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May 2017

Posted on June 30, 2017

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In this issue of Dancing Times, I am delighted to announce that we are launching a new column to stand alongside our regulars, Jack Anderson in New York and Igor Stupnikov in St Petersburg. In FRANCE/dance, each month Laura Cappelle will be primarily focusing on Paris, but also reporting on performances and dance events from elsewhere in France. In her first instalment, Laura concentrates on the appearance of the Paris Opéra Ballet School at the Palais Garnier, alongside a number of other well-known vocational schools, including our own Royal Ballet School.

The month of May also means the Blackpool Dance Festival in the annual dance calendar, and in this issue we meet Latin dancer Maurizio Vescovo, find out what it is like to be a “dance extra” in Away, a new feature film set in Blackpool, and discover more about pioneering medal tests in Salsa. In addition, we review dance performances taking place in the UK and across the globe, including the openings of the dance-packed West End musicals An American in Paris and 42nd Street. There’s a lot to read; we hope you enjoy it.

Dancing Times, May 2017 Volume 107 Issue 1281

Cover Stories

18 – Italian fish and chips. Nicola Rayner meets former Professional Latin dancer Maurizio Vescovo

40 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman reviews An American in Paris, 42nd Street and The Life

44 – Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov interviews the Maryinsky Ballet’s Yuri Fateyev

76 – Lights, camera, dancing. Alison Gallagher-Hughes describes her time as an extra in the movie Away


22 – A stage magician. Designer Bob Crowley interviewed by Paul Arrowsmith

27 – Tutu! Elaine Mayson talks to Mthuthulezi November about Fiona Sargeant, his ballet teacher in South Africa

30 – Scènes de ballet. Daniel Pratt on performing Frederick Ashton’s ballet

32 – On Parade. Jane Pritchard highlights an avant garde ballet

37 – The memoirs of Nadia Nerina. Nadia Nerina recounts her visit to the Soviet Union

Dance Today

81 – Bringing home the bling. Lee Knights on pioneering medals tests in salsa

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. By Vikki Jane Vile

90 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


6 – News. The Royal Ballet’s new season, Studio Wayne McGregor

12 – Letters

17 – Talking Point. By Christopher Nourse

42 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

47 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

49 – Media. Barbara Newman reviews new Pina Bausch books and DVDs

51 – Dance Scene. Reviews include English National Ballet, New Adventures, National Ballet of Canada, Sarasota Ballet

93 – People. Anne Walker, Peter Schaufuss

94 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets Northern Ballet’s Filippo di Vilio

98 – Obituaries. Trisha Brown, Robert Harrold, Rona Hart

101 – Products

105 – Education. Phyllis Bedells Bursary, Tring Park School, Science in Dance, Central School of Ballet

108 – Health. Debbie Malina looks at the Keep Fit Association

111 – Classified

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

118 – Listings. Where to learn to dance

122 – Last Dance. We look back to May 1977

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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