First performed at the Edinburgh International Festival, meaning “abundance of […]

Autumn 2019 at Sadler’s Wells

Sadler’s Wells has announced its autumn 2019 season, with new works, old favourites and three different productions of Giselle. The first of the Giselles is Akram Khan’s re-imagination of the archetypal romantic ballet for English National Ballet that returns to Sadler’s Wells from September 18 to 28. Khan’s version sees the action moved to a […]

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