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Inside this month:

Zoë Anderson meets Carlos Acosta

Nicola Rayner catches up with Latin dancers Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis

Jonathan Gray reviews Northern Ballet’s 1984

Scott Cupit gives usa preview of his new book, Swing Dance

And much more


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Welcome to Dancing Times - Britain's leading monthly dance magazine

In conjuction with our very special issue of Dancing Times, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the publication of our first issue, we have taken the opportunity to re-launch our website, as well as the layout of the magazine. We hope you enjoy the final results!

Dancing Times can state with some pride that throughout the often turbulent century of its existence – two World Wars, the Wall Street Crash and Great Depression, and the current financial crisis – we never missed the publication of a single issue and have remained true to our aims of recording with honesty the events and developments in all aspects of dance. Dancing Times played an instrumental role in the formation of such important teaching bodies as the Royal Academy of Dance and the British Dance Council, and it has witnessed the UK dance scene change beyond all recognition. Just some measure of the love and respect the magazine has garnered can be read in the wonderful tributes published on page 25 of our latest issue. Kathrine Sorley Walker salutes our first editor, Philip Richardson, on page 12 and our beloved editor emeritus, Mary Clarke, is interviewed by Gerald Dowler on page 53. Also in this issue, we interview The Royal Ballet’s Lauren Cuthbertson, look at how dance floors have changed over the years, and preview the 2010 season from Dance Umbrella.

Welcome to this brand new issue of Dancing Times. At the start of our 106th volume, we have taken the opportunity to incorporate into Dancing Times our sister magazine, Dance Today, which for nearly 60 years focused on all aspects of social dancing.

In this way, we are reuniting within our pages the worlds of social and theatrical dance – from ballet to ballroom, and contemporary dance to Latin American, as well as a host of other dance styles – for the first time since 1956, when Dancing Times and Ballroom Dancing Times became separate magazines. Inside this issue you will find a host of articles, interviews and reviews, as well as favourite columns from both publications, that cover the many different aspects of today’s dance scene. We have also taken the opportunity to redesign and refresh the contents, so we hope all of our readers – both old and new – like what they see!

Highlights of this month’s magazine include interviews with ballet dancer Carlos Acosta and Latin American champions Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis, as well as Marianka Swain’s light-hearted verdict on the opening show of the new season of Strictly Come Dancing. We also include Royal Ballet principal Lauren Cuthbertson’s own thoughts about recovering from injury in Talking Point, and hear about ballroom’s first International Championships from Nicola Rayner.

Finally, I would like to bid farewell to our finance director, Fiona Conway, who leaves Dancing Times after two very fruitful years, and to welcome Beverley King, who becomes our new finance manager.





Win! Signed copies of Being a Dancer


We have three signed copies of Being a Dancer, a new book of interviews written by Lyndsey Winship, dance critic of the Evening Standard, to give away as prizes. In this neat and informative collection, the author talks to 25 leading dancers and choreographers – including Carlos Acosta, Matthew Bourne, Wayne McGregor and Tamara Rojo – about what it is like to be a dancer or choreographer. To win one, send the answer to the following question by email to or by post to our usual address: What is the name of the dancer depicted on the cover of the book? The closing date is September 30, 2015.


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