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October 2010

Posted on January 4, 2011


Welcome to this very special issue of Dancing Times, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the publication of our first issue. To mark the occasion we have taken the opportunity to re-design the layout of the magazine, and we hope you enjoy the final results.

Dancing Times can state with some pride that throughout the often turbulent century of its existence – two World Wars, the Wall Street Crash and Great Depression, and the current financial crisis – we never missed the publication of a single issue and have remained true to our aims of recording with honesty the events and developments in all aspects of dance. Dancing Times played an instrumental role in the formation of such important teaching bodies as the Royal Academy of Dance and the British Dance Council, and it has witnessed the UK dance scene change beyond all recognition. Just some measure of the love and respect the magazine has garnered can be read in the wonderful tributes published on page 25. Kathrine Sorley Walker salutes our first editor, Philip Richardson, on page 12 and our beloved editor emeritus, Mary Clarke, is interviewed by Gerald Dowler on page 53. Also in this issue, we interview The Royal Ballet’s Lauren Cuthbertson, look at how dance floors have changed over the years, and preview the 2010 season from Dance Umbrella.

Jonathan Gray

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14 The Royal Ballet’s Lauren Cuthbertson interviewed by Zoë Anderson
21 Changing the landscape. Betsy Gregory talks to David Jays about the upcoming Dance Umbrella festival
25 Happy Birthday, Dancing Times!
33 The world dances. Bob Dagger takes a look at how dance floors have changed
41 If Giselle – why not Esmeralda? A close look at the Bolshoi Ballet’s La Esmeralda by Ivor Guest and Ann Hutchinson Guest
45 Dancing Times 100 by Mary Clarke
49 Dancing at the hotel. Choreographer Kate Flatt discusses her new work with Louise Bennett
Editorial comment. Editor emeritus Mary Clarke interviewed by Gerald Dowler


Dance Matters
11 Letters
12 Talking Point. Kathrine Sorley Walker on founder-editor Philip J S Richardson
38 Dance Health. A new monthly directory for dancers by Debbie Malina
DanceScene. This month’s reviews include : Edinburgh International Festival
85 Letter from St Petersburg by Igor Stupnikov
Dance Media. New books reviewed by Barbara Newman and Frank Freeman
Dance People
93 Dance Education
97 Classifieds
98 Where to Learn
101 Calendar
109 Dancer of the month. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Momoko Hirata interviewed by Margaret Willis
Stage Picture. A Linha Curva by Zoë Anderson
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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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