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Dancing Times 100th anniversary party

Posted on October 20, 2010

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Dancing Times and Dance Today celebrated its 100th anniversary on October 19, with a party held at The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London.

During the course of the party, a tribute to the magazine was presented by Clement Crisp, the distinguished dance critic of the Financial Times; a special birthday cake was cut by Dame Antoinette Sibley, president of the Royal Academy of Dance and Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp, chief executive of The Place; and a toast was raised by Gillian Lynne. Among the many assembled guests from the world of dance were: The Royal Ballet’s Dame Monica Mason, Lauren Cuthbertson, Elizabeth Harrod, Nehemiah Kish, Steven McRae, Tamara Rojo and Edward Watson; English National Ballet’s Elena Glurdjidze, Daria Klimentová and Vadim Muntagirov; Northern Ballet’s David Nixon; Rambert Dance Company’s Mark Baldwin; Alexander Grant; choreographer Kele Baker of “Strictly Come Dancing”; Siobhan Davies, Violetta Elvin, Peter Farmer,  Brenda Last, Marguerite Porter, Caroline Miller of Dance UK, Nancy Reynolds, Lady MacMillan, and Sir Peter Wright.


Pictured below are: The Dancing Times/Dance Today team; the birthday cake; Sir Peter Wright; Steven McRae; Mary Clarke and Francis Francis; Clement Crisp; Dame Antoinette Sibley and Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp; Jonathan Gray with Dame Antoinette Sibley and Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp; Tamara Rojo; Lauren Cuthbertson.

Photographs: Murray Thompson.

Jonathan Gray is editor of Dancing Times. He studied at The Royal Ballet School, Leicester Polytechnic, and Wimbledon School of Art where he graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. For 16 years he was a member of the curatorial department of the Theatre Museum, London, assisting on a number of dance-related exhibitions, and helping with the recreation of original designs for a number of The Royal Ballet’s productions including Danses concertantes, Daphnis and Chloë, and The Sleeping Beauty. He has also contributed to the Financial Times, written programme articles for The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and is co-author of the book Unleashing Britain: Theatre gets real 1955-64, published in 2005.

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