Posted on October 31, 2014
Our November 2014 issue is now on sale! This month, we have interviews with Strictly Come Dancing’s Robin Windsor, four-time British Amateur champions Mark and Olga Elsbury and historian Lucy Worsley, who presents the BBC Four series Dancing Cheek to Cheek. We have features on stage magic, dancefloors, earthing for dancers and more, plus regular columns on technique and reports from the ballroom floor. We’re also excited to announce that, from this month, the magazine will be stocked in 80 WHSmith stores. You can also buy your print copy here, or your digital copy from all good app stores.
Back in action
Robin Windsor tells Zoë Anderson about his recent recovery from injury, his heartbreak at missing the current series of Strictly and his struggles as a young dancer…
“Missing Strictly was obviously tough. ‘I’m a very positive person; I always use my anger, stress, I let that out through dance or going to the gym. When you have an injury, you can’t do that. So I found myself getting very snappy, very short-tempered – which is not like me at all! When I found out who my replacement was [Australian ten-dance champion Trent Whiddon], thankfully it was somebody I know and love, so I was really happy it was him, but for a couple of weeks I couldn’t speak to him…’”
Take the lead
Mark and Russian-born Olga Elsbury talk to Alison Gallagher-Hughes about their competitive careers and their new dance studio…
“Initially, Olga knew very little English. ‘“Yes” was the only word she knew,’ recalls Mark. ‘We were doing a lot of practice and I would say, “Should we do a shape this way?” or “Does that work for you?” and I would get the “yes”. About three weeks in, I got a “no” and I thought: here we go…’”
Also in the November issue…
Smoke and mirrors – Jonathan Gray explores the magic of special effects on stage
Lucy Worsley tells Nicola Rayner about the new series Dancing Cheek to Cheek: An Intimate History of Dance, which she presents with Len Goodman
Natalie Lowe tells us about Tim Wonnacott’s recent elimination from Strictly and shares her health and beauty tips
Put a spring in your step Marianka Swain explores the importance – and the health benefits – of a good dancefloor
Being grounded Xavier Navarre explores earthing for dancers
As we launch a new volume of Dance Today, we include an overview of our last year of features, interviews and more
Plus reports from the Forget-Me-Not Masked Ball, the Carl Alan Awards (our contributors triumphed!), the World Amateur Allstars, the UK Saturday Fun Competition, the Imperial Championships 2014 and the Night of 100 Stars, Jack Reavely’s advice from the golden age of ballroom, sequence scripts, variations, news, reviews, our in-depth listings pages and more!