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With the summer coming to an end, we start to think about the new autumn dance season, with theatres and companies reopening right across the country. In this month’s Dancing Times, we take the focus away from London for a closer look at Birmingham, the UK’s second city, which has a distinct dance scene all of its own. Gerald Dowler talks to both Carlos Acosta and Caroline Miller of Birmingham Royal Ballet to find out their plans for the company. In addition, David Mead interviews choreographer Rosie Kay about her new, Birmingham-based version of Romeo and Juliet which opens at Birmingham Hippodrome on September 8. We also travel to Glasgow, via Hollywood and Paris, to learn more about Scottish Ballet’s revival of a work by the great Gene Kelly, and then on to Leamington Spa in Talking Point to hear from Motionhouse’s Kevin Finnan about the company’s new work, Nobody.

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Like many of our readers, I will be returning to my adult dance class later this month. As normal life appears to be resuming again, from next month we are planning the return of our extensive UK dance class listings. If you would like us to include your school, or for us to update any previous listings from before the pandemic, please let us know by emailing


Inside this issue

Gerald Dowler talks to Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Carlos Acosta and Caroline Miller

Nicola Rayner hears from Matthew Bourne about The Midnight Bell

Graham Watts talks to Patricia Kelly about reviving Gene Kelly’s dance of the gods for Scottish Ballet 

Alison Gallagher-Hughes investigates the operation behind the competitive ballroom world

Matthew Paluch catches up with ballerina Maria Kochetkova, who returns to dance with English National Ballet this season

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