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June 2018

Posted on June 27, 2018

06 DT June 2018

Dancing Times goes stateside this month, as we not only include Jack Anderson’s regular Notes from New York column – which records the opening weeks of the exciting Jerome Robbins centenary celebrations – but Barbara Newman reports on San Francisco Ballet’s extraordinary Unbound: A Festival of New Works, which presented no fewer than 12 world premieres within the space of a few days. In addition, Graham Watts catches up with Hope Muir, now running Charlotte Ballet in North Carolina, and I travel to the US capital, Washington DC, to talk to Julie Kent about her future plans as director of The Washington Ballet.

Staying on the same side of the world, although much further south, Fátima Nollén introduces Brazil’s Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, and Lee Knights considers the music and social dance scene in Cuba.

Closer to home, Nicola Rayner interviews ballroom and Latin dancer – and Strictly Come Dancing favourite – Kevin Clifton about the new show he is performing with Karen Clifton, and Zoë Anderson speaks to the Amateur ballroom couple, Kyle Taylor and Izabela Skierska, as they prepare to compete at the Blackpool Dance Festival. Finally, after the plaudits he gained for his articles on ballet during the Russian Revolution, Gerald Dowler embarks this month on a new series, this time documenting the history of ballet in the Soviet Union from 1924 to 1941.


Dancing Times, June 2018 Volume 108 Issue 1294

Cover Stories

16 – Capital company. Jonathan Gray travels to the US to interview The Washington Ballet’s Julie Kent

27 – The show must go on. Nicola Rayner talks to Kevin Clifton about his new show, Kevin and Karen Dance

35 – Dancing through terror. In the first of a new three-part series, Gerald Dowler looks at the history of ballet in the Soviet Union between 1924 and 1941

94 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets The Royal Ballet’s Mayara Magri


20 – Dazzling dancing. Barbara Newman enjoys San Francisco Ballet’s Unbound: A Festival of New Works

22 – Hope for Charlotte. Graham Watts catches up with Hope Muir, director of Charlotte Ballet

30 – Full of contrasts. Fátima Nollén introduces the Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, as well as Brazil’s folk and urban dance scene

Dance Today

78 – In harmony. Zoë Anderson speaks to Kyle Taylor and Izabela Skierska

82 – Cuba dance. Lee Knights looks at the roots of Cuban dance and music

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. By Vikki Jane Vile

90 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


6 – News. ABT announces the launch of Women’s Movement

12 – Letters and Readers’ Survey winners

15 – Talking Point. By Gavin McCaig

39 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman sees Chicago and Strictly Ballroom in London’s West End

41 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

42 – Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov attends the Dance Open Festival

45 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

47 – Dance Scene. Reviews include The Royal Ballet’s new Swan Lake, Breakin’ Convention, DeNada Dance Theatre, Norwegian National Ballet

93 – People. Dame Beryl Grey, Peter Wilson receives Royal Ballet Governors’ Medal

98 – Obituaries. Jane Billson, Clare Duncan, William Perrie

101 – Products

102 – Education. Yorkshire Ballet Summer School

106 – Health. Debbie Malina considers the challenges facing dancers living with eczema

111 – Classified

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

118 – Listings

122 – Last Dance

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