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March 2017

Posted on March 29, 2017

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Welcome to the biggest-ever issue of Dancing Times, which we shall also be giving away free to visitors attending the 2017 edition of MOVE IT, the dance exhibition that has become a mainstay in the UK’s dance calendar. It’s been quite a feat bringing 148 pages to you for March, but everyone at Dancing Times hopes you will enjoy the results. This month, we encompass a huge variety of dance styles. These range from a behind the scenes look at Dancer, the new documentary film on Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, to finding out about the cast and creatives working on the West End revival of 42nd Street. We also report back from the 2017 UK Open Dance Championship at Bournemouth, and reveal the winners of the 2016 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. In other news, I am delighted to announce that finance manager Beverley King has become the new finance director of Dancing Times Ltd. We offer her many congratulations on her promotion. Finally, from next month the cover price of the magazine will increase to £3.95 – the first rise since October 2013. However, Dancing Times will continue to offer you all the very best from the world of dance. And don’t forget – our subscription rates remain the same, so why not take advantage of one of our excellent offers?

Dancing Times, March 2017 Volume 107 Issue 1279

Cover Stories

17 – Dancer: the outtakes. Julie Kavanagh goes behind the scenes on a documentary film recording the life of Sergei Polunin

23 – Dancing feet. Sharon Wagner on the return of 42nd Street

28 – Northern star. Nicola Rayner interviews Joanne Clifton, the Strictly professional starring in the UK tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie

45 – National Dance Awards 2016. Zoë Anderson reveals the winners


21 – MOVE IT 2017

33 – Saying goodbye. David Mead meets DanceXchange’s David Massingham

37 – Pointe-ing in a new direction. Laura Dodge finds out how Centre Pointe is training
dancers of the future

41 – The memoirs
of Nadia Nerina. Nadia Nerina recalls the start of her professional career in 1946

49 – Occasionally brilliant. Gerald Dowler looks at the role of the dance critic

Dance Today

92 – Seaside splendour. Nicola Rayner reports from the 2017 UK Open Dance Championships

100 – Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

101 – Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

102 – Simon’s Guide to Swing. By Simon Selmon

103 – Stepping Out. By Marianka Swain

104 – Notes from the Dance Floor. Vikki Jane Vile reviews Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag in Swing Time

106 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


6 – News. Prix de Lausanne results

12 – Letters

14 – Talking Point. By Jonathan Gray

53 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman sees Rigoletto, Beware of Pity
and Richard III

55 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

57 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

59 – Media. Jonathan Gray reviews Dancer

61 – Dance Scene. Reviews include English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet

109 – People. Zenaida Yanowsky to retire from The Royal Ballet

110 – Dancer
of the Month. Margaret Willis meets Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Lewis Turner

115 – Obituaries. Vicki Karras

117 – Products

121 – Education. Dance School of the Year, English National Ballet School, Ballet Central

125 – Health. Debbie Malina on the benefits of dance for people living with multiple sclerosis

131 – Classified

133 – Calendar. Our guide to what’s on in the UK and internationally

142 – Listings. Where to learn to dance

146 – Last Dance


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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