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March 2010

Posted on October 1, 2010


Some sad news to begin with this month. New English Contemporary Ballet, who did such sterling work in bringing ballet to audiences in the East Midlands region, and who lost its Arts Council funding so disgracefully last year, is to close. Published on the company website is a stark announcement that NECB has gone into creditors’ voluntary liquidation. It is a sad state of affairs when Arts Council East Midlands feels able to fund a dance company that is partly based in Belgium, but cannot find funds to support a “home-grown” ensemble.

On a happier note, in this issue we highlight the 20th anniversary of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s relocation to Birmingham Hippodrome – an example of a truly enlightened vision of bringing dance to the regions, and something eminently worth celebrating. On page 28 we publish the full results of the tenth annual Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards held on January 21, and on page 15 Gerald Dowler talks to The Royal Ballet’s Sarah Lamb, who will be performing at this year’s MOVE IT exhibition on March 13. You will also be able to meet the Dancing Times team at MOVE IT, as once again we shall be sponsoring the event and exhibiting. Come and find us at stand 244!

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15 A Bostonian at the ballet. The Royal Ballet’s Sarah Lamb interviewed by Gerald Dowler

21 Your MOVE IT 2010

23 La Fille mal gardée. By Tamara Karsavina

29 The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards 2009. By Nicola Rayner

31 Doing it the right way: to Birmingham and beyond. David Mead celebrates the 20th anniversary of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s move to the Hippodrome

37 Web wise dance. By Kevin Berry

41 Seeking a balanced approach. Debbie Malina looks at the complex issues of eating-associated problems within the dance community

47 Questioning the classics. By Gerald Dowler

51 Dancing Times 100. By Mary Clarke

53 Going Dutch: Dance and medicine coming together. By Rachel Rist

59 DanceScene International UK: English National Ballet; The Royal Ballet; Breathing Irregular; Natya Vriksha Dance Company; British Dance Edition 2010 OVERSEAS: Hong Kong Dance Company; Hong Kong Ballet; Monaco Dance Forum; Pacific Northwest Ballet; Royal Ballet of Flanders

83 New Releases. A selection of reviews of newly released books and DVDs

89 Obituary. Margaret Dale, Sir John Dankworth, Helen Lewis, Betty Ripley Cavanagh



6 Dancematters. BRB Competition, The Mikhailovsky Ballet in London

11 Letters to the Editor

12 Talking Point. By Susan Crow and Jennifer Jackson

81 Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

87 Miscellany. Elizabeth Anderton

93 Teachers & Training. Prix de Lausanne results, Bournonville seminars

97 Classified

98 Where to Learn

100 Calendar


Into Dance! for younger readers

109 Dancer of the Month – Freddie Opoku-Addaie. Interviewed by Margaret Willis

112 IntoDance. Big Dance 2010

114 Your Page

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