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Nutcracker in New York

Above: Indiana Woodward in New York City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Photograph by Erin Baiano. Relaying news from New York in the January issue of Dancing Times, Leigh Witchel wrote that “New York City Ballet has done the same version of The Nutcracker since 1954,” but because “there were no major debuts during […]

Two exhibitions

Main image: Laura Knight, The Dressing Room at Drury Lane (1922). Image reproduced with permission of The Estate of Dame Laura Knight DBE. Designed by Isamu Noguchi (who was born in 1904 and died in 1988), a sunken stone garden and a giant tilted cube that balances on one corner form part of New York […]

Strictly Speaking: The final

Well, serves me right for taking such pleasure in our perfect Strictly final. I should have known that 2021 would have one final gut punch in store: poor AJ and Kai having to drop out through injury. It made the result even more of a foregone conclusion – in terms of public support, no one […]

January 2022 issue

Happy New Year to you all! As both 2020 and 2021 proved to have completely unexpected consequences during their course, I’m not exactly sure what will be in store for us in the coming months, but let us hope that dance will continue to excite and engage us all in 2022. Rest assured, Dancing Times […]

MOVE IT makes its 2022 comeback!

MOVE IT, the world’s biggest dance event is making its post-pandemic comeback at ExCeL London on March 11 to 13, 2022. The show is an energetic, inspirational, and diverse celebration of dance which will once again unite the MOVE IT dance community. Across the three days you can enjoy thrilling MAIN STAGE performances from the […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 12

Well, what a semi-final! Usually doubling the dances means halving the standard, at least, but everyone delivered here – even if the judges did get overexcited with the 10s. It’s not that many were undeserved, more than the maximum score has become so completely devalued at this point. Even Motsi realised it, wishing her 10 […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 11

Thank the Strictly gods for that! Yes, our long national nightmare is over – Dan Walker has finally exited the ballroom. It was the first properly riveting dance-off since… well, pretty much ever, with Dan a point up but AJ able to redeem herself with that final lift. Even then, the judges have made some […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 10

Can you believe it’s nearly the quarter-finals already? Dan Walker is still here, so I certainly can’t. At this rate he’ll be hoovering up a place on the judging panel the next time someone has a bye week. Watch out, Anton: your schtick is under serious threat.  So, we had a second outing from Cynthia […]

December 2021 issue

This month, Gavin McCaig pays tribute to David Nixon, his artistic director at Northern Ballet, who steps down from his role later this month – everyone at Dancing Times also wishes David the best for the future. In addition, we discover more about the role played by board members of the UK’s dance companies, hear […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 9

You can always count on Strictly’s Musicals Week for some decent drama, although most of it was off the floor on this occasion – from Craig’s COVID-19 test (poor Craig, I hope he was doing furious jazz hands while watching at home) to some excitable overmarking and a mildly controversial exit.  As for the latter, […]

Cynthia Erivo to be guest judge on Strictly

Singer and actor Cynthia Erivo will join the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel as a guest judge this weekend. Cynthia will be stepping in to the shoes of Craig Revel Horwood, who will sadly miss Musicals Week as he self-isolates after testing positive for COVID-19. Cynthia will join Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, and head […]


Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s musical Grease will return to the Dominion Theatre in London’s West End, with new staging and choreography, opening on May 10, 2022, with previews from May 3, 2022. Grease is directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Arlene Phillips. Casting is to be announced. Colin Ingram, lead producer said: “This […]

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