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October 2017

Posted on October 25, 2017

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There is a strong focus on women in dance in this new issue of Dancing Times, highlighting the diverse roles women play within the artform. The Royal Ballet’s Nathalie Harrison gives a personal reflection on what it is like returning to dance professionally on stage after becoming a mother; Marianka Swain talks to women making names for themselves and fighting for female recognition within hip hop dance; Zoë Anderson discovers the idiosyncratic career path superstar flamenco dancer Rocío Molina has made for herself; and Marianka Swain also meets Shirley Ballas, the highly-regarded Latin dancer who has just become head judge in place of Len Goodman on the new series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Also in this month’s magazine, we begin a three-part series by Gerald Dowler that looks at the impact the Russian Revolution made on the art of classical ballet; I interview Frank Andersen about the new production of August Bournonville’s La Sylphide he is staging for English National Ballet; and Barbara Newman gives her verdict on the National Theatre’s new production of Stephen Sondheim’s important stage musical, Follies.


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21 – Beauty of Cork. Cork City Ballet celebrates its 25th anniversary

23 – Three’s a charm. Nicola Rayner hears from three new Strictly professionals

27 – The future is female. Marianka Swain investigates women in hip hop

35 – Getting back. The Royal Ballet’s Nathalie Harrison on returning to the stage after maternity leave

Dance Today

78 – The blame game. Dance psychologist Dr Peter Lovatt tells Nicola Rayner how social dance can become antisocial

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

86 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


6 – News. English National Ballet, London Film Festival

12 – Letters

15 – Talking Point. By Neil Norman

43 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman sees new productions of Salad Days and Follies

47 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

49 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

53 – Media. New books and DVDs

55 – Dance Scene. Reviews include the Edinburgh International Festival, Hofesh Shechter, The Royal Ballet in Hull

89 – People. Robert Fairchild to leave New York City Ballet, Daniil Simkin

90 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets Richard Alston Dance Company’s Elly Braund

94 – Obituaries. Janine Charrat, Bruce Forsyth

97 – Dancing Times, Volume 107

99 – Products

101 – Education. Bird College, English National Ballet School, Genée Finals 2017

105 – Health. Debbie Malina outlines some of the injuries most commonly experienced by dancers

109 – Classified

110 – Calendar

118 – Listings. Where to learn to dance in the UK

122 – Last Dance. We look back to October 1977

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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