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December 2021

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.

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In addition, we discover more about the role played by board members of the UK’s dance companies, hear from Sonya Tayeh, choreographer of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, which has just opened in London’s West End, find out how dance has been faring in Argentina since the start of the pandemic, and salute the wonderful partnership of John Whaite and Johannes Radebe, the first male same-sex couple to have competed on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

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Which just leaves me, all being well, to wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers!

JONATHAN GRAY


Inside this issue

Gavin McCaig pays tribute to David Nixon, his director at Northern Ballet

Caitlyn Lehmann discovers a “Snow Ballet” pre-dating The Nutcracker

Debbie Malina looks at theatre superstitions, myths and rituals

Marianka Swain reflects on Strictly Come Dancing’s first all-male pairing

Nicola Rayner speaks to choreographer Sonya Tayeh about Moulin Rouge! The Musical 

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