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The Brexit Effect by Barbara Newman

Are you worried about Brexit? You should be. Its impact on the arts in the UK could be greater than you might anticipate. In the February issue of Dancing Times, an excellent letter to the editor from Fiona Biddulph in Rutland raises important questions about the opportunities for British dancers that may be limited by […]

Carlos Acosta celebrates 30 years in dance

Carlos Acosta will celebrate 30 years in dance with performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall, running from October 2 to 5, 2018. Acosta retired from classical ballet in 2016, after an international career that included dancing as principal guest artist with The Royal Ballet from 2003 to 2016, appearing with many of the world’s major […]

20 for 20: new commissions mark Sadler’s Wells’ 20th anniversary

Sadler’s Wells has announced 20 commissions to mark the 20th anniversary of its London theatre. Mark Morris, Natalia Osipova, William Forsythe, Akram Khan and Sharon Eyal are among the artists presenting new work in 2018, produced or co-produced by the venue. The current building, which opened in 1998, is the sixth on the Islington site […]

Brendan Cole to leave Strictly

Brendan Cole will be leaving Strictly Come Dancing, he has announced. He had been a professional dancer on the BBC television show since 2004, when he won the first series with broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky. Appearing as a guest on Lorraine, Lorraine Kelly’s morning show on ITV, Cole said, “It’s quite actually, hard to talk about. […]

February 2018 issue

This month, we look at dance in and from South America. Our cover star, The Royal Ballet’s Brazilian-born principal Thiago Soares, gives a frank interview about his career, while we report on the ballet scene in Argentina and speak to tango master Germán Cornejo. This month also sees a new regular column on dance in […]

ENB’s emerging dancers

English National Ballet (ENB) has announced the finalists for its 2018 Emerging Dancer competition, which will be held at the London Coliseum on June 11, 2018. This annual event recognises the company’s up-and-coming talent. Selected by their peers, six of ENB’s most promising dancers perform in front of a panel of expert judges, who will […]

Barbara Newman offers some ideas for New Year’s Gifts

On New Year’s Eve, New York City Ballet used to slide tiny jokes into The Nutcracker – I don’t know if this tradition continues – to delight the cognoscenti and relieve the dancers’ exhaustion after weeks of performing the same ballet. If you’re also tired of fairytales and eager for a change of pace, you […]

Daniel Pratt celebrates The Nutcracker

Clement Crisp and Peter Brinson wrote pithily of The Nutcracker: “other productions proliferate.” This 1892 ballet is seen across the globe in countless versions and is an obligatory ingredient to the perfect Christmas. Though dancers – and critics – can groan at the annual reappearance of the work, it occupies a special place in our […]

Strictly Speaking – The Final

And then we came to the end. All in all, it’s been a cracker of a series, and the final really was the, er, brandy cream on the pudding. We had a great run of dances from all four couples, and I found my allegiance switching regularly between them – the sign of an excitingly […]

Log-in From London

In the second instalment of a regular series of blogs, Graham Watts summarises the dance he has seen in London during November November’s dance in London came in a succession of pairs. There were two world premieres by the same choreographer; two programmes by Birmingham Royal Ballet; The Place offered two thoughful and topical pieces […]

WIN! Hollywood Classics: Musicals Collection

Perfect for winter watching, the new Hollywood Classics: Musicals Collection box set includes four hits from Rodgers and Hammerstein – The Sound of Music, The King and I, South Pacific and Carousel – plus Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Exclusive to HMV, this box is priced at £20, but we have three sets to give […]

WIN! Fashion leggings with a scientific twist

The Natural History Museum has launched its first range of fashion leggings. Inspired by the museum’s collections, and developed in collaboration with Wild Bangarang, the sports/dancewear is patterned with images of fossils, diatoms (algae with distinctive, transparent cell walls) and dinosaurs. There are four designs – dinosaurs in green or purple, fossils and diatoms – […]

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