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June 2017

Posted on June 30, 2017

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This month, we pay special tribute to Zenaida Yanowsky, a much-admired ballerina in the Dancing Times office, who will be leaving The Royal Ballet at the end of the current season. Interviewed by Zoë Anderson, she happily tells us that although she is retiring from the company, she will continue with her dancing career for the time being. To find out more about her plans, turn to page 17.

In this issue, we also hear from three very different choreographers: Richard Alston, Diego Romay and Jasmin Vardimon. In his article Dancing your way to business, Northern Ballet dancer Gavin McCaig thinks dancers have more skills than they realise; and in Quickstep to the rescue, Alison Gallagher-Hughes hears how Alexandra Hixson and Andrey Sirbu went about saving the Piccadilly Ballroom in Bournemouth.

As ever, there is a huge amount of news plus views from across the entire dance world in the magazine, including the announcement of the new judge on Strictly Come Dancing. Turn to page 6 to find out who!

Dancing Times, June 2017 Volume 107 Issue 1282

Cover Stories

17 – Being different. Zoe Anderson talks to Zenaida Yanowsky on the eve of her retirement as a principal dancer from The Royal Ballet

23 – Tango in hisblood. Diego Romay tells Nicola Rayner about his show Tanguera

33 – Giving and receiving. Choreographer Jasmin Vardimon interviewed by Graham Watts

37 – Growing, moving and developing. Laura Dodge visits The Hammond School during its centenary year


26 – Dancing your way to business. Gavin McCaig thinks dancers have more skills than they realise

28 – Alston dances Britten. Stephanie Jordan watches the choreographer Richard Alston at work on one of his favourite composers

Dance Today

78 – Dance-Vision. Marianka Swain reports on a new television ballroom documentary on Channel 5

82 – Quickstep to the rescue. Alison Gallagher-Hughes on the rejuvenation of the Piccadilly Ballroom

84 – Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

85 – Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

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

87 – Stepping Out. By Marianka Swain

88 – Notes from the Dance Floor. Alison Gallagher-Hughes reports from the Allied Dancing Association

90 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


6 – News. New Strictly Come Dancing judge announced, Boy Blue Entertainment, Dancers Pension Scheme

12 – Letters

15 – Talking Point. By Maggie Foyer

40 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

43 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

45 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

47 – Media. New books, CDs and DVDs

51 – Dance Scene. Reviews include Rosie Kay Dance Company, BBC Young Dancer, Breakin’ Convention, Norwegian National Ballet, Sarasota Ballet

93 – People. Western Theatre Ballet reunion, Clare Connor

94 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets Kristen McGarrity

98 – Obituaries Geoffrey Cauley, Roy Round, Elaine Thomas

101 – Products

102 – Education. Samira Saidi departs from English National Ballet School, KS Dance, Encore Dance 2017, Dance Proms

106 – Health. Debbie Malina looks at how yoga can be used as therapy

111 – Classified

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

118 – Listings. Where to learn to dance

122 – Last Dance. We look back to May 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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