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Strictly Speaking week 11

What’s worse than a limp theme show? A limp theme show at a crucial stage of the competition. We might arguably have had the same quarter-final elimination without it – paso was always going to expose Princess Helen’s lack of versatility – but at least it would have resulted from a fair test of ballroom […]

December 2015 issue

As Christmas approaches, Dancing Times gets ready for The Nutcracker and for the final rounds of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing ­– which appears on our cover for the first time, with cover stars Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani. We also meet promising young dancers – ballroom and Latin couple Glenn Richard Boyce and Alexandra […]

A celebration of Jonathan Ollivier

The dancer Jonathan Ollivier, who died earlier this year, will be remembered in the performance Mr Wonderful – A Celebration of Jonathan Ollivier’s Life in Dance. Presented by New Adventures and Re:Bourne, this evening of dance will be performed at Sadler’s Wells on January 18, 2016. Matthew Bourne, director of New Adventures and Re:Bourne, said: […]

October 2015 issue!

New season, new beginnings! With this issue, Dancing Times incorporates our sister magazine, Dance Today, which for nearly 60 years covered all aspects of social dancing. The new combined magazine goes back to our roots: from the beginning, Dancing Times covered all kinds of dance, from the ballroom to the stage. The new issue has […]

Christmas dance on television!

Christmas television traditionally includes some goodies for the dance-lover, from classic movie musicals to new recordings of ballet and dance. We’ve been through the listings with a highlighter pen – here’s what we’ve circled, including The Royal Ballet in The Winter’s Tale (pictured left), Strictly Come Dancing’s grand finale and Christmas special and Carlos Acosta […]

Doing all right

To mark Flash Mob‘s return to the Peacock Theatre this week, we revisit our interview with Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer, first published in the May issue of Dance Today  “I get free fish and chips in Grimsby now,” says Kevin Clifton, musing on how his life has changed since appearing on Strictly Come Dancing […]

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 […]

Strictly speaking

Week 10 “We will not have another disaaaahstrous week,” they said. “We will have jazz hands, and the movie musical equivalent of Stars in Their Eyes, and Ann Summers’ take on a Disney dressing-up box!” they said. “We will have props, and pizzazz, and incongruous ghostly backing dancers, and the hills will be alive with […]

Strictly speaking

Week 9  There are great episodes of Strictly, there are terrible episodes of Strictly, and there are those so generic, so lacklustre, so totally devoid of meaning that they fail to make any discernable impression whatsoever. The Ed Milibands, if you will.

Strictly speaking

Week 8  BREAKING NEWS: while our stars were distracted by feathery fans, camp cowboys and dizzying hyperbole, their Blackpool dressing rooms were beset by seaside bandits. Possibly pirates. Rumours that their haul included all of the judges’ low scoring paddles remain unconfirmed. Yet how else to explain Saturday’s WTF marking? Of course, the judging process […]

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