Sergei Filin’s contract at the Bolshoi not renewed
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August 2015 issue
There’s a Russian feel to...24 Jul 2015
The BENCH, a new programme for female choreographers
2Faced Dance Company has...17 Jul 2015
BirdGang at the Young Vic
BirdGang Dance Company is...02 Jul 2015
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.
Although there is only one major Russian company visiting London this summer, there is a definite Russian feel to this latest issue of Dancing Times. As well as Igor Stupnikov’s regular Letter from St Petersburg, Graham Watts, chair of the UK Dance Critics’ Circle, reports on an extraordinary conference held in that same city devoted to the future of choreography for classical ballet. In addition, in Hong Kong Natasha Rogai meets Sergei Filin, director of the Bolshoi Ballet; Daniel Pratt interviews Sandra Jennings about her work with The George Balanchine Trust, which has included staging A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Maryinsky Ballet; and Andrew Foster highlights another significant centenary in the history of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Further afield, Caitlyn Lehmann takes a backstage look at The Australian Ballet’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty and, closer to home, Laura Dodge visits London Contemporary Dance School. We have been delighted by the response to the news of the merger of Dancing Times with Dance Today (see last month’s magazine), and publish a letter of appreciation from a long-time reader on page 10.
JONATHAN GRAY, EDITOR
Win! A year's scholarship to Urdang Youth Academy!
Perfect your technique and have fun for a whole academic year at Urdang Youth Academy! This month, Urdang is giving away an exclusive scholarship for one place at the Youth Academy, plus ten free taster days as runner-up prizes.
The Urdang Youth Academy is open to all students aged ten to 21 with a passion for training and performance. Classes are taken by Urdang faculty, with occasional specialised workshops led by West End directors, choreographers, musical directors and other specialists in their fields, so students learn from those at the heart of professional dance and musical theatre.
The Academy runs one Sunday a month during term-time, with each day including a ballet class, jazz class and musical theatre session. The course leads up to the Youth Academy End-of-Year Demonstration, a fantastic opportunity for friends and family to see what has been achieved. Academy places normally cost £520.
To enter the prize draw, visit theurdang.com to fill in your details and finish the sentence: “I’d love to win the Youth Academy Scholarship because…” The closing date is August 14, 2015. Winners will be notified by email, with results announced on theurdang.com and in the September issue of Dancing Times. Visit the Urdang website for full details, terms and conditions.