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September 2016

Posted on September 28, 2016

009 DT September 2016

This is the very last issue we will be bringing to you from our base at Clerkenwell House in Clerkenwell Green, as, from September 1, the company will be moving to a new office space located at the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in Battersea Square, London. Although the staff of Dancing Times will be sad to leave the office we have so happily occupied for the past 35 years, it is with some excitement we now move to the new premises, as it will reinforce our already close links with the RAD. Readers may not be aware that in the early years of the 20th century, Philip Richardson, the founding editor of Dancing Times, played a formative role in the establishment of the RAD as a way of ensuring the art of dancing was properly taught to young people by teachers who were professionally trained; I can’t help but think he – and Mary Clarke, our Editor Emeritus – would wholly approve of our upcoming relocation. Rest assured, the magazine will continue to offer you the very best in dance, and our telephone number and email addresses remain unchanged.


Dancing Times, September 2016 Volume 106 Issue 1273

Cover stories

17 – A national treasure. Sharon Wagner introduces Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on the eve of its UK tour

31 – Karsavina and Nijinsky. Andrew Foster looks at ballet’s first modern partnership

36 – Not a sausage factory. Laura Dodge pays a visit to Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

41 – Strictly speaking. It’s all change for Series 14 of Strictly Come Dancing reports Marianka Swain


23 – Brexit and ballet. Daniel Pratt considers the impact Brexit may have on British dancers

26 – Born to perform? Nicola Rayner hears from experienced Strictly professionals on how to perform the dances, embrace the characterisation and overcome the fear of rumba…

45 – Together for dance. Laura Dodge previews an upcoming gala

Dance Today

74 – Dancing to the beat of the Latino heart. Lee Knights explores the romance of bolero

78 – Summertime special. Alison Gallagher-Hughes reports from the Bournemouth Festival

80 – Tips on technique by James Whitehead

81 – Technique clinic by Phil Meacham

82 – Simon’s Guide to Swing by Simon Selmon

83 – Stepping Out by Marianka Swain

84 – Notes from the dance floor. Vikki Jane Vile attends the Strictly Prom at the Royal Albert Hall

86 – Somewhere in time by Jack Reavely


6 – News

12 – Letters

15 – Talking Point by Ian Jackson

46 – Variety Lights. Barbara Newman sees Into the Woods

49 – Letter from St Petersburg by Igor Stupnikov

51 – Notes from New York by Jack Anderson

53 – Media. Jonathan Gray on Peter Wright’s autobiography, Wrights and Wrongs

55 – Dance Scene. Reviews this month include Rambert, The Australian Ballet, Lost Dog, and New Movement Collective

89 – People. Dance Professionals Fund

90 – Dancer of the Month. The Bolshoi Ballet’s Igor Tsvirgo is interviewed by Margaret Willis

95 – Obituaries. Rosemary Butcher, Judith Percival

97 – Products

99 – Education. The Royal Ballet School, Tring Park School, Gielgud Academy, British Dance Council

105 – Health. Debbie Malina on how dance helps people with autism

109 – Classified

110 – Calendar

118 – Listings

122 – Last Dance. We look back to September 1976

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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