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February 2012

Posted on February 24, 2012


There is a theme of “passing things on” running through the current issue of Dancing Times. In Talking Point, Mindy Aloff wonders why, unlike the UK, so many in the US dance community seem reluctant to recognise the value of dance notation; Zoë Anderson talks to Christopher Nourse about the establishment of The Frederick Ashton Foundation, launched late last year; and Gerald Dowler interviews Ivan Liska, director of the Bavarian State Ballet, about his plans for the company that has just launched a “Very British?!” season in Munich.

On page 27, Debbie Malina focuses on how Dance UK is progressing with its important work in establishing a National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science. On page 71 you can find details of the book and DVD sale we will be holding on February 27 and, finally, Paul Arrowsmith sifts through the findings of the dance programming survey we published in our September 2011 issue, and comes up with some interesting statistics. We offer our thanks to everyone who participated in the questionnaire, and reveal the name of the winner of the prize draw on page 35.


February 2012 Volume 102 Issue 1218


15 Spirit and style. Zoë Anderson finds out how the new Frederick Ashton Foundation will work

19 Fashion forecast. Dance “must have” products for 2012

21 Looking to the future. Gerald Dowler meets Ivan Liska, director of the Bavarian State Ballet

31 The pearl of Filippino ballet. Ballet Manila’s Lisa Macuja talks to Graham Watts

34 As you like it. The findings of our dance programming survey, sifted by Paul Arrowsmith

36 Getting the balance. Kevin Berry interviews Leeds-based choreographer Douglas Thorpe


6 Dance Matters. Dance Forward Easter Course competition, Pavlova Gala in London

11 Letters

12 Talking Point. Mindy Aloff defends dance notation

25 Variety Lights. Barbara Newman on Pippin

27 Dance Health. Debbie Malina looks at the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science

41 Dance Scene. Reviews this month include : The Nutcracker in London, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet, Scottish Ballet, and the Bavarian State Ballet

67 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov at the Mikhailovsky

69 Dance Media. New books reviewed by Jonathan Gray, Patricia Linton and Reginald Massey

73 Dance People. Dame Beryl Grey, New Year Honours

75 Obituaries. Gill Clarke, Anya Evans, Miguel Terekhov

77 Dance Education. Northern Ballet School, Ampersandance

83 Classifieds

84 Where to Learn

86 Calendar

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93 Dancer of the Month. Scottish Ballet’s Sophie Martin interviewed by Margaret Willis

96 Richard Alston’s A Ceremony of Carols. By Zoë Anderson

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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