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May 2021

Posted on May 26, 2021

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Editorial and contents May 2021

May 17 is set to be a red letter day for the performing arts here in the UK – the date when (if COVID-19 infections continue to fall) theatres can at last reopen safely. As we go to press with this latest issue of Dancing Times, the signs seem to be good, and, speaking personally, I can’t wait to be watching live dance again. Let’s hope everything continues to go to plan. In the meantime, if you want to find out what performances are planned by companies and theatres over the coming months, turn to our Calendar section, which has now been extended to four pages, no less!

Things seems to be less clear-cut away from the UK, with further cancellations of live performances happening in Europe, and North and South America, and this month we discover how companies in France, Germany and Italy have been coping with continued lockdowns. We hear, too, how lockdown has affected some of the dancers here in the UK, including Adam Cooper from the world of theatre dance, and members of the ballroom and Latin competitive world. We also continue with Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp’s exploration of diversity in dance, this month focusing on classical ballet.


Dancing Times, May 2021 Volume 111 Issue 1329

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19 – A pandemic year in the life. By Adam Cooper

22 – Ballet for all? Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp discusses diversifying classical ballet with the UK’s leading company directors

28 – Making the most of it. Nicola Rayner hears from ballroom and Latin dancers during lockdown


32 – Lifetime lessons. Teacher Richard Glasstone talks to Paul Arrowsmith

37 – Space for dialogue. Laura Cappelle interviews Julie Guibert, the new director of the Lyon Opéra Ballet

41 – Creating a ballet during the pandemic. Jeannette Andersen goes behind-the-scenes at the Bavarian State Ballet’s The Blizzard

Dance Today

54 – Dance doyenne. Alison Gallagher-Hughes interviews ballroom legend Lynette Boyce

56 – Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

57 – Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

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

59 – Stepping Out. By Pete Meager

60 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


8 – News. UK companies announce future performances

14 – Letters

17 – Talking Point. By Michael Corder

44 – Danza in Italia. By Graham Spicer

46 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

48 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

50 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

63 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Aaron Chaplin

67 – Obituaries. Sheila Buckley, Mollie Davies

68 – Media. New dance books

71 – Products

73 – Education. Trinity Laban

74 – Health. Debbie Malina looks at analgesics

77 – Classifieds

78 – Calendar

82 – Last Dance. We look back to May 1981


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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