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March 2008

Posted on February 4, 2008

After months of preparation, the mammoth MOVE IT festival of dance and all its appurtenances takes place for the third successive year, at Olympia, starting on Friday, March 7, and continuing through Sunday, March 9. The organisers give a taste of what is on offer on page 45 and we at Dancing Times (visit us on Stand 100) know from experience of the two previous extravaganzas that they do not make false claims. The sheer multiplicity of participants is amazing, and so are the numbers of visitors likely to be there. Learning from experience and listening to comments, the organisers have consistently improved all facilities and the 2008 festival promises to be the smoothest, as well as the biggest, event of the series.

Support and collaboration from the entire dance world is warmly recommended. In this issue of Dancing Times, which will be available at Olympia as well as at all usual outlets, including now larger branches of W H Smith, we publish the first instalment of a GCSE study aid on Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Gerald Dowler talks to Kenneth Tharp, the new man in charge at The Place. Mindy Aloff re-introduces New York City Ballet, returning to London this month after too long an absence, and David Jays previews the Stuttgart Ballet. Dance Scene, in addition to UK coverage, looks at the Bolshoi Ballet in Paris, New York City Ballet at home, the Sydney Festival, and the Berlin Ballet.

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Contents – Dancing Times March 2008 Volume 98 No 1171

In this month


Features

8 Letters to the Editor

11 Talking Point. This month Anita Hutchins of Phoenix Dance Theatre writes on bridging the gap between the audience and the stage

13 Going Places. Kenneth Tharp interviewed by Gerald Dowler

17 GCSE Dance: Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes Study Aid Part One by Elizabeth Marshall

25 The return of New York City Ballet by Mindy Aloff

29 Taking care of your feet. Debbie Malina reports on chiropodists and podiatrists

33 Dancers after dancing. Patricia Linton talks to Ann Jenner

37 Stepping ahead. Jeff Edwards on DanceEast’s 2008 Rural Retreat

41 Dance the Cranko. John Cranko and the Stuttgart Ballet by David Jays

45 Get the knowledge at MOVE IT 2008

47 The Making of a Dancer Part 18. This month Mary Goodhew on graduates and their futures

51 The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2007 by Jonathan Gray

53 Dance Scene International – UK: The Royal Ballet; Henri Oguike Dance Company; British Dance Edition 2008; La La La Human Steps; Tilted Productions; The Royal Ballet; Fabulous Beast; Bonachela Dance Company. Overseas: New York City Ballet; Sydney Festival; The Bolshoi Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin

81 Letter from St Petersburg by Igor Stupnikov

85 Obituaries – Norman Morrice, Bob Smith, Ernestine Stodelle


Into Dance!

113 Esteban Berlanga is our Dancer of the Month interviewed by Margaret Willis

116 Dancing UK: some upcoming events for younger readers including our Peter and the Wolf competition

118 Your Page


Regulars

6 Dancematters

This month: Balanchine online, Kirov Ballet, “Ballet Shoes” DVD competition

83 Miscellany
This month: Elmhurst with BRB in Japan, Will Gaines at 80

89 Teachers & Training
This month: Prix de Lausanne results, Rambert Apprentices, Arts Ed

95 Classified

96 Where to Learn

98 Calendar

108 Book & DVD

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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