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Win! Music by Prokofiev on CD

This month we have four copies of a CD of music by the Russian composer, Serge Prokofiev, to give away as competition prizes. Released on the Naxos label, the double CD features Suites One to Three of music drawn from the ballet Cinderella, as well as Sythian Suite and a suite from the ballet On the […]

Balanchine’s Nutcracker

It’s become a habit that I think about The Nutcrackereach Christmas for this blog, even on the years when I haven’t danced in it. Tchaikovksy and Lev Ivanov’s ballet is so integral to a dancer’s DNA it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas unless you’re performing in a version somewhere. Christmas has now been and gone, […]

Alina at Sadler’s Wells 

Alina Cojocaru, lead principal dancer with English National Ballet and resident guest artist with Hamburg Ballet, curates and performs in a new programme of classical and contemporary works at Sadler’s Wells from February 20 to 23. The celebrated Romanian ballerina is joined on stage by special guests, including Danish ballet star Johan Kobborg. The programme […]

Imelda Staunton in Hello, Dolly!

Imelda Staunton reunites with director Dominic Cooke for a new production of Hello, Dolly! at London’s Adelphi Theatre this summer. With a score by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances on August 11 for a 30-week season. Andy Nyman will play Horace Vandergelder and Jenna Russell, Irene Molloy. Staunton […]

New Year competition!

WIN two sets of Roch Valley dance-fitness kits – perfect for those New Year goals! Roch Valley has kindly donated a pair of leggings, a pair of shorts and two crop tops for one lucky dancer to win. All the items are made of microfibre, which wicks moisture away from the wearer’s body, keeping them cool and dry during exercise. For […]

The National Ballet of China’s La Bayadère

La Bayadère    National Ballet of China, Tianqiao Theatre, Beijing – December 7, 2019 The National Ballet of China (NBC) has been performing Natalia Makarova’s production of La Bayadère since 2016, and it is already so well established it was like a much-loved part of its heritage. Rarely have I seen the ballet danced with […]

National Ballet of China in The Crane Calling 

Think of a bird in classical ballet and inevitably a swan comes to mind. In China, however, since 2017 a rival has been calling. The crane is a beautiful creature, venerated in Chinese culture for millennia for its loyalty (they mate for life) and grace. Special nature reserves and wetlands are dedicated to their protection […]

January 2020 issue

The start of a new year is always a time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future, and in the January issue of Dancing Times we do both. First, by celebrating the 70th anniversary of English National Ballet with a nostalgic look back from Deborah Weiss, a former dancer with the […]

Win! Orpheus and Eurydice on Blu-ray disc

Courtesy of the C Major label, we have one copy of Orpheus and Eurydice on Blu-ray disc to give away as a competition prize. Directed and choreographed by John Neumeier (the director of Hamburg Ballet), Gluck’s opera ballet features performances from The Joffrey Ballet, as well as singers Dmitry Korchak, Andriana Chuchman and Lauren Snouffer, […]

Strictly Speaking: The Final

We came to the end! The week’s second nationwide ballot (and, let’s face it, by far the more important) yielded – in my humble opinion – exactly the right result, with the consistently brilliant Kelvin and Oti lifting the glitterball trophy. This hard-working team has been a pleasure throughout the series, strong across all the […]

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! The Musical, based on the film by Baz Luhrmann, will open at the Piccadilly Theatre in London in March 2021. Directed by Alex Timbers, Moulin Rouge! The Musical has a book by John Logan, choreography by Sonya Tayeh, and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine. The musical will feature set designs by […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 12

The semi-final offered up the two-dance challenge, which usually gives a strong indication of who’s ready for the final itself. But, in case you were in any doubt, the judges made their views very clear – i.e. no Chris under any circumstances! His (admittedly just OK) dances were given the full killing them with kindness […]

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