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October 2018

Posted on October 25, 2018

10 DT October 2018

With the start of a new volume of Dancing Times – our 109th – we have taken the opportunity to rearrange the placement of some of our regular features. So, for example, you will now find that Laura Cappelle’s FRANCE/dance, Igor Stupnikov’s Letter from St Petersburg and Jack Anderson’s Notes from New York come after Dance Scene instead of before. Don’t worry, each of our regular columns and sections are still here, but they might be in a different place – check the Contents page to see where. This issue looks to the future as well as the past, with articles exploring the new Disney film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, a new event in the ballroom calendar, Battle of the Ballroom, which is making its debut at the Ipswich Dance Festival, and a tribute to the choreographer Paul Taylor, who sadly died at the end of August. We also bid farewell this month to Kim Thompson, our subscriptions and office manager, who is leaving the company after 17 years of service to take up a new position with a property services company. Subscriptions will now be managed by Warners Group Publications, who can be contacted by email at or by telephone on 01778 392039. We offer Kim our very best wishes for the future, and with the knowledge she will be greatly missed by all at Dancing Times.


Dancing Times, October 2018 Volume 109 Issue 1298

Cover Stories

16 – Disney’s Nutcracker. Mindy Aloff introduces The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

20 – Paul Taylor. Jonathan Gray pays tribute to the great choreographer

48 – Dance in Edinburgh. Reviewed by Kathy Elgin and David Mead

72 – Preparing for battle. Nicola Rayner learns about Battle of the Ballroom


23 – Rhythm and colour. Jann Parry highlights three almost forgotten dancers

26 – Latin America in the UK. Fátima Nollén concludes a roundtable discussion with a group of five Latin-American dancers

30 – New kids on the block. Nicola Rayner hears from Strictly Come Dancing’s Luba Mushtuk and Johannes Radebe

34 – Caudillo reformador. Paul Arrowsmith investigates Norman Morrice

39 – Thirty years of cherishing students. Laura Dodge visits Performers College

42 – Completing a circle. Jonathan Gray talks to former Royal Ballet soloist
Anita Young about her career as dancer and teacher

Dance Today

76 – Strong dancers, strong bones. By Lee Knights

78 – Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

79 – Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

80 – Simon’s Guide to Swing. By Simon Selmon

81 – Stepping Out. By Marianka Swain

82 – Notes from the Dance Floor. By Alison Gallagher-Hughes

84 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


6 – News. New Linbury season, Para Dance UK National Championships, World Ballet Day

12 – Letters

15 – Talking Point. By Melissa Hamilton

47 – Dance Scene. St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, Natalia Osipova, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

63 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

65 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

67 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

69 – Variety Lights. By Barbara Newman

87 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets The Royal Ballet’s Gina Storm-Jensen

91 – People. Rudolf Nureyev

92 – Obituaries. Michael Boulton, Lindsay Kemp, Diana Vere

95 – Dancing Times, Volume 108

97 – Media

99 – Products

100 – A growth mindset to teaching Dance. By Rachel Rist

103 – Education. RAD Genée Competition

107 – NIDMS continues to grow. By Debbie Malina

111 – Classifieds

112 – Calendar. Our guide to what’s on

118 – Listings

122 – Last Dance. We look back to October 1978

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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