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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 – […]

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 […]

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