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June 2010

Posted on October 3, 2010


I am delighted to introduce three new members of staff to readers of Dancing Times this month. Joining as production editor (and also for sister magazine Dance Today) is Simon Oliver, who has worked with skill and flair on a wide range of consumer magazine titles for a number of years. From June 1, we welcome Zoë Anderson as editorial assistant. Zoë is well known to our readers, having written many reviews and articles for the magazine.

She will continue to contribute as dance critic of The Independent, and will also be working in the newly created postition of editorial assistant on Dance Today. Already in place is our new financial controller, Tracey Geaves, who joins us from the accountancy firm, The Briars Group, following a varied career in finance and retail. As we herald these new members of the team, we also bid farewell to temporary financial controller, Danny Wells, and to freelance designer, Matt Askew, with gratitude. Both have done sterling work for us during the past six months, and we wish them every success for the future. In this June issue you will find the lavish array of news and views that each month has made Dancing Times indispensible for nearly 100 years. Happy reading!

Jonathan Gray

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15 The Russian realist. Gerald Dowler interviews English National Ballet’s Dmitri Gruzdyev.

21 Shobana Jeyasingh’s Faultline. Part One of a GCSE Study Aid by Dr Lorna Sanders

29 Talking Talent. Findings from the first year of a Talent Development Project by Imogen Walker,
Sanna Nordin and Emma Redding

33 Another Opening. Barbara Newman reviews Hair and Come Fly Away

37 Competition in dance. Northern Ballet Theatre’s Rym Kechacha looks at the recent dance reality
television craze from the perspective of a professional dancer

40 Dancing Times 100. By Mary Clarke

43 A magic fox visits Sadler’s Wells. Paul Griffith previews the forthcoming Kabuki season

49 DanceScene International UK: Alchemy at the Southbank; The Royal Ballet; Mark Morris Dance Group; Birmingham Royal Ballet; Ballet Nacional de Espana; Candoco Dance Company; Breakin’ Convention 2010; Companhia de Dança; Deborah Colker OVERSEAS: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre; Cloud Gate 2; Boston Ballet; Sydney Dance Company; Paris Opéra Ballet

69 New Releases. A selection of reviews of new books and DVDs



6 Dancematters.Burn The Floor competition, Sadler’s Wells

11 Letters to the Editor

12 Talking Point. By Claire Cunningham

67 Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

73 Miscellany. Oaks and Edur

75 Teachers & Training. London Children’s Ballet, Prix de Lausanne

81 Classified

82 Where to Learn

84 Calendar


Into Dance! For younger readers


93 Dancer of the Month – Ekaterina Borchenko.Interviewed by Margaret Willis

96 IntoDance StreetDance 3D

98 Your Page

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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