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October 2009

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.

Jonathan Gray

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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

89 Classified

90 Where to Learn

92 Calendar


Into Dance

101 Dancer of the Month – Victoria Sibson. Interviewed by Margaret Willis

104 IntoDance. Fame news and b-girl Lady Jules interviewed

106 Your Page.

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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