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July 2021

Posted on July 1, 2021

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Editorial and contents July 2021

As promised last month, this issue of Dancing Times includes live reviews from most of the UK’s leading dance companies, and not just those based in London. It has been wonderful to be able to see performances in theatres again after the partial lifting of lockdown on May 17, and I hope our readers, like our writers, have been taking full advantage of what is on offer on stage after such a long time. Live dance before audiences has also returned to Europe, and in her latest FRANCE/dance column, Laura Cappelle attends the Lyon Dance Biennale, which had to be postponed last autumn due to you know what.

This month, we pay tribute to two remarkable ballerinas – Violetta Elvin and Carla Fracci – who both died in Italy on the same day at the end of May. We also hear from choreographer Rob Ashford, who has been working on the forthcoming production of Disney’s Frozen that is scheduled to reopen the Theatre Royal Drury Lane at the end of August, and conclude Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp’s series on diversifying dance, which has been welcomed by a large number of people working in the dance industry. I would like to thank him personally for bravely tackling a subject that so urgently needs to be addressed by the whole dance community.


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17 – Isadora in the Soviet Union. Anna Mackey on Isadora Duncan’s mission to Moscow

20 – It just happened. Gerald Dowler talks to Altynai Asylmuratova

25 – Unfreezing. Nicola Rayner hears from Rob Ashford, the choreographer of Frozen

37 – Dance Scene International. Reviews include Rambert and Northern Ballet


15 – Dance opportunities for all. Laura Nicholson introduces the U.Dance National Festival

28 – No going back. Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp concludes his series on diversifying dance

34 – Veni Vidi Vicki. Graham Watts interviews choreographer Vicki Igbokwe

Dance Today

54 – The Empress reveals her secrets. Alison Gallagher-Hughes visits the Empress Ballroom

56 – Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

57 – Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

58 – Simon’s Guide to Swing. By Simon Selmon

59 – Stepping Out. By Pete Meager

60 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


8 – News. Summer festivals announce their dance programmes

13 – Talking Point. By Gerald Dowler

48 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman sees Amélie The Musical

49 – FRANCE/dance. Laura Cappelle attends the Lyon Dance Biennale

50 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

51 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

63 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis interviews Rambert’s Liam Francis

66 – Obituaries. Violetta Elvin, Simon Fildes, Carla Fracci

71 – Media. New books and DVDs

73 – Education. New director sought for Central School of Ballet

74 – Health. Debbie Malina looks at issues that can arise with the shoulder joint

77 – Classifieds

78 – Calendar. Our guide to what’s on

82 – Last Dance. We look back to July 1981


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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