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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 – […]

Let’s see what you’ve got

Daniel Pratt watches World Ballet Day, and considers the magic of seeing behind the scenes Thursday, October 5 was the online international celebration of ballet, World Ballet Day. I will admit to you, with no embarrassment, that I set my alarm clock half an hour earlier so I could watch the live feed before I […]

Log-in from London

In the first instalment of his new blog, dance writer Graham Watts summarises what he has seen on stage in London during October October. A month of darkened afternoons, falling leaves and frequent need of an umbrella. It’s also the time to unfurl the Dance Umbrella, the annual festival that pops up in mainstream theatres, […]

Requisite Passion by Barbara Newman

Kevin O’Hare’s brainwave of bringing the UK’s leading ballet companies together to celebrate Kenneth MacMillan’s work has paid off handsomely. Roaming over the choreographer’s exceptional range of dramatic subjects and musical inspiration, the season has filled the Royal Opera House and pleased the public. Comprising four troupes, the two performances I saw at Covent Garden […]

WIN! The Art of Svetlana Zakharova at the Bolshoi DVD Box Set

Courtesy of BelAir Classiques, we have three copies of the DVD box set The Art of Svetlana Zakharova at The Bolshoi to give away as competiton prizes. The set features the ballerina in live performances of La Bayadère, La Fille du Pharaon, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. To win a copy, simply send your […]

November 2017 issue

This month, we report on anniversary tributes to the choreographer Kenneth MacMillan, from Bradford and London to Houston, Texas, speak to our cover star, the ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, and offer in-depth analysis on the International Dance Championships at the Royal Albert Hall… A chat in the sun Margaret Willis talks to ballerina Svetlana Zakharova about […]

Project Polunin

Project Polunin, the company featuring dancer Sergei Polunin, has announced the programme for its London Coliseum season, which runs from December 5 to 10, 2017. The evening will have the umbrella title SATORI, a Japanese Buddhist term for awakening or enlightenment. Polunin describes this as his personal journey to reconnect with his love for dance […]

Kate Prince on the suffragettes

London’s Old Vic theatre has announced Sylvia, a new work by Kate Prince and ZooNation, exploring the life suffragette leader Sylvia Pankhurst. Co-written by Prince and Priya Parmar, with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde, Sylvia will be a modern musical about Pankhurst’s pivotal role in the campaign for women’s rights in the […]

Win! A season dance pass at Bishopsgate Institute

The social dance season at London’s Bishopsgate Institute is now in full swing, with classes, social dances and workshops for all levels. You can WIN a season pass to the Institute’s swing and ballroom social dances in November and December – a pair of tickets to nine events, worth more than £200. The venue’s regular […]

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