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September 2015 issue

Posted on August 27, 2015

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sept-cover-squareThis is Dance Today’s final issue as a standalone magazine, before it rejoins our sister magazine Dancing Times. So we’re thinking about transitions. Cover stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace discuss upcoming stage show The Last Tango, former champions talk about taking the momentous decision to retire, and we look back at almost six decades of Dance Today. We also say goodbye to Dance Today’s wonderful editor, Nicola Rayner – though we’re delighted that she will continue to write for the new-look Dancing Times.






A partnership made to last

last-tango-grabVincent Simone and Flavia Cacace tell Nicola Rayner about The Last Tango, the final work in the trilogy of stage shows that started with Midnight Tango and Dance ’Til Dawn

NR: “How do you improve on dances such as the last tango in Dance ’Til Dawn? Is it difficult to top that?”

FC: “It is! For us it’s like, where do we go from there? “La Cumparsita” was the first year, and then there was the Dance ’Til Dawn track, which was a beautiful piece of music. Even finding the music can be a challenge: to find something people will love just as much, but I think it tends to come down to fate. I came across this random piece of music, a bit like I did with Dance ’Til Dawn, and it always tends to fall in your lap, if you like…

“I’m not sure how they’re going to play it. We sit there listening to it, thinking, ‘Oh my god, it’s almost unchoreographable.’ You think, ‘I can’t choreograph to that,’ but us, being us, we’re going to give it a good go…”

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So long, farewell

retirement-grabFormer champions talk to Marianka Swain about retirement and life after competition…

“This is a landmark dancer departure year, from Latin superstars Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis bowing out at Blackpool to Sylvie Guillem and Carlos Acosta exiting the stage. It won’t be the last we’ll see of them, but the end of an era is always a wrench, says Karen Hardy…

“Karen channelled her passion into coaching, but desperately missed performance. ‘Most couples gradually wind down – for me, it was an overnight stop. I missed putting my shoes on, tanning, dressing, experiencing that audience appreciation of what you’ve created. That’s why I did Strictly – I felt I hadn’t done my last dance. Now, you couldn’t pay me to get on the floor! I’m so impressed by my students, and the balance has shifted: my imagination is superior to what I could physically achieve…’”

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Dance Today through the decades

In this, the final issue of Dance Today as a standalone magazine, we look back at the story told by a sample of our front covers from the last six decades…

















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Also in the September issue…

Come Dancing remembered: Marianka Swain traces the history of Strictly’s iconic predecessor

Nicola Rayner reports on the dancing, the music and the rain at WOMAD festival

Tips on technique: James Whitehead suggests ways to improve your legs, feet and ankles in Latin American dancing

Our Dance Doctor, Phil Meacham, on the art of making an entrance – and exit…

Stepping out: report from the European Same Sex Dance Association European Championships

Simon Selmon on swing dance and live music

Jack Reavely looks back at the Star championships

Moving not shaking: Jo Willacy investigates dance for people with Parkinson’s

The recently retired professional Latin competitor Rachid Malki interviewed

Plus news of Strictly folk on and off screen, new show Dancehall in Doncaster, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s celebration of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Kiss Me, Kate and more; report from Bournemouth Summer Festival, reviews of New Adventures’ The Car Man, the first album from Venezuelan bandleader Edwin Sanz, Claudia de Vries’ kizomba book and DVD, Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Baila Brazil, Grand Hotel, variations and sequence scripts, our fabulous listings pages and more!

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Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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