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September 2019

Posted on September 26, 2019

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Editorial and contents September 2019

As autumn approaches, this issue of Dancing Times takes a look at what has been happening in the dance world during the summer months. As well as Jack Anderson’s regular Notes from New York column, Iris Fanger and Barbara Newman went in search of further dance on New York’s Broadway and other venues – you can read about what they found there on page 18. In Dance Scene, David Mead travelled to Stuttgart to attend the biennial Colours Festival, and Kathy Elgin reports on the start of the Edinburgh International Festival with Scottish Ballet’s new two-act version of The Crucible. As well as those, in FRANCE/dance, Laura Cappelle saw what was on offer at the Avignon Festival.

In addition, we mark Northern Ballet’s 50th anniversary season, find out about the FEDORA awards, ask if ballroom and Latin American dancing are dying at grass-roots level in the UK, talk to street dancers Lil Buck and Jon Boogz, discover the wealth of dance material found in the UK’s museums, libraries and archives, and take a look at the National Ballet of Cuba.

Finally, I’m delighted to announce that – in addition to our regular online outlets – digital copies of Dancing Times are also now available to download from Exact Editions, an integrated content management platform for magazine and book publishers. To find out more on what they have to offer, why not visit their website?


Dancing Times, September 2019 Volume 109 Issue 1309

Cover Stories

6 – News. The return of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing

14 – Northern powerhouse. Fifty years since Northern Ballet’s creation, Paul Arrowsmith considers its past, present and future 

18 – Summer in the city. Barbara Newman and Iris Fanger sample dance on Broadway and elsewhere in New York

32 – A second

dance revolution. Fátima Nollén looks at Ballet Nacional de Cuba


23 – Is ballroom dying? Why are ballrooms and dance studios closing? Nicola Rayner investigates

27 – Dancing in the archives. Moira Goff offers a guide to the UK’s dance collections and resources

37 – A new way of sponsoring art. Jeannette Andersen finds out about the FEDORA awards

40 – Packing a punch. Graham Watts meets street dancers Lil Buck and Jon Boogz

Dance Today

72 – Morris mayhem. Lee Knights investigates the recent Morris dancing protests

76 – Two’s company. Marianka Swain examines the history of It Takes Two, Strictly’s companion show

78 – Tips on technique. By James Whitehead

79 – Technique clinic. By Phil Meacham

80 – Simon’s Guide to Swing. By Simon Selmon

81 – Stepping Out. By Marianka Swain

83 – Notes from the Dance Floor. Vikki Jane Vile sees Here Come the Boys

86 – Somewhere in time. By Jack Reavely


10 – Letters

13 – Talking Point. By Joseph Toonga

45 – Dance Scene. Reviews include Scottish Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, New Adventures and the Bavarian State Ballet

61 – Variety Lights. By Barbara Newman

63 – FRANCE/dance. By Laura Cappelle

65 – Danza in Italia. By Graham Spicer

66 – Letter from St Petersburg. By Igor Stupnikov

69 – Notes from New York. By Jack Anderson

89 – Dancer of the Month. Margaret Willis meets Ebony Thomas of Ballet Black

93 – People. English National Ballet promotions, David Bintley, Sharon Watson

95 – Obituaries. Barrington Pheloung, Harold Prince

97 – Media. Jonathan Gray reviews a new biography on the choreographer Marius Petipa

99 – Products

101 – Education

107 – Health. Debbie Malina investigates the role of bodywork

111 – Classified

112 – Calendar

118 – Listings

122 – Last dance. We look back to September 1979

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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