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November 2018

Posted on November 28, 2018

11 DT November 2018

Editorial and contents November 2018

We tackle a difficult subject in this month’s health column, written by Debbie Malina, which focuses on informing readers about some of the main organisations and services offering help, support and information for anyone experiencing problems with their mental health. It is shocking to discover that suicide is the leading cause of death among young people in the UK. This became particularly apparent to me personally following the loss of a family member last year, and the guidance the article offers seems relevant to dancers of all types, some of whom struggle with growing levels of stress, anxiety and lack of self esteem.

On a happier note, also in this issue Nicola Rayner meets the UK’s top level Para Dance Sport couple, Paula Moulton and Gary Lyness, also known as Strictly Wheels; Margaret Willis talks to our Dancer of the Month, English National Ballet’s Daniel McCormick; Daniel Pratt writes about the inspiration of World Ballet Day; and Fátima Nollén explores the role of classical ballet in Mexico.

In addition, we offer no fewer than 21 pages of dance reviews from the UK and all around the world, and highlight the upcoming tours by some of the professional dancers appearing on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.


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Cover Stories

6 – News. Richard Alston Dance Company to close in 2020

32 – From ballroom to brogues. Anna Mackey discovers how a school in Dublin went from ballroom and ballet to Irish dancing

98 – When can I go on pointe? By Rachel Rist


16 – Going underground. Graham Watts discovers dance in unexpected places

20 – Strictly Wheels. Nicola Rayner hears from the UK’s top level Para Dance Sport couple, Paula Moulton and Gary Lyness

24 – Continuing a journey. Fátima Nollén explores the role of classical ballet in Mexico

29 – Creativity and individuality. Laura Dodge visits the Bodywork Company

Dance Today

72 – On the road. Vikki Jane Vile highlights forthcoming tours by Strictly Come Dancing professionals

76 – Swing into style. Zoë Anderson on vintage fashion for dancers

78 – Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

79 – Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

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

81 – Stepping Out. By Marianka Swain

82 – Notes from the Dance Floor

83 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


12 – Letters

15 – Talking Point. By Daniel Pratt

35 – Dance Scene. Reviews this month include The Trocks, New English Ballet Theatre, Hong Kong Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet

61 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

63 – Danza in Italia. By Graham Spicer

65 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

67 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

69 – Variety Lights. By Barbara Newman

87 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets English National Ballet’s Daniel McCormick

91 – People. Gary Avis, Dane Hurst, Yolanda Sonnabend

92 – Obituaries. Arthur Mitchell, Beryl Morina

95 – Media

97 – Products

101 – Education. The Hammond School

107 – Challenging the stigma. Debbie Malina provides a guide to organisations and services offering help for people experiencing mental health difficulties

111 – Classifieds

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

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

122 – Last Dance. We look back to what was reported in Dancing Times in November 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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