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Strictly Speaking: Week 2

Welcome to the Thunderdome! Week 1 was all pats on the back for even finding your way into the studio; now, the real Strictly judging begins. Well, sort of. Once again, we found our panel in a mercurial mood, dishing out everything from 3s to 9s with the whimsy of a giggling child dictator. Most […]

World Ballet Day

World Ballet Day 2021 will take place this year on October 19. The global celebration returns for its eighth instalment, bringing together a host of the world’s leading companies for a packed day of dance. Over the course of the day, rehearsals, discussions and classes will be streamed for free across six continents, offering behind-the-scenes […]

October 2021 issue

I have some sad news to impart to you this month. Jack Anderson, who has been contributing to Dancing Times for 50 years as our regular New York correspondent, has decided to retire from writing about dance, and on page 57 of this issue he offers us his final “Notes from New York” column. It […]

Dance Umbrella’s digital programme 

Dance Umbrella, London’s annual international dance festival has announced its digital programme of performances, conversations, films and discussions. London Battle, conceived and created by Jade Hackett, brings together some of the most exciting talent from London’s hip-hop dance scene in a celebration of the capital’s globally renowned dance and music culture. As a DJ plays […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 1

We’re off! This opener had everything we love about Strictly: dance, drama and dance-drama; a bewildering costume lottery; Tess patronising people to within an inch of their lives; scoring that began sane and then descended into utter chaos; and, most important, contestants we’d never heard of before this claiming a place in our hearts.  On […]

Dance International Glasgow

Dance International Glasgow returns to the city from October 1 to 23. The line-up showcases a variety of dance styles, established and emerging artists, unusual locations and use of technology. Highlights this year include Create Reality – a showcase of performance and visual art that uses VR, created by Glasgow artists and performers Ashanti Harris, […]

Strictly Speaking: Launch show

Marianka Swain introduces the Class of 2021 Hurrah, we’re back! Hello, fellow Strictly watchers – I’m so glad that our Saturday nights are sparkly once more. The show really got me through the darkness of winter 2020 and it promises to be a joy again, this time with a full run, a cast of 15 […]

Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act

The Playground Theatre, one of London’s newest off-West End venues, has announced its upcoming programme, including Well Made @ The Playground – a mini-season of new theatre, opera, and contemporary dance from developing artists – and Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act, a play with music and dance that chronicles the untold story of dance’s forgotten […]

September 2021 issue

With the summer coming to an end, we start to think about the new autumn dance season, with theatres and companies reopening right across the country. In this month’s Dancing Times, we take the focus away from London for a closer look at Birmingham, the UK’s second city, which has a distinct dance scene all […]

New Coppelia opens next month

Full casting has been announced for Coppelia, the inaugural performances by KVN Dance Company. This new production will open at the Cockpit Theatre for a limited run from September 2 to 11. The cast of 13 dancers come from a range of training and professional backgrounds, echoing the company’s mission to present dance in all […]

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s TooMortal

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance’s TooMortal, created for historic church settings, returns to London for four shows only on September 24 and 25. After premiering at the Venice Biennale in 2012, the work has been performed in churches throughout the world and in 2019 was chosen as one of the Guardian’s best dance works of the 21st […]

Win! Just a Gigolo on Blu-ray

Released on Blu-ray disc for the first time in the UK by Fabulous Film, is the movie Just a Gigolo. It stars David Bowie and Synde Rome in a story set in Berlin during the 1920s, and was notable for being the final film appearance of the Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich.   This forgotten period-movie […]

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