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September 2013

Posted on October 1, 2013


We look at several issues relating to teaching and training in this latest edition of Dancing Times – from pre-school tots right through to recently-graduated students about to embark on a professional career. On page 39, Kevin Berry finds out about the various ways toddlers are being introduced to dance in the UK, whilst on page 43 Jenny Veldhuis reports on the success of Zurich Ballet’s junior company, which offers professional development to young dancers on the brink of a career in ballet.

On page 32, Patricia Linton talks to Nancy Kilgour, the acclaimed teacher who has recently been honoured in her native Canada. Also this month, Zoë Anderson meets Xander Parish, the British-born and trained dancer making a name for himself with the Maryinsky Ballet in St Petersburg; Paul Arrowsmith takes us on a tour of Rambert’s new home on London’s South Bank; and Graham Watts wonders where all the female choreographers have gone? Next month the cover price of Dancing Times rises to £3.50, although subscription rates remain the same until next spring. We shall also be unveiling a fresh new look to the magazine in October, which we hope you are going to like!

Jonathan Gray

Inside this month


14 Breaking out of the bubble. Zoë Anderson talks to Xander Parish about dancing in St Petersburg

19 Dance support. Most dance companies and schools have friend schemes, but what if you want to support dance in general? Laura Dodge investigates the options

28 Building something gorgeous. As Rambert moves home, Paul Arrowsmith discovers a tumult of energy

32 A reservoir of work. Patricia Linton talks to the acclaimed dance teacher Nancy Kilgour

35 Fifteen to one. Graham Watts wonders where all the female choreographers have gone?

39 Teaching tots. Kevin Berry finds out how toddlers are being introduced to dance

43 Zurich’s Junior Ballet. Jenny Veldhuis reports on the success of Zurich Ballet’s junior company


6 Dance Matters. Cork City Ballet, Sergei Filin, Richard Alston Dance Company

11 Letters

12 Talking Point. Zoë Anderson ponders casting and the promotion of dance stars

23 Dance Health. Debbie Malina investigates the subject of diabetes in dancers

27 Variety Lights. Barbara Newman sees Mikhail Baryshnikov in The Old Woman

47 Dance Scene. Reviews this month include : English National Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Carlos Acosta, Swan Lake Reloaded, Shanghai Ballet, Dutch National Ballet

65 Letter from St Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov attends the  Stars of the White Nights Festival

67 Dance Media. New books and DVDs

69 Dance People. Steven McRae, Luke Schaufuss

72 Obituaries. Fernando Alonso, Milorad Miskovitch,  Paul Szilard, Richard S Thomas

74 Dance Education. Royal Ballet School, Cecchetti Society

79 Classifieds

80 Where to Learn

82 Calendar


93 Dancer of the month. Margaret Willis meets Boston Ballet’s Jeffrey Cirio

96 The best of both worlds. Zoë Anderson interviews Ebony Williams of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, who appears at Sadler’s Wells this month

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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