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009 dt september-2015

Inside this month:

Paul Arrowsmith meets ballerina Alessandra Ferri

Graham Watts travels to Bucharest to interview Johan Kobborg

Zoë Anderson previews the UK tour of The Trocks

Dominic Antonucci highlights Birmingham Royal Ballet's emerging male talent

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.

Next month we are excited to be bringing you a bigger and even better Dancing Times. Running to 124 pages, the magazine will continue to include all the favourites you currently enjoy, but in addition we will be introducing new content by including a range of exciting articles and features covering the worlds of ballroom and social dance, disciplines that have until now been covered by our sister magazine, Dance Today, which will merge with Dancing Times from October. In many ways, the magazine is returning to its roots, as when Dancing Times was first published in 1910, it reported on all forms of social and stage dancing. Over the past couple of months the Dancing Times and Dance Today team have been busy preparing for the "new" magazine, and we all think it is going to look wonderful! See for yourself in October. Another change will be the departure of Nicola Rayner who, as well as acting as editorial assistant on this magazine, has done an absolutely brilliant job editing Dance Today for nearly six years. She will be much missed by everyone here but, luckily, Nicola will continue to contribute regularly to forthcoming issues of Dancing Times. We wish her every success in the future.





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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