I won’t be the only one glad to see the back of 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect on the lives of everyone, including those working in the dance profession, but with the promise of better times on the horizon with an effective vaccine, let’s hope life will become a little more certain in the coming months, and that we will, finally, be able to go back to some kind of normality.
The performing arts are indeed showing signs of being able to make a return to the stage this month in the UK, with a number of West End musicals reopening in London. As the country is still divided into different tiers of lockdown, however, some enterprising companies, such as Birmingham Royal Ballet, sadly had to cancel hoped-for seasons over the Christmas holidays, proving how difficult it is at the moment for them to plan ahead.
We don’t escape the pandemic this month in Dancing Times, with reports from France and the US on how dance is coping with COVID-19, but we do learn from Rebecca Haw how it is still possible for dance graduates to audition for jobs. Lastly, I would like to apologise to subscribers whose December magazine arrived very late. Everything was printed and sent out from the printers on schedule; unfortunately, we were all let down by the postal service.
Deborah Weiss finds out about Audition Educator, a new online programme created by Rebecca Haw
Andrew Foster concludes his article on Vaslav Nijinsky’s dismissal from the Imperial Russian Ballet
Nicola Rayner talks to Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse
Dominic Antonucci explains how he took up boxing to help get back in shape
Daniel Pratt offers a view of how dance companies in the US have been coping with the coronavirus pandemic