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The Big Jive All-Dayer

Join in with 12 hours of “non-stop jumping” with the best of jive, rhythm and blues, boogie and swing at the Big Jive All-Dayer at Worthing Assembly Hall on February 23. From 1pm to 1am, the dance extravaganza will take place for the seventh year running with the audience invited to jump, bop and stroll […]

Dancing Times February 2019 issue

This month’s magazine is full of anniversaries and events, as well as new appointments, and we also talk to a whole host of dancers and people employed in the industry. These include Northern Ballet’s Javier Torres, Ballet Black’s Isabela Coracy, West Star Bonnie Langford, and the ballroom and Latin American dance photographers Fredric Frennessen, Sophie […]

Feeling lucky

Jonathan Gray talks to Northern Ballet’s Javier Torres. Photographs by Izuky Photography “Do you mind if I stretch out my leg?” asks Javier Torres, premier dancer with Northern Ballet, who is nominated for the Dancing Times Best Male Dancer Award at the forthcoming Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards this month. We were sitting on high […]

Commissioning opportunities at Dance Hub Birmingham

Dance Hub Birmingham has announced a commissioning round for South Asian dance artists based in Birmingham or the West Midlands with the aim to help dancers develop and present work in the region. Applications can be made up until February 11, 2019. Through its South Asian dance strand, Dance Hub Birmingham will award four commissions […]

Beke in the saddle

Ballroom dancer Anton du Beke talks to Nicola Rayner about his new touring show and the most recent series of Strictly Come Dancing. Photographs courtesy of Raymond Gubbay This week, on January 25, ballroom stalwarts Anton du Beke and Erin Boag return for an impressive 11th year with their spring touring show. This year’s edition, […]

Auditions for Ballet Cymru

Ballet Cymru is seeking dancers to join the company. Applicants must be independent, individual, experienced and exceptionally motivated and have excellent classical ballet, contemporary and creative skills. Ballet Cymru aims to challenge discrimination and promote equality and diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. It encourages both disabled and non-disabled dancers to […]

Ashton’s Les Patineurs, Nureyev’s Cinderella, Bourne’s Swan Lake

Many people consider The Nutcracker the best Christmas ballet, because it’s short, tuneful, easy to understand, and rich with roles for small children. The 1957 and 1958 television broadcasts of George Balanchine’s production for New York City Ballet launched it as a holiday favourite, but, after its first season on stage in 1954, one critic […]

January 2019 issue

We took a gamble with the January 2019 issue by putting Strictly Come Dancing’s Joe Sugg on the cover – for the past three years, we have correctly predicted the winner of the BBC series, but will we be right for a fourth time? Joe Sugg also features inside the magazine, with Marianka Swain giving […]

In memory of Annette Page

The Motor Neurone Disease Association has received a pledge of £200,000 from The Linbury Trust, in memory of the ballerina Annette Page, who died from Motor Neurone Disease in December 2017. Page was a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet in the 1950s and 1960s, and was regularly partnered by her husband, Ronald Hynd. The […]

Strictly Speaking: The final

Another year, another bloated final that winds up being totally irrelevant to the results. At some point, the bosses of Strictly Come Dancing might need to look into that… For my money, of the last four, Ashley was the strongest dancer, Joe the most improved, Faye the best on the night, and Kevin, I mean […]

The Sugar Plum pas de deux

Last year I cast a general gaze over The Nutcracker and how Tchaikovsky’s music reveals it as a work of art more deeply layered than any bauble-dripping fir tree. Though we see it year after year, aspects of the ballet continue to enchant, engage and resonate with us differently on each viewing. The climactic pas […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 12

Semi-final week saw the usual quality drop-off with two dances – although in some cases such technical lack was rebranded as “authenticity” by the ever-erratic judges. We also had the dance and music lottery either boosting or limiting celebs, depending on whether they lucked out with the last remaining caramel swirl in the Quality Street […]

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