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December 2013

Posted on December 27, 2013


As Christmas approaches, it’s hard to believe we are at the end of another year packed with dance, a fact underlined by the announcement of the nominations for the 2013 Dance Critics’ Circle Awards, which are listed in full on page 7. This month, we have a theme relating to British ballet and its style running throughout the magazine, from Clement Crisp’s Talking Point on the genetics of The Royal Ballet on page 12 to Patricia Linton’s thoughts on the staging of choreography by Frederick Ashton in the 21st century following the symposium held by The Frederick Ashton Foundation at The Royal Ballet School.

On page 29, Gerald Dowler pays tribute to Anthony Dowell, that most British of male dancers, and he also wonders what if there had been no Ninette de Valois on page 19. Also this month, on page 61, we launch a new regular column, Notes from New York, where Jack Anderson will be reporting on the Big Apple’s lively dance scene. Finally, a reminder to subscribers of the printed magazine that our offer of free access to digital copies of Dancing Times comes to an end on January 2, 2014. Which just leaves me to wish all our readers, whether in print or digitally, a very Merry Christmas!


Cover stories

14 Model Prince. Robert Greskovic meets American Ballet Theatre’s Cory Stearns on the eve of his appearances in The Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker

26 21st-century choreographer? Patricia Linton offers her thoughts following The Frederick Ashton Foundation’s symposium held at The Royal Ballet School

35 Le Corsaire. Jonathan Gray reviews the new production by English National Ballet

55 Variety Lights. Barbara Newman reports on the openings of the musicals From Here to Eternity and The Scottsboro Boys


19 What If… Gerald Dowler wonders what if there had been no Ninette de Valois

21 Teaching dance science in Higher Education. An integrated approach discussed by Dr Imogen Aujla

29 All the superlatives. Gerald Dowler pays tribute to Anthony Dowell



06 Dance Matters. Sadler’s Wells’ plans for 2014

11 Letters

12 Talking Point. Clement Crisp considers the genetics of The Royal Ballet

32 Dance Scene. Reviews include Birmingham Royal Ballet, m¡longa, Hofesh Shechter

59 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov sees Giselle and Romeo and Juliet at the Maryinsky Theatre

61 Notes from New York. In a new regular column Jack Anderson sees three leading US ballet companies

63 Dance Media. New books and DVDs

64 Obituaries. Patrick Hurde, Karl Musil, Galina Rakhmanova, Edith Schwarz

67 Dance People. Dame Antoinette Sibley

69 Health. Debbie Malina discovers unexpected links between football and ballet

75 Dance Education. The Hammond School, RAD Genée Competiton

81 Classified

82 Where to Learn

91 Calendar

Into Dance


85 Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets The Royal Ballet’s Beatriz Stix-Brunell

88 Hansel and Gretel. By Zoë Anderson

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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