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March 2018

Posted on March 28, 2018

We have put together a bumper issue of Dancing Times for you this month, which, running at 148 pages, embraces a huge variety of dance styles. Some of you will also be reading Dancing Times for the first time at MOVE IT, the annual dance event for which the magazine has been a media sponsor since its inception back in 2006; we hope you enjoy what you see. At the recent Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, the ensemble of the stage musical 42nd Street, currently wowing audiences at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, won the Award for Outstanding Company. It was received by its star, Clare Halse, and in an interview we find out about her career in dance. In addition, we feature the musical Strictly Ballroom, which is about to open in London’s West End. Also in this issue, choreographer Richard Alston celebrates 50 years of dance-making, Avatâra Ayuso reports from the Women in Dance Leadership Conference held in New York, and Nicola Rayner gives her impressions of the UK Open Dance Championships. You can also tell us what you think by completing the Readers’ Survey inserted into every issue of the magazine, or by completing in online. We look forward to hearing from you.

JONATHAN GRAY


Dancing Times, March 2018 Volume 108 Issue 1291

Cover Stories

17 – Feet firmly on the ground. Gerald Dowler highlights Clare Halse and Charlie Stemp, two UK tappers dancing up a storm

27 – Ice and fire. Nicola Rayner talks to Latin dancers Gunnar Gunnarsson and Marika Doshoris, British National Professional Latin champions

35 – Leading the way. Avatâra Ayuso attends the Women in Dance Leadership Conference in New York

47 – Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. Zoë Anderson reveals this year’s winners


Features

12 – Dancing Times readers’ survey. Take part in our readers’ survey and win fantastic prizes

21 – MOVE IT 2018

23 – Dancing to music. Richard Alston on 50 years as a choreographer

31 – Creating a buzz. Natasha Rogai meets Septime Webre, artistic director of Hong Kong Ballet

41 – Dancing nation. Fátima Nollén continues her look at the dance scene in Argentina


Dance Today

90 – Open doors. Nicola Rayner reports from the 2018 UK Open Dance Championships

97 – Time After Time. Marianka Swain discovers the new stage musical Strictly Ballroom

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 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


Regulars

6 – News. New season at Sadler’s Wells

14 – Talking Point. By Gail Monahan

51 – Variety Lights. By Barbara Newman

53 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

55 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

57 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

59 – Media

61 – Dance Scene. Reviews include The Royal Ballet, Lost Dog

107 – People. Bronislava Nijinska

108 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets Ihsaan de Banya of Richard Alston Dance Company

113 – Obituaries. Peter Brownlee, Geraldine Stephenson, Elisabetta Terabust

117 – Products

121 – Education. Prix de Lausanne results

125 – Building bridges. Debbie Malina looks at organisations promoting the long-term health and social benefits of the arts

131 – Classified

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

142 – Listings. Where to learn to dance

146 – Last Dance. We look back to March 1978

Simon Oliver has been production editor of Dancing Times since 2010 and is 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 even poker.

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