Posted on August 29, 2014
We’re very excited about our September 2014 issue. For the very first time, we have a celebrity guest editor, former Strictly Come Dancing champion Camilla Dallerup, and a sparkly Strictly theme runs through the issue. We’re also launching the Dance Today readers’ survey, with a fabulous prize draw – fill in the paper copy that comes with your magazine, or fill in the survey online here.
Strictly new boy Tristan MacManus
Camilla herself interviews Tristan MacManus, who joins the show as a professional dancer after six series of the American Dancing with the Stars. “It’s not really competing to me,” he tells Camilla, “it’s a show and the most important thing is seeing my celebrity’s confidence build every week as they realise they can do something – not necessarily be the best at it – but do something they thought they couldn’t do.
“I love teaching. The show is not about me showing off; I am there to guide the celebrity and support them the best I can.”
Marques and Spencer
Camilla also wanted to celebrate teamwork, which led her to an interview with the inspiring former world salsa champions, and now judges on Danse avec les stars, Chris Marques and Jaci Spencer. They’re also a couple, and explain how they separate work and home life:
“We have a rule that we don’t talk about work during weekdays after eight o’clock and we stick to it,” Jaci says. “We love what we do so much, we get excited about it and could easily keep talking about it into the early hours of the morning, but then you drain your creativity. It’s important for us to have that rule in place not just for our personal lives, but for the creative resources we need at work.”
Also in the September issue…
Strictly pro Natalie Lowe writes her first column for Dance Today, sharing her top health, beauty and fitness tips.
Nicola Rayner meets trainer and “brain ninja” Kim Ingleby, who helps top athletes and dancers to prepare physically and mentally for competition.
Laura Dodge reports on Dance UK and the importance of injury treatment and prevention.
Marianka Swain explores dancing for deaf people, while expert teacher Phil Meacham explores rhythm and timing.
Stepping out, our same sex dance column, looks at issues raised by the British Dance Council’s proposed ruling on couples.
Simon Selmon considers the business angle in his Simon’s Guide to Swing column.
Plus reports from the UK Closed competition and the UK Westie Bootcamp, Jack Reavely’s advice from the golden age of ballroom, sequence scripts, variations, news, reviews, our fabulous listings pages and more!