Posted on October 7, 2014
The October 2014 issue of Dance Today is here! Our cover star and columnist, Strictly professional Natalie Lowe, leads our Strictly Come Dancing coverage, which includes an exclusive interview with Joanne Clifton. We have plenty of tips for dancers, including a new technique column and a report on cross-training for ballroom and Latin, plus interviews with young Blackpool champions, choreographer Susan Stroman and much more! This month is also your last chance to fill in our readers’ survey [link] for a chance to win fabulous prizes – the deadline’s October 27, so hurry!
Northern star Joanne Clifton
Strictly new girl Joanne Clifton tells Nicola Rayner that three of her four childhood dreams came true over the last year:
“‘To be world champion, to perform in theatre and to be on TV…those three dreams…have come true,’ she says happily. What was the fourth? ‘My fourth one I got rid of,’ she sighs, with what seems to be genuine regret, ‘because I always wanted to be a lorry driver. I designed my lorry and everything. It had a big mushroom on it, a blue one, and it said ‘Joanne’s Mushrooms’…”
Susan Stroman, the award-winning choreographer of the show The Scottsboro Boys, tells us about the challenges of making it in a male-dominated industry, and of evoking the 1930s in the show:
“It is musical theatre dance but it does evoke the time period – 1931 – in the American South, so we find steps like Snakehips and Cake Walks and then vaudeville/minstrel steps like grapevines and tap dancing. Tap was very popular at that time, so it absolutely evokes the time period and the style…”
Also in the October issue…
Technique clinic! Each month, we bring you a simple “cure” for common ailments in your dancing, with dance doctor Phil Meacham of the Chlemsford Dance Centre
Blackpool under-21 champions! Michael Foskett and Nika Vlasenko and Korina Travis and Richard Lifshitz tell Rachelle Stretch about training, sacrifices and triumphs
Cross-training for dancers – ten-dance champion Morgan Hemphill and elite trainer Amanda Harker explain what gym work, yoga and other exercise can bring to the dance floor
The mighty Wurlitzer rises… Alison Gallgher-Hughes meets Blackpool Tower Ballroom’s chief organist, Phil Kelsall
Strictly pro Natalie Lowe tells us about her new partner, Tim Wonnacott, and the excitement of Strictly pro dances in her regular column
Steps to a story… Novelist Cherry Radford discusses dance fiction
Plus reports from the NATD Medallist Competition Day and the English Riviera Festival, Jack Reaveley’s advice from the golden age of ballroom, sequence scripts, variations, news, reviews, our in-depth listings pages and more!