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November 2016

Posted on November 30, 2016

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This issue of Dancing Times sees the first in a series of extracts taken from the unpublished memoirs of the ballerina Nadia Nerina, beginning with her description of the creation of Frederick Ashton’s masterpiece, La Fille mal gardée, for which she was the first-cast Lise, and which has recently been revived by The Royal Ballet at the start of its 2016–17 season. Written before her death in 2008, and reproduced by kind permission of her estate, Nerina’s memoirs describe her early life in South Africa and her wonderful career during the 1950s and 1960s. In future issues we hope to publish her recollections of appearing with the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets in the Soviet Union in 1960, as well as her celebrated performances with The Royal Ballet.

Also this month, we take a look at the thorny issue of the copyright of dance works, meet two new Strictly Come Dancing professionals, Neil and Katya Jones, highlight a fascinating new exhibition at Stockholm’s Dansmuseet on black dance in Paris in the 1920s, talk to our Dancer of the Month, The Royal Ballet’s Reece Clarke, and record some of the wonderful moments in One Dance UK’s Together for Dance fundraising gala.


29 – Young at Heart. Marianka Swain finds family audiences are becoming a priority for dance

37 – Ownership of dance works. Francis Yeoh on the copyright of choreography

42 – Black and white. A new exhibition opening at Stockholm’s Dansmuseet

Dance Today

74 – A Family Affair. Lee Knights on the related styles and rhythms of salsa

78 – Men in black. Alison Gallagher-Hughes looks at the role of the stewards at Blackpool Dance Festival

80 – Tips on technique by James Whitehead

81 – Technique clinic by Phil Meacham

82 – Simon’s Guide to Swing by Simon Selmon

83 – Stepping Out by Marianka Swain

84 – Notes from the dance floor. World Amateur Allstars by Nicola Rayner, and Lee Knights on Salsa Amor Cymru

86 – Somewhere in time by Jack Reavely


6 – News. Win tickets to see English National Ballet’s Giselle at the London Coliseum, Sadler’s Wells announces its spring and summer 2017 season, Rodin and dance exhibition

12 – Letters

17 – Talking Point by Graham Spicer

44 – Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov interviews The Mikhailovsky Ballet’s Mikhail Messerer

47 – Notes from New York. Jack Anderson attends New York City Ballet’s Fall Fashion Gala

49 – Media. Jonathan Gray reviews The Beauty of Her Age

51 – Dance Scene. Reviews this month include The Royal Ballet’s La Fille mal gardée, Rosie Kay Dance Company, The Last Tango, 2Faced Dance, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet and Hong Kong Ballet

89 – People. Jay Jolley wins gold medal, Carlos Acosta, Mauro Bigonzetti

90 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis talks to The Royal Ballet’s Reece Clarke

95 – Products

97 – Education. National Youth Ballet, CDET, Ballet Central, NADT in Blackpool, change of name for Elmhurst, The Royal Ballet School

105 – Health. Debbie Malina talks to two physiotherapists about pushing through pain

109 – Classified

111 – Calendar. Our guide to what’s on in the UK and internationally

118 – Listings. Where to learn to dance

122 – Last Dance. We look back to November 1976

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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