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March 2012

Posted on April 2, 2012


This month, we take a look at some of the most popular current trends in dance. Zoë Anderson talks to street dance star Tommy Franzén on page 14, who caused a sensation in ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop last year, and who has also been appearing recently in Russell Maliphant’s The Rodin Project in Paris and London. Debbie Malina takes a look at how best to protect yourself from injury whilst performing street dance and hip hop on page 29, whilst on page 21 musical theatre star Bonnie Langford offers some top tips to aspiring dancers.

Graham Watts looks at how dance is all a-twitter on the Internet on page 23, and on page 26 we reveal the winners of the 2011 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. In a packed issue, Laura Dodge also takes a look at the life of the corps de ballet and ensemble dancer on page 41, and on page 35 Gerald Dowler talks to Lesley Collier, a beloved ballerina of The Royal Ballet, about her new career as a répétiteur with the company. With dance tastes so broad, we think there is something for everyone to enjoy here!


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14 Keeping his feet off the ground. Street dance star Tommy Franzén talks to Zoë Anderson about
resisting pigeonholes 

21 Inspire your choreographer! Bonnie Langford offers her top tips 

23 All a-twitter about something… or nothing? Graham Watts looks at dance on the Internet

26 National Dance Awards. Zoë Anderson reveals the 2011 winners

35 Picking up the thread. Lesley Collier talks to Gerald Dowler about her role in passing on The Royal Ballet’s precious legacy

41 In the background. Laura Dodge investigates the life of the corps de ballet and ensemble dancer

47 Rediscovering a superstar. Gerald Dowler considers the life and career of Serge Lifar

53 The right amount of dancing. Opera-ballets explored by Paul Arrowsmith



6 Dance Matters. Sergei Polunin, La Bayadère and Paquita CD competition, English National Ballet

11 Letters

12 Talking Point. Sanjivan Kohli of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance on India’s changing cultural scene

29 Dance Health. Debbie Malina looks at injuries that can be caused when performing street dance

59 Dance Scene. Reviews this month include : National Dance Company Wales, Men in Motion, Midnight Tango, Flamenco Festival London, and New York City Ballet

81 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov on Osipova and Vasiliev 

83 Dance Media. New books reviewed by Stephanie Jordan and Rachel Rist

87 Dance People. Alban Lendorf, Monica Mason, Vadim Muntagirov

89 Obituaries. Rudi van Dantzig, Maureen Swanson

91 Dance Education. Prix de Lausanne, Bristol Russian Ballet

95 Classifieds

96 Where to Learn

98 Calendar

Into Dance


109 Dancer of the Month. Scottish Ballet’s Daniel Davidson interviewed by Margaret Willis

112 London Children’s Ballet. Vikki Jane Vile takes a behind the scenes look at A Little Princess

114 Your Page

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