Posted on September 7, 2009
Welcome to the 100th volume of Dancing Times! As you have probably already noticed, we have taken the opportunity to refresh and redesign the magazine cover with this issue, and also the popular Teachers and Training pages.
We hope you like the results. This month, we mark the 40th anniversary of the ever-enterprising Northern Ballet Theatre with several features. On page 12, David Nixon, artistic director of Northern Ballet Theatre, provides us with a heart-felt Talking Point column; Kevin Berry looks back over the company’s past and into its future in newly built premises in Leeds on page 28; and in the Into Dance! pages, Northern Ballet Theatre soloist Victoria Sibson is our Dancer of the Month. Birmingham Royal Ballet principal dancer Chi Cao, star of the movie Mao’s Last Dancer, talks about his career and his work on the film with Gerald Dowler on page 14; and on page 33, Nadine Meisner pays a visit to Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. In October 2010, the magazine reaches its 100th birthday, and we have many plans and ideas on how best to celebrate this momentous event. In the meantime, you can rely on Dancing Times to maintain its extensive coverage of news, dance health and education issues, reviews and topical features.
14 Beijing to Birmingham Ballet to Boxing. Gerald Dowler talks to BRB’s Chi Cao
21 A LEVEL STUDY AID Revelations. Part One. By Dr Lorna Sanders
28 40 years of Northern Ballet Theatre. By Kevin Berry
33 Bolshoi Ballet Academy. By Nadine Meisner
37 Break a leg? Tracey McCreath provides an easy guide to the health and safety minefield
39 Celebrating 90 years and many dancing lives. Emily Hite interviews former Ballet Russe and New York City Ballet principal dancer Yvonne Mounsey
43 Cecchetti and the Ballets Russes. By Richard Glasstone
47 Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev. Part 12 researched by Sarah Woodcock
53 DanceScene International UK: The Maryinsky Ballet, Gelabert Azzopardi Companyia de Dansa, The Royal Ballet of Flanders, Michael Clark Company, Motionhouse, Scottish Ballet, Rosas OVERSEAS: The Australian Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Hong Kong Dance Company, City Contemporary Dance Company
75 New Releases. Clement Crisp reviews Ballet’s Magic Kingdom
78 Obituary. Alan Carter, Dawn Tudor, Janet Westerberg, André Prokovsky and David Ashmole
6 Dancematters. ENB, Balletboyz, Dance Umbrella
10 Letters to the Editor
12 Talking Point. By David Nixon
73 Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov
77 Miscellany. Kenneth MacMillan
83 Teachers & Training. Tring Cups, All England Dance, Millennium, Hammond School, Performers College
90 Where to Learn
101 Dancer of the Month – Victoria Sibson. Interviewed by Margaret Willis
104 IntoDance. Fame news and b-girl Lady Jules interviewed
106 Your Page.