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February 2011

Posted on February 22, 2011


Good news with which to start 2011. Despite the current economic climate, subscriptions to Dancing Times rose by 20 per cent last year, and we would like to thank all our loyal readers and advertisers for sticking with us. 2010 was a special anniversary year for us, but we aim to continue producing consistently informative, invigorating, and entertaining magazines. It seems our efforts are paying off.

There is truly an international feel to this month’s magazine, with features on the Havana Festival and ballet in Athens, as well as our regular Letter from St Petersburg, plus Dance Scene reviews from Amsterdam, London, Ludwigshafen, Montreal, Munich, New York, Paris, Taipei, Toronto and Vancouver. We also interview English National Ballet’s Japanese-born senior principal dancer, Erina Takahashi, and mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Dame Margot Fonteyn with an article on the prima ballerina assoluta’s promotion of British fashion. We hope you enjoy it.




February 2011 Volume 101 Issue 1206



15 Step by step. ENB’s Erina Takahashi
interviewed by Gerald Dowler

21 The Havana
Festival of Ballet. Margaret Willis travelled to Cuba to see the most recent ballet festival

25 All the talents. Ian Palmer talks to Michael Nunn and William Trevitt about their latest project, Balletboyz – The Talent

31 MOVE IT makes the moves!

32 In her own fashion. Rosemary Harden on how Margot Fonteyn promoted British fashion

34 The Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Kevin Berry celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Leeds-based school

37 Dancing the Blues away. Graham Watts discovers how ballet is soothing the current economic crisis in Greece

41 Massine and Balanchine at the Ballets Russes. By Iris Fanger



6 Dance Matters. Chris Nash at the V&A, La Bayadère DVD competition, Ballet Black

10 Letters

12 Talking Point. The royal wedding reminds Sanjoy Roy of classical ballet – and vice versa

28 Dance Health. Debbie Malina continues our health directory for dancers

47 Dance Scene. Reviews this month include : New Adventures, The Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, and Paris Opéra Ballet

71 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov sees The Nutcracker

73 Dance Media. Sarah Woodcock reviews Cancan!

75 Dance People. New Year Honours in dance

77 Obituaries. Jim Hastie, Rosemary Lindsay

79 Dance Education. Northern Ballet School, English National Ballet School

83 Classifieds

84 Where to Learn

86 Calendar

Into Dance


93 Alvin Ailey 2. Zoë Anderson speaks to two members of the company

96  Dancer of the Month. The Royal Ballet’s Claire Calvert interviewed by Margaret Willis

98 Your Page

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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