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July 2013

Posted on July 29, 2013


This month sees some major changes at Dancing Times and Dance Today. We are very excited at being able to offer both magazines in digital format and, from July 1, you will be able to read Dancing Times and Dance Today on your smartphone, tablet or online – click here for details. I am also delighted to announce a new member of staff, Fiona Conway, who joins us as finance director. Fiona, a qualified chartered accountant with a Law degree, has an extensive and varied background in finance, including almost a decade with The Copyright Licensing Agency.

Happily for us, she also has a great interest in dance! However, we do have to say farewell to two special people who have contributed greatly to the company over the years. Tracey Geaves, our wonderful financial controller, has decided to move on to a new job closer to home and we wish her every success in the future. We also say “goodbye” to Mary Clarke, our beloved editor emeritus, who stepped down as company director on June 6. Mary has had a remarkable career with Dancing Times lasting almost 60 years, and like many people, I grew up reading her benchmark articles and reviews in this magazine. She always gave an open, honest and considered opinion on everything she saw, and it is exactly these qualities I hope the magazine will maintain in the years to come. Dear Mary, I don’t think you realise quite how much we are all going to miss you!

Jonathan Gray

July 2013 Volume 103 Issue 1235



14 On the edge. On the eve of its return to London, Graham Watts reports on the crisis currently engulfing the Bolshoi Ballet. Photographs by James Hill

21 Delhi dance diary. Reginald Massey draws some conclusions from the dances of India he observed recently in Delhi

25 Begoña in bloom. Gerald Dowler talks to English National Ballet principal Begoña Cao about her career with the company

33 Dance schools: John Cranko School. David Mead visits the John Cranko School in Stuttgart

37 Knowing by heart. Matthew Hawkins gives a personal response to Benjamin Britten’s music for dance



6 Dance Matters. Cojocaru and Kobborg resign from The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet

10 Letters

12 Talking Point. Louise Bennett discusses some of the problems faced by the unemployed professional ballet dancer

19 Variety Lights. Barbara Newman on The Pajama Game at the Chichester Festival Theatre

29 Dance Health. Debbie Malina investigates Zero Balancing, a form of bodywork particularly suited to dancers

43 Dance Scene. Reviews this month include : Bern Ballett, Akram Khan and The Royal Ballet

63 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov visits Maryinsky II

65 Dance Media. Dancing Times goes digital

67 Dance People. Tamara Nijinsky

69 Obituaries. Hayden Griffin, Esther Williams

70 Dance Education. National Youth Dance Festival, Leicester Ballet Associates, Yorkshire Ballet Summer School

75 Classifieds

76 Where to Learn

78 Calendar


85 Dancer of the month. Margaret Willis talks to Northern Ballet’s Giuliano Contadini

88 Stage Picture. Petrushka by Zoë Anderson

90 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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