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October 2015

Posted on November 6, 2015

Welcome to this brand new issue of Dancing Times. At the start of our 106th volume, we have taken the opportunity to incorporate into Dancing Times our sister magazine, Dance Today, which for nearly 60 years focused on all aspects of social dancing.

In this way, we are reuniting within our pages the worlds of social and theatrical dance – from ballet to ballroom, and contemporary dance to Latin American, as well as a host of other dance styles – for the first time since 1956, when Dancing Times and Ballroom Dancing Times became separate magazines. Inside this issue you will find a host of articles, interviews and reviews, as well as favourite columns from both publications, that cover the many different aspects of today’s dance scene. We have also taken the opportunity to redesign and refresh the contents, so we hope all of our readers – both old and new – like what they see!

Highlights of this month’s magazine include interviews with ballet dancer Carlos Acosta and Latin American champions Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis, as well as Marianka Swain’s light-hearted verdict on the opening show of the new season of Strictly Come Dancing. We also include Royal Ballet principal Lauren Cuthbertson’s own thoughts about recovering from injury in Talking Point, and hear about ballroom’s first International Championships from Nicola Rayner.

Finally, I would like to bid farewell to our finance director, Fiona Conway, who leaves Dancing Times after two very fruitful years, and to welcome Beverley King, who becomes our new finance manager.

JONATHAN GRAY

Dancing Times, October 2015 Volume 106 Issue 1262 

Cover stories

17 – All kinds of dance. Carlos Acosta talks to Zoë Anderson about Carmen, Cuba and a new company

21 – Not all about
the glitter. Nicola Rayner meets Latin dancers Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis

36 – Making connections. Maggie Foyer introduces the Royal New Zealand Ballet on the eve of its UK tour

Features

25 – Hamburg’s National Youth Ballet by Jenny Veldhuis

29 – Listening, learning and remembering. Gerald Dowler interviews Suzanne Farrell on the occasion of her 70th birthday

34 – Dancing Times and Dance Today, Volumes 105 and 59, 2014–2015

40 – Strictly speaking. Marianka Swain gives a light-hearted verdict on Strictly Come Dancing’s class of 2015

Dance Today

74 – International Treasure. October is a big month for ballroom. Nicola Rayner explains why…

77 – Swing Dance. An extract from Scott Cupit’s newly-published book

80 – Tips on technique by James Whitehead

83 – Technique clinic by Phil Meacham

85 – Products

86 – Simon’s Guide to Swing by Simon Selmon

87 – Stepping Out by Marianka Swain

88 – Fred and Ginger. Zoë Anderson attends a day dedicated to Astaire and Rogers

89 – Notes from the Dancefloor

90 – Somewhere in time by Jack Reavely

Regulars

7 – News. New Adventures Choreographer Award winner, plus win tickets to see English National Ballet

12 – Letters

15 – Talking Point by The Royal Ballet’s Lauren Cuthbertson

45 – Letter from St Petersburg by Igor Stupnikov

47 – Notes from New York by Jack Anderson

49 – Media. Newly published books, DVDs and Blu-ray discs

51 – Dance Scene. Reviews include Northern Ballet, English National Ballet, the Edinburgh International Festival and Hong Kong Ballet

93 – People. Dane Hurst, Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer

94 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets Rambert’s Camilla Damburg Wurz

98 – Obituaries. Juliet Fisher, Johan Renvall

101 – Education. Elmhurst, Dance UK’s Teacher Mentoring programme

106 – Health. Debbie Malina begins a new two-part guide to dance health

111 – Classified

112 – Calendar

118 – Listings

122 – Last Dance

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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