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November 2015

Posted on November 6, 2015

Nov 15 SO

We have been really pleased with the comments so far about the newly-integrated Dancing Times and Dance Today magazines. Perhaps inevitably, there have been a few grumbles, but on the whole the response has been very positive from both readers and advertisers alike. 

Once again, this month’s magazine is packed full of interviews, news and reviews. On page 21, Alison Gallagher-Hughes profiles top UK Latin dancers Ryan McShane and Ksenia Zsikhotska, Nicola Rayner joins in the celebrations for the tenth anniversary of Simply Dancing Partners on page 33, and on page 76 Phil Meacham reports on the 2015 International Championships held last month at Brentford and London’s Royal Albert Hall.

On the ballet front, on page 17 Gerald Dowler talks to seven of the UK’s leading male dancers who have left the country to work abroad, Luke Jennings interviews ballerina Antoinette Sibley about her early training and career with The Royal Ballet on page 37, and in Dance Scene we review performances by Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet and The Royal Ballet.
In addition, Barbara Newman enjoys the stage musical Kinky Boots in Variety Lights on page 41, which has just arrived in the West End from Broadway, and on page 28 Graham Watts meets Hu Wenge, a star of China’s Peking Opera, which will be performing in Liverpool and London later this month. As you can see, there’s a lot to read; we hope you enjoy it!


Dancing Times, November 2015 Volume 106 Issue 1263

Cover stories

17 – The lost boys? Gerald Dowler talks to seven leading British male dancers who have left the UK to work abroad

21 – The invisible man. Alison Gallagher-Hughes profiles Latin dancers Ryan McShane and Ksenia Zsikhotska

53 – Romeo and Juliet. Jonathan Gray reviews new casts in The Royal Ballet’s revival of Kenneth MacMillan’s production 


25 – We are family. Laura Dodge discovers Millennium Performing Arts is a college with a difference

28 – All dressed up, but is there anywhere to go? Graham Watts meets Hu Wenge, a star of the Peking Opera

33 – Simply does it. Nicola Rayner interviews Jenni Kravitz, director of Simply Dancing Partners

37 – Going to the top. Luke Jennings talks to ballerina Antoinette Sibley about her early training and career

Dance Today

76 – The International Championship 2015. Phil Meacham reports on this year’s competition from Brentwood and the Royal Albert Hall

81 – This month in ballroom

82 – Tips on technique by James Whitehead

83 – Technique clinic by Phil Meacham

85 – Products

86 – Simon’s Guide to Swing by Simon Selmon

87 – Stepping Out by Marianka Swain

88 – Notes from the Dancefloor

90 – Somewhere in time by Jack Reavely


7 – News. Fonteyn and Nureyev DVD competition, Strictly goes on tour, Christopher Marney Q&A

12 – Letters

15 – Talking Point by DanceEast’s Brendan Keaney

41 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman reviews Orphée et Eurydice and Kinky Boots

45 – Letter from St Petersburg by Igor Stupnikov

47 – Notes from New York by Jack Anderson

49 – Media. New books, CDs and DVDs

51 – Dance Scene. Reviews include Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Scottish Ballet and Lea Anderson

93 – People. Matthew Bourne, Pamela Moncur and Leon Arnold’s golden wedding anniversary

94 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets Birmingham Royal Ballet first artist Brandon Lawrence

98 – Obituaries. Bode Lawal, Juliet Fisher and other losses

101 – Education. National Youth Ballet

106 – Health. Debbie Malina concludes her guide to dance health

111 – Classified

112 – Calendar

118 – Listings

122 – Last Dance

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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