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January 2017

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Editorial and contents January 2017

Happy New Year! In many respects, 2016 proved to be a tumultuous year in politics, both in the UK and across the world, and there is little sign at present that 2017 is going to be any different. We live through changing times, and those times will affect the dance community along with everyone else. In this month’s Talking Point column, Daniel Pratt, a young UK-born dancer currently working in the US, gives a view on the US presidential election, and how in that country the arts, specifically, were condescended to or barely mentioned in the wider political debate.

Elsewhere in this issue of Dancing Times, we look at dance training and education. Christina Gallea Roy travels to Monaco to find out about the success of the Princess Grace Academy; Zoë Anderson talks to Lynn Wallis, who stepped down as artistic director of the Royal Academy of Dance last month; David Mead discovers how Scottish Dance Theatre, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, was founded with a strong focus on education and the local community; and James Whitehead offers some tips on how to get to grips with dancing the waltz. All that, and much, much more.

Dancing Times, January 2017 Volume 107 Issue 1277

Cover Stories

17 – Releasing individuality. Laura Dodge speaks to choreographer Wayne McGregor

21 – MOVE IT 2017

47 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman sees Half a Sixpence and Peter Pan

74 – Generation next. Alison Gallagher-Hughes reports from the British National Dance Championships


23 – Pale beauty. Nicola Rayner hears from Latin dancer Zia James

27 – Princess Grace Academy. Christina Gallea Roy visits a world-class school in Monaco

30 – The memoirs of Nadia Nerina. Nadia Nerina recalls her childhood in South Africa, and her first dancing lessons

33 – An explosion of dance. David Mead celebrates the 30th anniversary of Scottish Dance Theatre

36 – Passing it on. Zoë Anderson talks to the RAD’s Lynn Wallis

39 – A man’s world. Marianka Swain meets the founder of the Gay Men’s Dance Company

43 – Reflections on teaching ballet. Judith Reyn looks back on a career as a dancer and teacher

Dance Today

78 – Halcyon days. Lee Knights on the dancing at the heart of a new television drama

80 – Tips on technique by James Whitehead

81 – Technique clinic by Phil Meacham

82 – Simon’s Guide to Swing by Simon Selmon

83 – Stepping Out by Marianka Swain

84 – Notes from the dance floor

86 – Somewhere in time by Jack Reavely


6 – News. 30 years of New Adventures

12 – Letters

15 – Talking Point by Daniel Pratt

49 – Letter from St Petersburg by Igor Stupnikov

51 – Notes from New York by Jack Anderson

53 – Media. New books, DVDs and CDs

55 – Dance Scene. Reviews this month include Phoenix Dance Theatre, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ballet Cymru, Eifman Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet

89 – People. Sheema Kermani

90 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis interviews Andrew Monaghan of New Adventures

95 – Obituaries. Auriel Condon

97 – Products

99 – Education. RAD’s new artistic director announced, Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund

103 – Health. Debbie Malina investigates the benefits of getting into water

109 – Classified

111 – Calendar. Our guide to what’s on in the UK and internationally

118 – Listings

122 – Last Dance. We look back to January 1977

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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