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October 2016

Posted on November 2, 2016

010 DT October 2016

Welcome to the start of a new volume of Dancing Times – our 107th – which is the first to come to you from our office in Battersea Square. Everything at our former premises in Clerkenwell Green was packed and moved across London shortly after we sent the last issue to the printers at the end of August, which also happened to be during one of the hottest weeks of the summer. The staff are all now happily settled south of the River Thames, and I would like to say thank you to all the readers who sent us cards and good wishes – it was very much appreciated by everyone here. There is a distinct Russian feel to this issue of the magazine. Margaret Willis and Igor Stupnikov interview some up-and-coming dancers from both the Bolshoi and Mikhailovsky Ballets, and Margaret also managed to talk to Vladimir Urin, the formidable director of the Bolshoi Theatre, whilst he was in London in August during the Bolshoi Ballet’s season at Covent Garden. In addition, we take a look at Burn The Floor, the ballroom and Latin show that comes to the West End this month, and introduce the 2016 Dance Today Teacher of the Year competition.


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Cover Stories

18 – Perfectly poised. Rambert at 90, by Paul Arrowsmith

24 – Playing with fire. Nicola Rayner investigates the history and redevelopment of Burn The Floor

35 – Lights, camera, action! Marianka Swain examines the rise of dance on screen

40 – From page to stage. Gerald Dowler discovers how two very different ballets by Kenneth MacMillan, Anastasia and Sea of Troubles, are being revived


29 – Mr “Big”. Vladimir Urin, general director of the Bolshoi Theatre, interviewed by Margaret Willis

Dance Today

74 – Dance Today Teacher of the Year. Zoë Anderson introduces a competition for teachers of social dancing

77 – Strictly speaking. Marianka Swain assesses the couples in the new season of Strictly Come Dancing

80 – Tips on technique by James Whitehead

81 – Technique clinic by Phil Meacham

82 – Simon’s Guide to Swing by Simon Selmon

83 – Stepping Out by Marianka Swain

84 – Notes from the dance floor. Vikki Jane Vile reviews Keep Dancing, plus Harry Ferris on musicality

86 – Somewhere in time by Jack Reavely


6 – News. Win tickets to see The Last Tango, Northern Ballet announces three premieres

12 – Letters

17 – Talking Point by Gerald Dowler

44 – Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov meets the Mikhailovsky Ballet’s Anastasia Soboleva and Viktor Lebedev

47 – Notes from New York. Jack Anderson enjoys Sarasota Ballet in a season of works by Frederick Ashton at the Joyce Theater

49 – Media

51 – Dance Scene. Reviews this month include the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals, Shanghai Ballet, Dane Hurst and Company at Dulwich Picture Gallery, American Ballet Theatre at the Paris Opéra and Stuttgart Ballet

89 – People. Diana Vishneva, Kenneth Tharp

90 – Dancers of the Month. Margaret Willis talks to the Bolshoi Ballet’s Margarita Shrainer and Ana Turazashvili

95 – Dancing Times Volume 106, October 2015 to September 2016

97 – Products

99 – Education. Hammond School, Northern Ballet School, Elmhurst School for Dance

105 – Health. Debbie Malina looks at how Body Stress Release can be of use to the dance community

109 – Classified

111 – Calendar. Our guide to what’s on in the UK and internationally

118 – Listings. Where to learn to dance

122 – Last Dance. We look back to October 1976

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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