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February 2016

Posted on February 26, 2016

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We seem to be going all around the world in this latest issue of Dancing Times, giving the magazine a real international flavour. As well as our popular regular columns from New York and St Petersburg, plus reviews in Dance Scene of productions in Canada, France, Germany and Hong Kong, we also pay visits to Austria, China, Denmark and Spain to find out about the dance happening there, as well as, of course, in the UK.

In Vienna, Gerald Dowler meets Manuel Legris, the former étoile of the Paris Opéra Ballet who is now director of the Vienna State Ballet. Barbara Newman pays a visit to Spain to sample some of the dance on offer in both Madrid and Mallorca, and David Mead travels to New York to talk to upcoming young choreographer Justin Peck about his future plans. Alison Gallagher-Hughes finds out about the new Blackpool Dance Festival China, and Lee Knights introduces to us a new social dance style, new hustle, which is making its way to the UK from the US. In addition, Margaret Willis meets our Dancer of the Month, the Australian-born Ashley Shaw, who is currently appearing in Matthew Bourne’s version of Sleeping Beauty, and Nicola Rayner meets up with the professional ballroom and Latin dancer Robin Windsor to find out about his plans post Strictly Come Dancing. As you can see, there’s a lot to read; we hope you enjoy it!



Inside this issue


Cover stories

17 – Ready to move on. Nicola Rayner meets up with former Strictly Come Dancing professional Robin Windsor

21 – MOVE IT 2016

76 – From seaside to Shanghai. Alison Gallagher-Hughes finds out about Blackpool Dance Festival China


23 – A Month in the Country. The ballet and the play investigated by Paul Arrowsmith

29 – The Royal Danish Ballet School. Jenny Veldhuis pays a visit

32 – The quiet revolutionary. Gerald Dowler interviews Manuel Legris, the French director of the Vienna State Ballet

37 – Nights in the theatres of Spain. Barbara Newman watches traditional and contemporary dance in Madrid and Mallorca

41 – Preserving butterflies. In the second of his series of articles about preserving choreographic legacies, Gerald Dowler looks at how the works of Ashton and Balanchine are cared for

45 – On the fast track. David Mead talks to Justin Peck, New York City Ballet’s choreographer in residence. Photographs by Paul Kolnik

Dance Today

80 – Couple Dancing, Street Style. Lee Knights explores new hustle, a 1970s style brought up to date

82 – Tips on technique by James Whitehead

83 – Technique clinic by Phil Meacham

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. Win cinema tickets for Giselle

12 – Letters

15 – Talking Point by Phil Meacham

49 – Letter from St Petersburg by Igor Stupnikov

51 – Notes from New York by Jack Anderson

53 – Media

55 – Dance Scene. Reviews include The Royal Ballet and Paris Opéra Ballet

91 – People. New Year Honours for Matthew Bourne, Tamara Rojo and others

92 – Dancer of the Month. New Adventures’ Ashley Shaw interviewed by Margaret Willis

96 – Obituaries. Joan Kent, Madeleine Lytton, Mary Schon

99 – Products

101 – Education. Northern Ballet School, Salsa and Rueda medals, and Spanish Dance Society

107 – Health. Debbie Malina concludes her look at postgraduate courses in dance medicine and science available in the UK

111 – Classified

113 – Calendar. Our guide to performances in the UK and abroad

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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