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July 2019

Posted on August 28, 2019

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We pay tribute this month to David Bintley, who stepped down as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet on June 29 after 24 years of service. He was, of course, associated with the company long before that, both as a dancer and choreographer when it was named Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, but – as can be seen in his interview with Paul Arrowsmith – he plans to continue with his career as a choreographer for the foreseeable future.

We also report back on the 2019 Blackpool Dance Festival, learn about the commercial dance scene, and find out about Iain MacKay’s plans for Yorkshire Ballet Seminars, which return to Askham Bryan College this month. In addition, there is an extended Dance Scene section, highlighting the vast amount of dance that has recently been on offer on stage in the UK and abroad.

Finally, to mark this month’s Pride celebrations in the UK, we include an article – requested by our readers – on voguing, a dance style that has recently made a comeback in the popular imagination. Enjoy the summer!


Dancing Times, July 2019 Volume 109 Issue 1307

Cover Stories

15 – Missing the hurly-burly. Paul Arrowsmith asks David Bintley to look back at his time as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet

19 – Turning point. Jonathan Gray talks to Iain Mackay about his ambitions for the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars

23 – Strike a pose. Nicola Rayner explores the re-emergence of voguing

76 – Blackpool 2019! Martin Cutler reports from Blackpool Dance Festival


26 – Be your own brand. Laura Dodge discovers the growing commercial dance industry

29 – Kalamata – what’s not to like? Paul Arrowsmith meets Linda Kapetanea, director of the Kalamata Dance Festival

33 – Collective interest. Fátima Nollén looks at Ecuador’s contemporary dance scene

36 – Method of the Maestro. Diane van Schoor talks to Jonathan Gray about the release on DVD of Complete Cecchetti Diploma

Dance Today

80 – All change, please. Alison Gallagher-Hughes attends the British Open

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. By Vikki Jane Vile

88 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


6 – News. Northern Ballet’s 50th anniversary plans

10 – Letters

12 – Talking Point. By Northern Ballet’s Gavin McCaig

39 – Dance Scene. Reviews include Seeta Patel, Rambert, Northern Ballet, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Masters of Choreography, The Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Norwegian National Ballet

67 – Variety Lights. By Barbara Newman

69 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

71 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

73 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

91 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets The Royal Ballet’s Joseph Sissens

95 – People. Marcelino Sambé, the Queen’s Birthday Honours

96 – Obituaries. John O’Brien

99 – Media. Nicola Rayner reviews Force of Nature Natalia

101 – Products

103 – Education. British Ballet Grand Prix

108 – Health. Debbie Malina considers the development of the Dance for Parkinson’s Network

111 – Classified

112 – Calendar. Our guide to what’s on this month in the UK and abroad

118 – Listings

122 – Last Dance. We look back to July 1979

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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