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April 2022 issue

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24 has left the world in shock, and, like many of our readers, I have been appalled to watch scenes on the television news of innocent people in Ukraine taking shelter from Russian bombardments in the basements of their own homes or attempting to flee the country for their […]

NDT2 at Sadler’s Wells

Pictured: NDT2 in Johan Inger’s Impasse. Photograph by Tristram Kenton. An experienced dance critic once complained to me that she couldn’t stand most productions of The Nutcracker, particularly George Balanchine’s, because they forced her to watch children onstage. On the other hand, Balanchine believed that the best way to train dancers was to treat youngsters […]


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January 2022 issue

Happy New Year to you all! As both 2020 and 2021 proved to have completely unexpected consequences during their course, I’m not exactly sure what will be in store for us in the coming months, but let us hope that dance will continue to excite and engage us all in 2022. Rest assured, Dancing Times […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 10

Can you believe it’s nearly the quarter-finals already? Dan Walker is still here, so I certainly can’t. At this rate he’ll be hoovering up a place on the judging panel the next time someone has a bye week. Watch out, Anton: your schtick is under serious threat.  So, we had a second outing from Cynthia […]

December 2021 issue

This month, Gavin McCaig pays tribute to David Nixon, his artistic director at Northern Ballet, who steps down from his role later this month – everyone at Dancing Times also wishes David the best for the future. In addition, we discover more about the role played by board members of the UK’s dance companies, hear […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 9

You can always count on Strictly’s Musicals Week for some decent drama, although most of it was off the floor on this occasion – from Craig’s COVID-19 test (poor Craig, I hope he was doing furious jazz hands while watching at home) to some excitable overmarking and a mildly controversial exit.  As for the latter, […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 7

Happy halfway mark, Strictly watchers! I can normally tell we’ve reached this stage because I’m genuinely surprised to see some of the celebrities in the opening titles. Was Katie McGlynn really in this season? Or poor Robert Webb? It feels like years ago already. Yet the sheer talent of some of these contestants also makes […]

Mapping intimacy

Barbara Newman sees Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell and Wayne McGregor’s The Dante Project Have you noticed that nobody imitates Matthew Bourne? Choreographers don’t hesitate to produce their own take, respectful or not, on Martha Graham or Pina Bausch. With an affectionate nod to Jerome Robbins, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo neatly skewered Dances […]

Strictly Speaking: Week 6

Have I just lowered my expectations so much that we’ve hit 3,000 feet below sea level, or was this Halloween show actually… kind of bearable? Yes, there were some horrendous dressing-up elements (we’re coming to that opening pro number shortly, and the ridiculously overmarked lobsters), but also several brilliant dances that not only survived the […]

Boys will be Boys

Running until November 27 at Poole’s Lighthouse, a new exhibition, Boys will be Boys: Masculinity on Pointe, features portraits of more than 40 male ballet dancers by photographer Jayne Jackson. The project documents the different interests and identities of the teen and pre-teen boys to explore male identity in a poignant and positive series. Jackson […]

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