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September 2009

Posted on September 5, 2009


Well, we did it! With the Dancing Times office closed for refurbishment and redecoration for a fortnight, and then just over a week to get this issue ready for the printers in our new-look office, I hope you find the September issue of Dancing Times an informative and entertaining read. The RAD Pre-primary and Primary syllabus debate stimulates more Letters to the Editor on page 11 (with more to come next month), and Sean Williams, director of the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) sets out the aims of the Recognised Schools Scheme in his Talking Point column on page 12.

Editor emeritus Mary Clarke pays a visit to The Royal Ballet School Lower School at White Lodge in Richmond Park to see the redevelopment of this Grade 1 listed building on page 31, and on page 41 Meryl Cates, a US-based dance writer, contemplates the future of dance criticism in print and online. Finally, I would like to pay tribute to my colleague Patricia Daly, sales manager of Dancing Times, who retired at the end of August after nearly 20 years of service to this company. I will miss her expert knowledge of ballet, and also the cups of tea she makes for me in the morning! Dear Patricia, we hope you have many happy years of retirement ahead of you.

Jonathan Gray

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September contents



15 Cover story
No limits this time. The Royal Ballet’s Alina Cojocaru interviewed by Gerald Dowler

21 Cover story
A Level Study Aid Cinderella. Part Two. By Elizabeth Marshall

25 Tidings from Hamburg. Ian Palmer visits Hamburg to sample Hamburg Ballet’s annual Ballett-Tage

28 Nikolai Hübbe First Dancer. John Guy talks to The Royal Danish Ballet’s director about his future plans and his new staging of Napoli

31 Cover story. White Lodge reawakened. By Mary Clarke

35 Different Drummer. By Jann Parry

38  Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev. Part 11 researched by Sarah Woodcock

41 Will criticism go online or take its final bow? By Meryl Cates

45 DanceScene International. UK: Carlos Acosta and Guests; Chun Yi: The Legend of Kung Fu; Shall We Dance OVERSEAS: The Bolshoi Ballet, Ballet of the Stanislavsky Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre; Ballet de Lorraine, Mark Morris Dance Group, Aterballetto, Maguy Marin, Jan Fabre, Ballet Preljocaj, Ballets de Monte-Carlo; Paris Opéra Ballet; The Next Move.

65 Books. Bill Harpe reviews
Cambodian Dance – Celebration of the Gods

68 Obituary. Merce Cunningham and Anna Lendrum



6 Dancematters.
Rambert Dance Co, Scottish Ballet

11 Letters to the Editor

12 Talking Point. By Sean Williams

63 Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

67 Miscellany. The Royal Ballet

71 Teachers & Training.
RBS performance, Elmhurst, ENBS, Laine Theatre Arts

77 Classified

78 Where to Learn

80 Calendar

91 DVD reviews


Into Dance! for younger readers


93 Dancer of the Month – James Barton.
Interviewed by Margaret Willis

96 IntoDance – National Youth Ballet. By Jo Meredith

98 Your Page

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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