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March 2019

Posted on March 27, 2019

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In this latest issue of Dancing Times we highlight some of the world’s leading choreographers. Mark Morris Dance Group is about to embark on a lengthy tour of the UK this month with the wonderful Pepperland, presented by Dance Consortium, and I travelled to California to talk to Mark Morris about the production inspired by The Beatles. We also catch up with Cathy Marston, who recently won the Best Classical Choreography Award for Ballet Black’s The Suit at the National Dance Awards, and who is about to unveil Victoria, her latest project for Northern Ballet.

In addition, we hear from director and choreographer Kader Belarbi, who leads the Ballet du Capitole in Toulouse, interview Strictly Come Dancing professional Dianne Buswell, about to star in a new stage show, Here Come The Girls, and discover the winners at both the UK Open and The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.

Finally, all at Dancing Times would like to say “hello” to the visitors at MOVE IT, the UK’s largest dance event, held at London’s ExCeL from March 8 to 10, who may be reading the magazine for the very first time. We hope you like what you see!


Dancing Times, March 2019 Volume 109 Issue 1303

Cover Stories

17 – Landing in the right spot. Jonathan Gray previews the UK tour of Pepperland by the Mark Morris Dance Group

27 – Girl Power. Nicola Rayner catches up with Strictly’s Dianne Buswell

39 – Dancing Queen. Gavin McCaig talks to Cathy Marston about her new work for Northern Ballet

51 – National Dance Awards 2018

90 – Open season. Nicola Rayner reports on the UK Open in Bournemouth


21 – From the capital to the Capitole. Gerald Dowler interviews Kader Belarbi, director of Toulouse’s Ballet du Capitole

33 – Progress in Paraguay. Fátima Nollén on a country intersected by history, mysticism and national identity

45 – Movement studies. Photographs by Simon Tomkinson

47 – The flight of Terpsichore. Part Three of Gerald Dowler’s history of Russian ballet between 1941 and 1961

Dance Today

96 – “We are ready”. Nicola Rayner meets new UK Open Professional Ballroom champions Andrea Ghigiarelli and Sara Andracchio

98 – Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

99 – Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

100 – Simon’s Guide to Swing. By Simon Selmon

101 – Stepping Out. By Marianka Swain

102 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


6 – News. BRB new season announced, Flamenco Festival London

12 – Letters

14 – Talking Point. By Mikael Petersson

55 – Dance Scene. Reviews include English National Ballet, Tanztheater Wuppertal, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Sarasota Ballet

77 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

79 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

83 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

85 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman sees Caroline, or Change in London

and Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show in Paris

105 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis talks to Nicholas Shikkis of Richard Alston Dance Company

109 – People. Annette Page celebration

111 – Media. The White Crow on screen

113 – Products

116 – Successful behaviour. By Rachel Rist

119 – Education. Prix de Lausanne results, British Ballet Grand Prix

122 – Health. Debbie Malina on the beneficial effects of dance on those living with Cerebral Palsy

125 – Classified

127 – Calendar. Our guide to what’s on in the UK and abroad

134 – Listings

138 – Last Dance. We look back to March 1979

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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