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Inside this month:

Zoë Anderson meets Northern Ballet’s Pippa Moore

Marianka Swain shares her experiences and advice with nervous newcomers to social dancing

Jack Thorpe Baker paints a picture of the dance scene as it appears to a young person aspiring to a future leadership role

Barbara Newman sees Elf and In the Heights

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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.

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 a look at the relationship between Strictly and its fans on social media, and we also discover the fitness routines of Strictly professionals Aliona Vilani and Kevin Clifton. On the ballet front, Zoë Anderson meets Northern Ballet's Pippa Moore, who will be dancing with the company in the run-up to Christmas in The Nutcracker in Leeds, and from the world of musical theatre, Barbara Newman gives her verdict on the new West End production of Elf. David Mead travels to New York to find out more about the School of American Ballet based at the Lincoln Center, and Laura Dodge goes to Epsom to pay a visit to Laine Theatre Arts, one of the UK's leading musical theatre colleges. In addition, we meet three promising young dancers – English National Ballet's Isabelle Brouwers, and Glenn Richard Boyce and Alexandra Krivushkova, who were second in the junior finals of the 2015 International Championships in Brentwood. As you can see, then, another packed issue, which leaves me with just enough space to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!





WIN! Romeo and Juliet on DVD

714woa-c39l. sl1341 In the 50th anniversary year of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, the 1966 film of the production has just been rereleased on DVD. Directed by Paul Czinner, the film records Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev and The Royal Ballet in MacMillan’s choreography. A brand-new transfer, the DVD is part of Network Distributing’s series “The British Film”, which aims to release more than 450 vintage British movies.

We have two copies of the DVD to win as competition prizes. To win, send the answer to the following question, with your full contact details by email to

Q: MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet is danced to music by which Russian composer?

The closing date is November 27, 2015.


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