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March 2009

Posted on February 4, 2009


With spring rapidly approaching, many of our younger readers will be starting to think about a future career in dance. This month, we begin a new three-part series by Sheila Cross, examining the various dance options on offer at UK universities. For professional dancers, Amanda Gillespie offers advice on visa requirements for working in the US and Debbie Malina explains the health benefits of the Rolfing technique. We also celebrate Scottish Ballet’s 40th anniversary with a sneak preview of the company’s new home at Glasgow’s Tramway.

Last month, we marked the 70th birthday of former Royal Ballet ballerina Dame Antoinette Sibley, and it seems entirely fitting that this month we pay tribute to her remarkable colleague, the great Lynn Seymour, who celebrates her 70th birthday this month. Almost certainly the most incredible performer I have ever encountered, Seymour’s appearances in Mayerling, Anastasia and Onegin are among my most precious ballet memories. She talks with typically forthright candour to Gerald Dowler. Another wonderful former ballerina, Fiona Chadwick, discusses her life with Patricia Linton as part of our popular Dancers after Dancing series. Finally, don’t forget the MOVE IT dance exhibition is being held at London’s Olympia this month, from March 6-8. Come along and meet the Dancing Times team at Stand 716!

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14 Seymour at seventy. Lynn Seymour talks to Gerald Dowler

21 And the award goes to… The Critics’ Circle National Dance Award winners 2008

23 Dance by degrees. Part 1. Sheila Cross looks at dance courses across the UK

29 Scottish Ballet’s new home. The company celebrates 40 years and moves into Tramway, Glasgow. By Gareth Vile

33 Dancing Stateside. Advice on visa requirements for dancers aspiring to work in the US. By Amanda Gillespie

37 Rolfing. Debbie Malina explains the technique and its benefits

43 Dancing Around Europe. Part 6. By Louise Bennett

47 Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev. Part 5. Researched by Sarah Woodcock

51 Dancers After Dancing. Fiona Chadwick talks to Patricia Linton

57 DanceScene International. UK: The Royal Ballet, Protein Dance, Xavier Le Roy, English National Ballet, Rafael Bonachela, Les Ballets C. de la B. OVERSEAS: Miami City Ballet

79 Obituary. David Walker, Nora Kovach, Palle Jacobsen, Ewen Balfour



6 Dancematters. Isadora, BRB, Martha Graham

11 Letters to the Editor

12 Talking Point. By Noël Goodwin

75 Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

77 Miscellany. Jason Reilly

83 Teachers & Training. RAD, BATD, Prix de Lausanne results, Tring Park

89 Classified

90 Where to Learn

92 Calendar

105 DVD reviews



109 Dancer of the Month – Christopher Harrison.
Interviewed by Margaret Willis

112 IntoDance. Complete our wordsearch for the chance to meet LCB, see a rehearsal of Snow White AND get a 3-DVD box set

114 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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