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Kiss Me Quickstep

Ballroom drama Kiss Me Quickstep, by Amanda Whittington, opens at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, on February 22, before transferring to New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, on March 13 and then touring to Theatr Clwyd, Mold, on March 26. Directed by Kirstie Davis, with design by Jess Curtis, lighting by Mark Dymock, sound by James Cook and […]

Which dance is your romance?

Find out which dance your romance in Marianka Swain’s sizzling Valentine’s quiz, which first appeared in the February 2014 issue of Dance Today (download here for just £1.99). 1. Your Valentine has planned a special date at: A Nowhere. Planning isn’t their style. B Your favourite restaurant – dining at the chef’s table, naturally. C A friend’s ironic costume […]

Pasha Kovalev leaves Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing professional Pasha Kovalev has announced he is leaving the BBC show after “eight fantastic years”. The much-loved Russian dancer announced his departure on Twitter on February 13, saying: “After scoring 93 perfects tens, reaching four finals and lifting one glitter ball, it’s time for me to find a new challenge and so […]

Flamenco Festival London 2019

Now in its 16th edition, Sadler’s Wells’ annual Flamenco Festival London returns later than usual this year, running from July 2 to 14 for a fortnight of dance shows featuring some of the world’s finest flamenco dancers and musicians. Sara Baras returns to Sadler’s Wells to open this year’s festival with Sombras (Shadows) on July […]

Great Women in Dance

One Dance UK is holding an exclusive photography exhibition Beyond Borders – Great Women in Dance in the 12 Star Gallery at Europe House, Westminster. From some of the UK’s most renowned dance companies to freelance dance artists across all genres of the art form, international artists have significantly influenced the UK’s cultural fabric. Indeed, […]

The Tea Dance with a Twist

Participants are encouraged to dress up in bright colours and throw themselves into the action at DanceWest’s Tea Dance with a Twist on March 16 at Hammersmith Town Hall, London. A contemporary, dynamic event with something for everyone, the Tea Dance with a Twist features a live jazz band, led by nonagenarian Jack Honeyborne, playing […]

Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story

A film inspired by the life of Carlos Acosta will be released in the UK and Ireland on April 12, with an exclusive screening at the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House on April 3. Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story is directed by Icíar Bollaín (Take My Eyes, Even the Rain), written by Paul […]

Rip it Up hits the West End

Four favourite Strictly Come Dancing celebrities will dance in London’s West End next week, as Rip it Up – The 60s comes to the Garrick Theatre from February 7, 2019. Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold and Louis Smith, who have performed in the show on tour, are joined by Jay McGuiness for a 16-week run of […]

New show: Message In A Bottle

Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK announced a new production choreographed by Kate Prince, set to the music of Sting yesterday, January 29. The world premiere of Message In A Bottle will take place at Sadler’s Wells’ West End theatre, The Peacock, from February 6 to March 21, 2020, followed by a UK and international […]

WIN! Frederick Ashton DVD box sets

Just released on the Opus Arte label is a three-disc Blu-ray and DVD box set titled The Frederick Ashton Collection, Volume One, which includes performances by The Royal Ballet in some of the choreographer’s best-loved works. All previously released on separate discs, this new set contains complete recordings of The Dream, Monotones, Rhapsody, Symphonic Variations, […]

MOVE IT 2019

Introducing the names, dates, events and classes at the latest MOVE IT, the world’s leading event completely dedicated to dance MOVE IT, London ExCel, March 8 to 10 MOVE IT is the world’s biggest dance event, bringing together nearly 30, 000 people from the performing arts community. Whether you’re a dancer, teacher, spectator, student or […]

What a way to make a livin’

Nicola Rayner hears from West End star Bonnie Langford about her role in 9 to 5: The Musical, now at the Savoy Theatre. Photographs by Paul Rider Bonnie Langford is on the phone from her sick bed. “I’m sorry I sound so awful,” she croaks. “I’m never usually ill: I got a cold at Christmas […]

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