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January 2008

Posted on December 31, 2007

As one dance-filled year ends, we look forward to many potentially exciting events in the early months of 2008. Spring Dance at the London Coliseum deserves much advance coverage about the companies and dancers to be seen. Next month Gerald Dowler talks to Wendy Whelan of New York City Ballet and in our March issue Mindy Aloff will re-introduce this great company, which has been too long absent from our shores. David Jays will preview the Stuttgart Ballet in that same issue. Also next month we shall preview the huge Move It exhibition at Olympia and shall report on the 2008 event (which takes place March 6-9) in April.

In February we shall have a picture spread of Maris Liepa, the famous Bolshoi dancer who will be celebrated at a gala on February 21. By March, Kenneth Tharpe will have had several months in his new role at The Place, returning to take charge of the place where he trained and where he danced so brilliantly with London Contemporary Dance Theatre before going on to gain wide experience not only as a dancer but also as an administrator working in the field of education. Gerald Dowler will be talking to him about this new, important role. Zoë Anderson interviews Daria Klimentová of ENB in February and David Jays interviews The Royal Ballet’s Edward Watson in April; by then he will have made his debut in Kenneth MacMillan’s Different Drummer in the excellent triple bill The Royal Ballet launches in February. We also look forward to new Anthony Crickmay photographs. The study aids, starting March and written by Elizabeth Marshall, will be devoted to Serge Diaghilev. We can confidently look forward and wish all our readers a Happy New Year.

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Contents – Dancing Times January 2008 Volume 98 No 1169

In this month


Features

8 Letters to the Editor

11 Talking Point. This month Craig Hassall, managing director of English National Ballet, writes on the cultural olympiad

13 Dynamic ballerina. Tamara Rojo interviewed by Gerald Dowler

18 Breaking new ground. Debbie Malina looks at Dance UK’s Dancers’ Health Pilot Scheme

23 Study Aid. AQA GCSE Performing Arts: Dance Specification Tutoring Choreography Part One by Dr Lorna Sanders

29 Michael, son of James. Michael Keegan-Dolan interviewed by Frances Byrnes

33 Copyright and Dance by Francis Yeoh

37 “Trust none; for oaths are straws.” Gerald Dowler on the Ashton legacy

41 Dancers after dancing. Michael Coleman interviewed by Patricia Linton

44 The Making of a dancer Part 16. This month Mary Goodhew looks at Pas de deux

47 Dance is Us and Dance is Black by Dr Rodreguez King-Dorset

51 Dance Scene International – UK: The Royal Ballet; Rambert Dance Company; Sydney Opera House and Malthouse Theatre; The Royal Ballet; Urban Bush Women; Birmingham Royal Ballet. Overseas: The Pennsylvania Ballet

73 Letter from St Petersburg by Igor Stupnikov

79 Obituary – David Adams, Maurice Béjart, Luisillo 


Into Dance!

109 Black Maria by Anthony Meredith

112 Joseph Caley is our Dancer of the Month
interviewed by Margaret Willis 

114 Your Page – including an interview with
Henry Perkins by Margaret Willis 


Regulars

6 Dancematters

This month: ROH Archives, Diversions, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre competition 

77 Miscellany
This month: The Language of Dance Centre, Flemming Ryberg 

83 Teachers & Training
This month: Blasis to Cecchetti Part Two

89 Classified

90 Where to Learn

93 Calendar

105 Book & DVD

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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