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December 2015

Posted on December 18, 2015

Dec 15 SO

Christmas will soon be upon us, and for everyone in the UK dance world this can mean only two things – the start of The Nutcracker season and the climax of the latest series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing competition! In this month’s magazine, these important events are not forgotten. Vikki Jane Vile takes a look at the relationship between Strictly and its fans on social media, and we also discover the fitness routines of Strictly professionals Aliona Vilani and Kevin Clifton.

On the ballet front, Zoë Anderson meets Northern Ballet’s Pippa Moore, who will be dancing with the company in the run-up to Christmas in The Nutcracker in Leeds, and from the world of musical theatre, Barbara Newman gives her verdict on the new West End production of Elf. David Mead travels to New York to find out more about the School of American Ballet based at the Lincoln Center, and Laura Dodge goes to Epsom to pay a visit to Laine Theatre Arts, one of the UK’s leading musical theatre colleges. In addition, we meet three promising young dancers – English National Ballet’s Isabelle Brouwers, and Glenn Richard Boyce and Alexandra Krivushkova, who were second in the junior finals of the 2015 International Championships in Brentwood. As you can see, then, another packed issue, which leaves me with just enough space to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Dancing Times, December 2015 Volume 106 Issue 1264

Cover stories

15 – Sense and talent. Zoë Anderson meets Pippa Moore, Northern Ballet’s long-serving principal dancer

19 – A bit of magic. Laura Dodge pays a visit to Laine Theatre Arts

74 – Only connect. Vikki Jane Vile explores the relationship between fans, social media and Strictly Come Dancing


23 – Not to be eaten. Dominic Antonucci reveals how vital shoes are for the dancer

27 – Balanchine through and through. David Mead looks inside the School of American Ballet

31 – Dream team. Nicola Rayner talks to Glenn Richard Boyce, a bright hope in competitive dancesport

34 – Step two. Jack Thorpe Baker paints a picture of the dance scene as it appears to a young person aspiring to a future leadership role

106 – Shadows and strings. Debbie Malina considers the inextricable links between puppetry, theatre and dance

Dance Today

79 – Strictly fitness. Strictly Come Dancing’s Aliona Vilani and Kevin Clifton reveal the fitness routines that keep them in shape

80 – Tips on technique by James Whitehead

81 – Technique clinic by Phil Meacham

83 – Products

84 – Simon’s Guide to Swing by Simon Selmon

85 – Stepping Out by Marianka Swain

86 – Notes from the Dance floor

88 – Somewhere in time by Jack Reavely


6 – News. Sadler’s Wells 2016, National Dance Award nominations, win copies of the new Darcey Bussell Ballet Collection CD

12 – Talking Point by Marianka Swain

39 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman reviews the musicals Elf and In the Heights

43 – Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov hails the Maryinsky Ballet’s Renata Shakirova and Kimin Kim in Don Quixote

45 – Notes from New York. Jack Anderson enjoys seasons by American Ballet Theatre and Ballet Memphis

47 – Media. The latest books and DVDs

49 – Dance Scene. Reviews this month include The Australian Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Hussein Chalayan, ZooNation, Sasha Waltz and Staatsballett Berlin

91 – People. Violetta Elvin, Tribute to Jonathan Ollivier

92 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets English National Ballet’s Isabelle Brouwers

96 – Obituaries. David Drew, Mandev Sokhi, Yolanda Sonnabend, Selena Wylie

101 – Education. Dance Proms 2015, Urdang Academy

111 – Classified

112 – Calendar

118 – Listings

122 – Last Dance

Simon Oliver has been production editor of Dancing Times since 2010 and is highly experienced in design across print and online magazine production. Throughout his career, Simon has worked on a diverse range of subjects including music, family history, book collecting and poker.

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