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May 2022

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Editorial and contents May 2022

As the horrifying events of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continue, in this month’s issue of Dancing Times we discover how the world of dance has been reacting to the war with two articles covering both ballet and ballroom. Matthew Paluch and Nicola Rayner hear from dancers who have been directly affected by the situation, and we also find out ways in which we might be able to help. 

Elsewhere in the magazine, we talk to former Royal Ballet principal Federico Bonelli, who has just become the new director of Northern Ballet; celebrate the 25th anniversary of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Dance Track programme that has introduced thousands of young children to dance; and interview Argentinian tango dancer and director German Cornejo on the eve of the London premiere of his new show, Wild Tango, at the Peacock Theatre. 

Finally, I would like to pass on to our readers the news of the death of ballroom photographer Ron Self, whose pictures graced the pages of this magazine for many, many years. We send our sincere condolences to his wife, Sheila – we shall pay tribute to Ron in next month’s issue of Dancing Times.


Dancing Times, May 2022 Volume 112 Issue 1341

Cover Stories

16 – Freedom of speech versus the demand to speak. Matthew Paluch looks at ballet’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

20 – A tragedy on so many levels. Nicola Rayner hears from Ukrainian ballroom dancers and looks at ways in which we can support them

23 – A new chapter opens. Gerald Dowler interviews Royal Ballet principal Federico Bonelli about his appointment as director of Northern Ballet

27 – Dance reflections. Sanjoy Roy gives an impression of the first Dance Reflections festival

39 – Dance Scene International. Reviews include English National Ballet, Motionhouse and Dutch National Ballet


31 – Seven never-to-be-forgotten seconds. Howard Ibach reveals an improvised incident in Stanley Holden’s performance of Widow Simone in La Fille mal gardée

34 – Hungarian rhapsody. Teresa Guerreiro previews the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

36 – On track. Roz Laws celebrates the 25th anniversary of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Dance Track programme

Dance Today

62 – It’s raining men. Marianka Swain talks to German Cornejo about his new show, Wild Tango

64 – Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

65 – Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

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

67 – Stepping Out. By Pete Meager

68 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


6 – News. New season plans from The Royal Ballet and the Paris Opéra Ballet

13 – Letters

15 – Talking Point. By Paul Arrowsmith

56 – Variety Lights. By Barbara Newman

57 – Danza in Italia. By Graham Spicer

58 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

59 – Notes from New York. By Leigh Witchel

71 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis interviews The Royal Ballet’s Calvin Richardson 

75 – People. John Neumeier celebration

77 – Obituaries. Yuriko Kikuchi, Margaret McGowan, Menaka Thakkar, Valerie West

81 – Products

82 – Education. English National Ballet School, BTUK2

84 – Health. Debbie Malina concludes her article on first aid treatments 

87 – Classifieds

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

94 – Listings. Where to learn to dance in the UK

98 – Last Dance. We look back to what was published in Dancing Times in May 1982

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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