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Strictly Speaking – Week 5

In a firm bid to counter the Sean(n) Scandal of ’18, Strictly gave us lots of new things to gripe about this week – from Couple’s Choice (of which much more anon) to someone channelling the medicated enthusiasm and incoherence of Bruno Tonioli, if not the occasional dashes of lyrical expertise. Yes, it was another […]

Classically British 2018

Classically British returns to the Tabernacle, in London’s Notting Hill on October 26, with a programme designed to promote young British talent. The company celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and again holds its performances during the UK’s Black History Month. This year’s theme is “past and present”, working with new and pioneering artists. This […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 4

Everything’s fine, we’re all lovely, why do you ask, oh I’ve always had that twitch, silly really, just keep smiling, did I mention I rescued an orphaned puppy from a fire last week, no reason, that’s just me, and of course you know my charming children, darling where’s that smile, smile for Mummy, don’t mind […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 3

Ah, Movie Week – two words about as likely to deliver satisfaction as “Southern Rail”, “Theresa May” or “Topshop feminism”. So, it comes as little surprise (though sinking disappointment) to see couples slathered in Minions yellow or trying to jam a paso down the throat of hagiographic nonsense The Greatest Showman. And yet! A few […]

October 2018 issue

We start the autumn with a packed October 2018 issue of Dancing Times, including a view of Disney’s new Nutcracker-inspired film, interviews with Strictly Come Dancing’s new pros Luba Mushtuk and Johannes Radebe, a tribute to choreographer Paul Taylor and more…   Disney’s Nutcracker Mindy Aloff introduces The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, a new film […]

World Ballet Day 2018

Back for the fifth year, World Ballet Day returns on October 2, 2018, with a global day of live streaming from companies including the Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and The Royal Ballet.  The day of rehearsals, interviews and behind the scenes footage will be screened on Facebook. “We are very excited to be celebrating the […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 2

After the electrifying opening show, a Strictly comedown was inevitable, but even so, Week 2 was quite the slump. A combination of overambitious routines, daft concepts, erratic judging and all the nerves so happily absent last week – the latter probably due to a looming elimination – made for a show, in Steps terminology, better best […]

The bigger picture of jazz dance

A new film aims to uncover the traditions of jazz dance. Zak Nemorin, West End performer and head of jazz at Millennium Performing Arts, wanted to honour his mentor Jacki Mitchell with a film; in collaboration with director Khadifa Wong and producer Lisa Donmall-Reeve, the project has grown into an in-depth film that will be […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 1

Hello, new young people viewers to Strictly Come Dancing! Snapchat this on your Tide Pod slime, amiright? Yes, in Joe Sugg’s honour, the BBC has – I’m sorry to say – decided it must become hip to the kids of today. Please God let the try-hard shower of emojis that accompanied Joe’s dance never appear […]

Linbury Season announced

The new Linbury Theatre, redeveloped as part of The Royal Opera House’s £50.7 million Open Up Project, has announced its first season. Performances at the new venue will include new works by Aletta Collins and Wayne McGregor, and visiting companies including Introdans, National Dance Company Wales, Ballet Black and Lost Dog. Tickets will be priced […]

Strictly Speaking – 2018 Launch Show

Marianka Swain introduces the contestants… Hello again, Strictly fans! It’s Series 16! Woohoo! Series 16, AKA the one where Marianka continually squawks “A YouTuber?” at her screen in the manner of Lady Bracknell’s “A handbag?” and feels about 102 and begins to contemplate the yawning void of mortality, and then remembers the state of the world […]

WIN! The Red Shoes and Bugsy Malone on Blu-ray!

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has announced a series of classic movies, released on Blu-ray in limited collector’s edition SteelBook packaging. Available from September 10, the series includesThe Eagle Has Landed, The Shawshank Redemption and two films of dance interest, the musical Bugsy Malone and the classic ballet film The Red Shoes, which is celebrating its […]

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