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Pina Bausch Fellowship

The Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography opens for applications for the sixth time this year. The fellowship aims at supporting dancers and choreographers in developing their own artistic expression by enabling them to work with an international cooperation partner of their choice. The Pina Bausch Fellowship is characterised by its open approach: it […]

Hungarian National Ballet in The Flames of Paris 

Streamed online from the Erkel Theatre, Budapest – February 2, 2021  I attended the world premiere of Michael Messerer’s production of The Flames of Paris, performed by the Mikhailovsky Ballet in St Petersburg, back in 2013. It was not the first revival of Vasily Vainonen’s Soviet vehicle (alleged to have been Stalin’s favourite ballet), since […]

Win! Xanadu on DVD

How many of you knew Gene Kelly’s last film appearance was in the 1980 fantasy musical Xanadu, in which he starred alongside Olivia Newton-John, fresh from her success in Grease? Xanadu was made at the height of the disco craze, and tells of a beautiful muse sent from above to inspire a struggling artist and […]

February 2021 issue

In this latest issue of Dancing Times, we pay tribute to Robert Cohan, the dancer, choreographer, teacher and director who did so much to establish and promote contemporary dance in the UK. Cohan died last month at the age of 95, but continued to work almost to the end, and I think it fair to […]

Pioneer celebrates decade of dance

Lisa Simpson, who holds a unique position in dance as the only choreographer and workshop leader with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and no verbal communication, has celebrated a decade of her dance company Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance (LSID) with an Arts Council-funded project and a new role as leader in residence at the University of Central […]

Unlimited festival goes digital

The Southbank Centre’s first digital Unlimited festival programme features five days of dance, performance, comedy, film, talks, workshops and art, celebrating the artistic vision of disabled artists from January 13 to 17, 2021. Alongside the digital programme, there will be an outdoor exhibition onsite at the Southbank Centre, Unseen by artist Suzie Larke.  Dance highlights, […]

Strictly Speaking: The final

What an extraordinary end to the series. The Strictly final aired just hours after Boris Johnson made his latest screeching u-turn, announcing that millions of people would have to cancel their festive plans and spend Christmas separated from loved ones. Could our dance show, which has been an escapist haven during a grim, dark winter, […]

WIN! Romeo and Juliet on DVD

Courtesy of Opus Arte, we have five copies of Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words on DVD to give away as competition prizes. The film stars Royal Ballet principal Francesca Hayward as Juliet and first soloist William Bracewell as Romeo, making his much-anticipated debut in the role. Directed and produced by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt […]

January 2021

This month, we find out from Rebecca Haw how to audition during the pandemic, talk to Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse, and hear how Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Dominic Antonucci got back into shape. We also find out how dance companies in France and the US have been coping with COVID-19.  Step forward Deborah Weiss finds […]

Season changes at Sarasota Ballet

Sarasota Ballet has announced changes to the remainder of the company’s 30th anniversary season, designed to allow audience members to experience the anniversary digitally and in person. Full Season and Flex Four Ballet Subscribers will be given the opportunity to attend a socially-distanced special performance; in addition, the company will be creating a new outdoor […]

Northern Ballet wins at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Northern Ballet has won the dance award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards for its production of Victoria. Presented at a socially-distanced ceremony at the London Coliseum on December 9, Northern Ballet was nominated alongside Ballet Black and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. The awards will be televised on Sky Arts, Freeview channel 11, at […]

Three dance tips for staying in competitive shape

The year 2020 affected all aspects of our lives. The dance world is just beginning to overcome its shock and stress and slowly get back on its feet. Just like me. In March and April, all the dance studios in New York were shut down. Teachers like me were forced to find a new path […]

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