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May 2016

Posted on June 7, 2016


Editorial and contents May 2016

This latest issue of Dancing Times has two strands running through it: the annual British Open Dance Festival, which will be at Blackpool from May 26 to June 3, and a focus on horror and dance, to mark the premieres of two new works that take classic horror stories as their themes.


Nicola Rayner catches up with Andrea Ghigiarelli and Sara Andracchio, one of the world’s top professional ballroom couples, who will be representing England at Blackpool; and Alison Gallagher-Hughes takes a behind-the-scenes look at the latest CD recording by Ashley Frohlick’s Empress Orchestra, With You in Mind, which will be launched at the Festival. In addition, Sanjoy Roy, a connoisseur of all things ghoulish and gory, as well a dance critic, guides us through the often macabre world of horror as depicted in dance; Marianka Swain meets choreographer Drew McOnie on the eve of his new version of Jekyll and Hyde at The Old Vic; and Paul Arrowsmith meets the designer John Macfarlane, who is creating the sets and costumes for Liam Scarlett’s Frankenstein for The Royal Ballet. We hope you will be suitably enraptured or fearful!


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17 – Dancing for joy. Nicola Rayner meets ballroom dancers Sara Andracchio and Andrea Ghigiarelli

21 – A frisson of the forbidden. Sanjoy Roy takes a look at horror in dance

94 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets English National Ballet’s Cesar Corrales


25 – The master storyteller. Choreographer Drew McOnie explains the value of narrative dance toMarianka Swain

28 – Containing a choreographer’s ideas. John Macfarlane, designer of The Royal Ballet’s new Frankenstein, talks to Paul Arrowsmith. Photographs by Andrej Uspenski

33 – Cannes can. Christina Gallea Roy pays a visit to the Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes de Rosella Hightower

37 – Karole Armitage comes to London. Iris Fanger meets a choreographer presenting works in London and Boston this month

40 – Preserving the legacy. Gerald Dowler concludes his series by talking to the répétiteurs and coaches Christopher Carr, Bronwen Curry and Jane Bourne

Dance Today

76 – Stepping up. Alison Gallagher-Hughes talks to three Latin American couples who have made the move from amateur to pro

82 – The race is on. Alison Gallagher-Hughes goes behind the scenes at the recording of the new Empress Orchestra album

84 – Tips on technique by James Whitehead

85 – Technique clinic by Phil Meacham

86 – Simon’s Guide to Swing by Simon Selmon

87 – Stepping Out by Marianka Swain

88 – Notes from the dance floor

90 – Somewhere in time by Jack Reavely


6 – News. Royal Ballet plans for 2016–17

13 – Letters

15 – Talking Point by Bill Harpe

45 – Letter from St Petersburg by Igor Stupnikov

47 – Notes from New York by Jack Anderson

49 – Media

51 – Dance Scene. Reviews this month include Ballet Black, BalletLORENT, Richard Alston Dance Company, National Youth Dance, English National Ballet

93 – People. Mary Clarke, Luke Schaufuss

98 – Obituaries. Peter Fairweather, Andy Fox, Jill Tookey, Brenda Naylor

101 – Products

102 – Education. Ballet Central, BDF videos

106 – Health. Debbie Malina explores the ways people with disabilities can enjoy dance

111 – Classified

112 – Calendar

118 – Listings

122 – 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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