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008 dt august-2014

Inside this month:

Graham Watts discovers the rigours of dancing on the end of a pier

Laura Dodge pays a visit to Urdang Academy

Zoë Anderson previews INALA at the Edinburgh International Festival

Paul Arrowsmith explores how dancers' knowledge is recycled

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.

With the summer now in full swing, you might be longing to spend time cooling off, so why not take a look at Debbie Malina's article on skating and dance on page 56, which might take off some of the heat by putting you on ice? Also in this issue, Graham Watts finds out what it is like to be a dancer appearing in a theatre at the end of a pier, Laura Dodge pays a visit to Urdang Academy, and Paul Arrowsmith takes time out to talk to some senior dancers about the passing on of their dance knowledge. Arts Council England recently announced its new round of funding awards for dance, and in Dance Matters we find out who the winners are – and also the losers. In the same section, I talk to Kevin O'Hare, director of The Royal Ballet, about the success of the company's recent tour to Russia, and we highlight English National Ballet's plans to build a new home for the company and its school in London. Also in this issue, Margaret Willis meets English National Ballet's Alison McWhinney, who is our latest Dancer of the Month, and in Dance Scene we include reviews of, among others, Northern Ballet, Rambert, Stuttgart Ballet and the Paris Opéra Ballet.

JONATHAN GRAY, EDITOR

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