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May 2018

Posted on May 29, 2018

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Editorial and contents May 2018

We seem to be travelling the world in the May issue of Dancing Times. Not only do we journey to Blackpool in advance of the Blackpool Dance Festival at the end of the month, as well as hear from the British Amateur Latin dancers Lloyd Perry and Rebecca Scott, we find out about Johannes Öhman’s plans for Staatsballett Berlin. In addition, we discover more about ballet and contemporary dance in Chile, and, through our regular columns, learn more about what has been happening in France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Norway, Russia and the US. Closer to home, we mark the tenth anniversary of Ballet Theatre UK, the small-scale company that tours classical ballet to countless UK regional theatres, talk to choreographer Kim Brandstrup about his new full-length work for Rambert, and publish Matthew Bourne’s heart-felt tribute to his friend and colleague, Scott Ambler, who sadly died in March. Lastly, we mark the passing of the extraordinary Ivor Guest, a dance historian like no other who had a long association with Dancing Times as editorial advisor and trustee dating back to 1963.


Dancing Times, May 2018 Volume 108 Issue 1293

Cover Stories

17 – A decade of growth. David Mead on ten years of Ballet Theatre UK

29 – Life is a dream. Zoë Anderson talks to choreographer Kim Brandstrup

41 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman sees Hamilton

75 – Backstage at Blackpool. Behind the scenes at ballroom’s best-loved festival with James Whitehead


20 – Going the distance. Nicola Rayner meets British Amateur Latin dancers Lloyd Perry and Rebecca Scott

24 – All change? Margaret Willis interviews Staatsballett Berlin’s Johannes Öhman

32 – A Prince among men. Matthew Bourne pays tribute to Scott Ambler

35 – Far away. Fátima Nollén introduces Chile’s Ballet de Santiago and the Ballet Nacional Chileno

38 – Dancing department. Jenny Veldhuis highlights the dance course of the Royal Conservatoire of Music in The Hague

Dance Today

82 – Dancers and cancer. Lee Knights explains how her dance community supported her through cancer treatment

86 – Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

87 – Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

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

89 – Stepping Out. By Marianka Swain

90 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


6 – News. Marianela Nuñez DVD box-set competition, Cunningham 100, NATD

12 – Letters

15 – Talking Point. By Jonzi D

43 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

45 – Danza in Italia. By Graham Spicer

47 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

49 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

51 – Media

53 – Dance Scene. Reviews include The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, National Youth Dance Company, Dutch National Ballet, The Washington Ballet

93 – People. Brandon Lawrence and Katya Jones at MOVE IT

94 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets Alex Harrison of Cats

98 – Obituaries. Ivor Guest

101 – Products

105 – Education. Ballet Central, K S Dance, Change of name for CDET, Phyllis Bedells Bursary

108 – Health. Debbie Malina looks at the work of Performing Medicine, a project using arts and performance-based techniques in helping equip frontline healthcare professionals

111 – Classified

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

118 – Listings. Where to learn to dance

122 – Last Dance. We look back to May 1978

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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