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Artem, Anya and James leave Strictly

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers James Jordan, Artem Chigvintsev and Anya Garnis are to leave the show, the BBC has announced.

Tuesday-night salsa sessions at Floridita

Iconic Soho venue Floridita launched the first of its Tuesday-night salsa sessions last night, with Strictly Come Dancing‘s veteran choreographer Richard Marcel (pictured).

March 2014

Welcome to this bumper edition of Dancing Times which, in addition to all our usual outlets, can also be seen by a projected 20,000 visitors at MOVE IT, the annual dance exhibition held at Olympia in London from March 7 to 9, and for which the magazine has been a media sponsor since its inception. […]

London Duende

Given the interesting (but slightly overexposed) picture of Belén Maya and Manuel Liñán (pictured) mirroring each other while wearing bata de colas on the central pages of the Flamenco Festival brochure, I was disappointed that our photocall was two pieces with them dancing separately. I had looked forward to a collaboration: rumour has it that […]

Which dance is your romance?

Take Marianka Swain’s sizzling Valentine’s quiz and find out which dance your romance is in the February issue of Dance Today (or download here for just £1.99) 1. Your Valentine has planned a special date at:A Nowhere. Planning isn’t their style.B Your favourite restaurant – dining at the chef’s table, naturally.C A friend’s ironic costume […]

The UK Open 2014

Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis (pictured), who dance for England, triumphed for an eighth time at the UK Open Professional Latin Championship last week on Thursday, January 23, pipping the US’s Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko to the post in the battle of the Latin giants.

Frambuesas Tango Quintet at the Instituto Cervantes Manchester

On February 18, Instituto Cervantes, the official Spanish Government Centre, is offering an evening of live music and dance inspired by the sounds and passion of tango.

January 2014

Well, here we are at the turn of another year, and everyone at Dancing Times would like to wish all our readers a very happy 2014. I like to think that this issue of the magazine is a kind of mini tribute to Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB), that much-loved company with its legions of admirers.

Le freak, c’est chic

Cirque du Soleil’s combination of oddity, artistry and virtuosity in Quidam at the Royal Albert Hall on January 7 wows Marianka Swain The wilfully obtuse title of this mind-bending show refers to an anonymous passer-by who escapes the crowd by proclaiming their individuality, but it’s more a celebration of the exceptional than the average, unless […]

Strictly speaking

The grand final The Series 11 final featured four exciting, contrasting couples and was genuinely impossible to call, making it a gripping watch through both shows. Well, apart from the recaps, the recaps of the recaps, the extended retrospective, the “J word” tales, the manufactured clips and the neverending Christmas special trailer. Really, there’s a […]

Strictly speaking

Week 12 – The semis We’re back to a lengthy show, so I’ll keep this brief. Here are my five gripes about an otherwise enjoyable semi-final…

Strictly speaking

Week 11 If there’s one thing guaranteed to rile up our largely unflappable tea-drinking nation, it is a flagrant breach of fair play. We might rail at, rebel against or surreptitiously mock those in authority, but, on the whole, we are comforted by the thought of an established system with comprehensible rules and a general […]

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