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Lazuli Sky

Ordinarily, a sprinkling of viewers scattered around the seats at Sadler’s Wells would be a sorry sight, representing all too clearly a general lack of interest in that night’s attraction. Now, however, as they waited eagerly for Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) to present three new pieces – two never performed in the UK before, one […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 2

Marianka Swain on Strictly’s first elimination this year. Is Strictly the last remaining thread holding this nation together? Arguably yes, given that the BBC had to cut away from Boris Johnson’s press conference on Saturday lest riots break out in the streets. Perhaps also because there are only so many ill-formatted graphs one person can […]

November 2020 issue

This month, we celebrate the return of The Royal Ballet to the stage of the Royal Opera House, find out more about Uprooted, a remarkable new documentary film about jazz dance, ask how safe our dance schools are, and discover how Birmingham Royal Ballet has been preparing to get ready to perform again. No more […]

Safer Dance

The government’s guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Community Clubs, After-School Clubs and Tuition, was published today, October 21, 2020. Along with many other voluntary groups and clubs for children, dance schools are not regulated by any single organisation and the government’s guidance remains non-statutory. Now leading lights in the world of dance have set up […]

This season at Sadler’s Wells

Sadler’s Wells has announced a special new season of live dance and digital content for autumn 2020, including further performances for socially distanced audiences in the theatre and new details for its online programme, Digital Stage In Focus. Live dance continues at the venue with more performances announced, including Christmas dates and a line-up of […]

Thiago Soares stars in Commovere

Belmond’s Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, and the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, the only hotel located within the National Park of Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, have asked former Royal Ballet principal Thiago Soares to lead its new campaign in Brazil. Titled “Commovere” (which means to move strongly, cause a living emotion and be impressed), […]

Northern Ballet and The Royal Ballet back on stage in October 

In addition to Birmingham Royal Ballet, which announced it will be returning to the stage for live performances at the Birmingham Rep and Sadler’s Wells later this month, Northern Ballet and The Royal Ballet are also scheduled to appear before live audiences in October. First up is The Royal Ballet: Back on Stage at the […]

October 2020 issue

Welcome to this special anniversary edition of Dancing Times. We are incredibly proud the magazine has reached this momentous milestone in its history, especially in light of the fact that within the time span of 110 years – two world wars, and political and economic turmoil, as well as pandemics – it has never missed […]

Boston Ballet’s 2020–2021 season

The artistic director of Boston Ballet, Mikko Nissinen, has announced a reimagined 57th season with three major components: The Nutcracker on broadcast television, the BB@yourhome virtual dance series, and two in-person, live programmes in May at the Citizens Bank Opera House. Featuring sets and costumes by award-winning designer Robert Perdziola and set to Tchaikovsky’s renowned […]

NYCB online

New York City Ballet’s digital autumn season runs from September 28 until October 31. More than 25 ballets from the repertory will be featured over six programmes, which will air each Tuesday night and bi-weekly on Saturday afternoons, in family-friendly matinees. The final week of the season will feature a festival of new choreography with […]

September 2020 issue

Well, here we are entering the sixth month of lockdown in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic and there is still virtually no dance to be seen live on our stages. Although Dancing Times is able to report this month on recent performances in France and Italy seen by Laura Cappelle and Graham Spicer, […]

Fund Freelance Dance

As a full-time dancer employed by a national dance company, Jamiel Laurence received most of his salary whilst furloughed during the COVID-19 lockdown period. When he reached out to other artists working in the dance industry, however, he was dismayed to discover almost all of them were struggling to get any government support, and there […]

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