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Strictly Speaking: Week 8

Rejoice, for our long national nightmare is over! Finally, Mike Bushell has left the Strictly dancefloor, taking his “comedy” with him. And about time – lord knows what tricks Katya was going to introduce next in sheer desperation (Katya hangs over shark-infested waters while Mike does an uncertain chasse nearby! Katya leaps over a pit […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 7

Right, hands up if you know how to perform an exorcism? For clearly the evil spirit is still in possession of this series of Strictly, keeping Ginger Neil on the bench, taking poor Will Bayley out of the competition altogether, even cursing Manly Bloke Kelvin with sickness – and yet somehow still keeping Mike Bushell […]

42nd Street on screen

The cinema release of the critically acclaimed West End revival of Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble’s 42nd Street will be screened in more than 550 cinemas across the UK and Ireland from November 10. Starring Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock, with music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, 42nd Street tells the story […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 6

A dark curse has been placed upon this series of Strictly – by a very powerful witch, or possibly a disgruntled ex-pro. How else to explain… THE INVASION OF THE DANCE-SNATCHING DAD-DANCERS. For not only did David “Vacant” James outlast genuine contender Dev, but we are now going into Week 7 with both Chris “Goldfish” […]

November 2019 issue

In the November issue of Dancing Times, we welcome back Coppélia to the repertoire of The Royal Ballet after a long absence, meet a countertenor with a passion for break dancing, and talk to Motsi Mabuse, the new judge on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Coming back Jonathan Gray on the return of a much-loved […]

Three works by Ballet Cymru

Ballet Cymru presents Three New Works, featuring some of the most exciting female artists working in dance, at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, on November 10 to 11 at 7.45pm. Charlotte Edmonds, former inaugural Royal Ballet Young Choreographer, presents Wired to the Moon, a brand new work with costumes and sets by Eleanor Bull […]

Abay Kazakh State Ballet Theatre makes UK debut

The oldest theatre in Kazakhstan, the Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, makes its UK debut at the London Coliseum for one night only on Sunday, November 17 with performances of two one-act ballets, Chopiniana and Scheherazade. Chopiniana was created by Mikhail Fokine, the celebrated dancer turned choreographer, in his search for new […]

BFI Musicals!

With perfect timing as temperatures outside drop, the BFI has revealed the programme of UK-wide events taking place as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, the UK’s biggest ever season celebrating film musicals on the big screen, which opened in October and runs until January 2020. Highlights of the season, programmed in […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 5

Which was more incomprehensible on so-called Super Saturday: wherever we may or may not have landed with Brexit, or guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro’s “critiques”? For the sake of my sanity, the latter shall not be recorded here. Suffice to say that, as someone who’s never seen Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and thus doesn’t even […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 4

Madness. What were the judges thinking with those insane scores? What were the producers thinking with those insane music choices? And why, off the back of Movie Week, inflict this level of dance-obliterating am-dram intensity upon an unsuspecting public? MADNESS. All of which led to a hugely frustrating elimination. Yes, of course we value the […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 3

Sigh. A theme week. The triumph of the dressing-up box and the selling of Strictly’s soul to Disney. This Movie Week had its particularly trying moments (Pokémon, I ask you), although a few couples transcended, or even utilised, their themes to produce some box office triumphs. Did that warrant the first 10s of the series, […]

Win! The Royal Ballet’s book on Swan Lake

Courtesy of Oberon Books, Dancing Times has three copies of Swan Lake: Reimagining a Classic to give away – a beautifully produced new Royal Ballet book with photographs by Bill Cooper. The volume, which shines the spotlight on the world’s best-loved classical ballet, Swan Lake, features impeccable photographs of some of the finest dancers on […]

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