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Opportunity to advertise in March Dancing Times / Move It issue

We will be printing an ADDITIONAL 6,000 copies of the March issue of Dancing Times which will be distributed at MOVE IT, ExCel, March 16-18 We are delighted to offer advertisers the following special package… Every display advertisement booked in the March issue of Dancing Times will also benefit from the following at no extra cost: […]

Prix de Lausanne 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 Prix de Lausanne, the annual competition for young ballet dancers aged 14 to 19. Candidates have until September 30 to register, and until October 22 to submit a video of themselves. The 2018 competition will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland from January 28 to February 4, 2018 The […]

DC dancing

The Washington Ballet, which last year celebrated its 40th anniversary, is now under the artistic direction of Julie Kent, former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Kent has announced an excellent repertoire for the 2017–18 season, which opens at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC on October 4 with […]

Bolshoi postpones Nureyev ballet amid accusations of censorship

The Bolshoi Theatre has postponed its new ballet about the life of Rudolf Nureyev, prompting accusations of censorship. On July 8, after the dress rehearsal, the Bolshoi announced the postponement – just four days before the premiere, scheduled for July 11. At a press conference on July 10, Vladimir Urin, general director of the Bolshoi, […]

Daniel Pratt considers how technology can be beneficial to ballet

I’m plundering conversations I’ve had this month to reflect on technology; I want to begin a dialogue about its potential within dance. The application of new technology within dance medicine is increasingly documented, and progress in more sophisticated lighting and stage techniques affords creative teams a broader palette to paint from, but is technology transforming […]

Barbara Newman on cultural identity

Suddenly, the most engaging dances around deal with cultural identity and immigration, the same topics that fill newspaper headlines. In 2015, Shobana Jeyasingh conceived Material Men to display two performers and their specialised talents – Shailesh Bahoran’s for hip hop, Sooraj Subramaniam’s for Bharata Natyam. Enlarging the original piece to absorb a slice of history, […]

Shirley Ballas: Strictly’s new head judge

Strictly Come Dancing has announced its new head judge: Shirley Ballas, the Latin dancer and international coach, will replace Len Goodman on the panel of the BBC show. Born in Wallasey in 1960, Ballas had a glittering competitive career: three-time British Open Latin champion, ten-time United States Latin American champion. By the age of 23, […]

Les Enfants Terribles

Literature and dance are age-old partners. Challenged by the weave in words of plot, character, atmosphere, emotion, time and place, choreographers reinvent the textual elements that most appeal to them, fully aware and possibly frightened that they can’t realise them all. José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane, Robert Helpmann’s Hamlet, and Frederick Ashton’s The Dream capture […]

Move for fair pay and conditions in dance

Equity, the artists’ trade union, and DanceEast have agreed an innovative policy on choreographic commissions. An attempt to tackle low pay and poor conditions in commissioned dance work, the policy will apply to all commissions awarded by DanceEast from January 1, 2017. The policy has several key elements. It requires choreographers to pay rates that […]

Swing Patrol launches new fitness classes

Swing Patrol, the swing dance school and events company, has launched a new fitness workout called SwingTrain. Developed by Scott Cupit, the 2015 Dance Today Dance Teacher of the Year who won investment on the BBC show Dragons’ Den, SwingTrain is an upbeat cardio programme performed to vintage swing, gospel, jazz and blues. Aimed at working […]

Liam Scarlett to join Queensland Ballet

Queensland Ballet has announced that, from 2017, Liam Scarlett will join the company as artistic associate. This is in addition to Scarlett’s role as artist in residence with The Royal Ballet. Queensland Ballet has already danced Scarlett’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, created for Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2015. He will return to […]

Dance Today Dance Teacher of the year

So many of our readers love to dance, and love the teachers who have led, informed and inspired them. When magazine Dance Today, now incorporated into Dancing Times, launched the Teacher of the Year competition for social dance teachers, we were amazed and touched by our readers’ votes. You didn’t just vote for your teachers, […]

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