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Strictly Speaking – Week Seven

Marianka Swain on musical mistakes and a triumph for ballroom nerdiness We’ve reached the halfway point, and with the leading pack tighter than Ore’s salsa trousers the “shock” bottom twos keep coming. Well, it was rather a shock that Doomed Daisy somehow survived a dismal slot in the running order and the most saccharine routine known […]

Strictly Speaking – week 6

Marianka Swain on Strictly Come Dancing’s Halloween dive into the prop basket It gives me no pleasure to report that Strictly’s annual Fright Night was even more frightful than usual. Well, some pleasure. An Ed Balls cha cha amount of pleasure. Yes, against all odds, 2016’s fifth-strangest political happening lives on. Meanwhile, the two newly […]

Strictly Speaking – week 5

Has anyone checked if the Strictly studio is built on an ancient Indian burial ground? Or has a disgruntled crewmember started compiling voodoo dolls? For there is a curse afoot, and not the usual home-wrecking one, with this drama-laden series beginning to resemble And Then There Were None. Injuries befalling Anastacia, Greg, Tameka and now […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 4

Ringers vs comedians, simmering drama and a soaring jive: Marianka Swain on Strictly Come Dancing True to form, there was something of a post-theme comedown in this week’s show – at least until that climatic flurry of 10s. Is Week 4 too soon for such a high score? Was the sudden mano a mano rivalry a […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 3

Marianka Swain on the popcorn and drama of Movie Week Theme weeks are normally a horror-fest of props and cartoonish presentation, but – miracle of miracles – this was actually a strong Movie Week, with mercifully little faff in the actual dances (VTs were another story) and plenty of room for celeb improvement. Once again, […]

Strictly Speaking – Week 2

  Marianka Swain on time-wasting field trips and dance-off controversy It wasn’t just The Fall that suddenly resembled a particularly well-styled episode of Casualty this week. We had (in retrospect fairly insensitive) muscle-pulling jokes from Will Young, and – more significantly – the series’ first elimination notching a solid five on the Strictly Controversy Scale through […]

Strictly Speaking

Marianka Swain assesses the class of 2016 Ah, 2016: so bananas that the UK’s former shadow chancellor donning sequins is only the fourth most eye-popping political event of the week, let alone the year. Yet here we are, with Ed “Glitter” Balls actually taking to the floor – just one high-profile member of the strongest […]

March 2016 issue

Welcome to our biggest ever issue! This month’s Dancing Times casts a spotlight on France, from Benjamin Millepied’s shock departure from the Paris Opéra Ballet to the dance scene as a whole. There’s tango with cover stars Germán Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi, ballroom and Latin at the UK Open, crossovers between theatre and dance and […]

February 2016 issue

We celebrate a world of dance this month, from ballroom in Shanghai to New York City Ballet choreographer Justin Peck and former Strictly professional Robin Windsor. Our cover stars are Cira Robinson and Mthuthuzeli November of Ballet Black. Ready to move on Nicola Rayner meets former Strictly Come Dancing professional Robin Windsor to talk about […]

January 2016 issue

We welcome 2016 with coverage of very many dance styles, from ballet, ballroom and contemporary dance by way of malambo from Argentina and the Peking Opera from China… Energy forever Zoë Anderson speaks to Royal Ballet principal Marianela Nuñez about Giselle, dance on screen and the politics of guesting: “Nuñez feels strongly about [guesting]. It’s […]

December 2015

Christmas will soon be upon us, and for everyone in the UK dance world this can mean only two things – the start of The Nutcracker season and the climax of the latest series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing competition! In this month’s magazine, these important events are not forgotten. Vikki Jane Vile takes […]

Christmas dance on television

We’ve gone through the listings with our highlighter pen, seeking out dance on television over the festive period, from Strictly to ballet to the traditional New Year’s Day concert from Vienna. We were feeling completist, so decided to include circus spectacle and migrating birds on our list.         Saturday 19 December Strictly […]

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