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June 09

Posted on May 4, 2009


After our special tribute to Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes last month, we get back to business with a fine selection of stimulating features on a diverse array of dance topics. On page 15, Nadine Meisner talks to Yuri Burlaka, the new artistic director of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet, and on page 19, Jeffrey Edwards reports back on the work placement he undertook with The Royal Ballet and The Royal Ballet School as part of DanceEast’s Rural Retreat for aspiring artistic directors.

Debbie Malina reveals some of the interesting conclusions drawn by Vincent Dance Theatre and Dance UK in their recent survey on dancers during pregnancy and parenthood, and we continue our commitment to dance in education by publishing the first part of Lorna Sanders’ A Level Study Aid on Merce Cunningham’s Beach Birds on page 23. On page 31 Alison Kirkman interviews jazz dance diva Dollie Henry, and in Into Dance! Margaret Willis talks to the sensational flamenco dancer, Rocío Molina, who is our latest Dancer of the Month. With an extensive range of news, views and reviews, I hope you continue to find Dancing Times a good read!

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In this month’s issue:

15 New man at the Bolshoi. Nadine Meisner talks to the company’s new artistic

director, Yuri Burlaka

19 Leadership insights. Jeffrey Edwards reports on his experience of a work placement designed for aspiring artistic directors

Merce Cunningham’s Beach Birds. Part One. By Dr Lorna Sanders

27 Dancers After Dancing. Patricia Linton and Gail Monahan interview Michael Boulton

31 A life of jazz. Alison Kirkman talks to jazz artist Dollie Henry

35 Ballets Russes de Serge Diagilev. Part 8 researched by Sarah Woodcock

39 Looking after dancers during pregnancy and parenthood: the results. Debbie Malina concludes her report

43 Another Opening. Barbara Newman reviews Jenufa and Peter Grimes at the London Coliseum

47 DanceScene International. UK: New English Contemporary Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Focus on Forsythe, Anton and Erin. OVERSEAS: National Ballet of China, Hong Kong Ballet, City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong Dance Company, DanceArt, Allen Lam, Golden Mask Russian Festival of Performing Arts, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, New York Theatre Ballet

67 Books. Mary Clarke reviews Hippo in a Tutu and Barbara Newman reviews Balanchine Variations

72 Obituary. Ekaterina Maximova and Michael Crookes

6 Dancematters
ROH, Hamburg Ballet, DanceEast, The Place

11 Letters to the Editor

12 Talking Point
By Roland John Wiley

65 Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

71 Miscellany
Kim Brandstrup, Bakst

75 Teachers & Training
Bush Davies, Dance Forward, Ballet Central, Verve

79 Classified

80 Where to Learn

82 Calendar

91 DVD reviews


93 Dancer of the Month – Rocío Molina. Interviewed by Margaret Willis

96 IntoDance. Line of Vision: update

98 Your Page

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