There is a strong focus on women in dance in this new issue of Dancing Times, highlighting the diverse roles women play within the artform. The Royal Ballet’s Nathalie Harrison gives a personal reflection on what it is like returning to dance professionally on stage after becoming a mother; Marianka Swain talks to women making names for themselves and fighting for female recognition within hip hop dance; Zoë Anderson discovers the idiosyncratic career path superstar flamenco dancer Rocío Molina has made for herself; and Marianka Swain also meets Shirley Ballas, the highly-regarded Latin dancer who has just become head judge in place of Len Goodman on the new series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Also in this month’s magazine, we begin a three-part series by Gerald Dowler that looks at the impact the Russian Revolution made on the art of classical ballet; I interview Frank Andersen about the new production of August Bournonville’s La Sylphide he is staging for English National Ballet; and Barbara Newman gives her verdict on the National Theatre’s new production of Stephen Sondheim’s important stage musical, Follies.
Jonathan Gray, Editor
Zoë Anderson meets flamenco star Rocío Molina
Making dancers into people. Jonathan Gray interviews Frank Andersen, who is staging La Sylphide for English National Ballet
From Tsar to Commissar: Ballet and the Russian Revolution Gerald Dowler looks at the impact the Revolution made on Russian ballet
Strictly Shirley. New judge Shirley Ballas talks Strictly Come Dancing with Marianka Swain