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Nicola Rayner meets Andrea Ghigiarelli and Sara Andracchio

Sanjoy Roy takes a look at horror in dance

Margaret Willis meets English National Ballet's Cesar Corrales, our Dancer of the Month

Jonathan Gray talks to Christopher Marney about his appointment as artistic director of Ballet Central

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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.

This latest issue of Dancing Times has two strands running through it: the annual British Open Dance Festival, which will be at Blackpool from May 26 to June 3, and a focus on horror and dance, to mark the premieres of two new works that take classic horror stories as their themes. Nicola Rayner catches up with Andrea Ghigiarelli and Sara Andracchio, one of the world's top professional ballroom couples, who will be representing England at Blackpool; and Alison Gallagher-Hughes takes a behind-the-scenes look at the latest CD recording by Ashley Frohlick's Empress Orchestra, With You in Mind, which will be launched at the Festival. In addition, Sanjoy Roy, a connoisseur of all things ghoulish and gory, as well a dance critic, guides us through the often macabre world of horror as depicted in dance; Marianka Swain meets choreographer Drew McOnie on the eve of his new version of Jekyll and Hyde at The Old Vic; and Paul Arrowsmith meets the designer John Macfarlane, who is creating the sets and costumes for Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein for The Royal Ballet. We hope you will be suitably enraptured or fearful!





WIN! A DVD or Blu-ray disc of Natalia Osipova in Don Quixote

don-quixote-dvd-coverRudolf Nureyev’s popular production of the Marius Petipa ballet Don Quixote, recorded live in 2015 at La Scala, Milan, has just been released on the CMajor label on DVD and Blu-ray disc. The film includes the dazzling Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova as Kitri – one of her best roles – alongside the always elegant Leonid Sarafanov as Basilio, and the production has new designs by Raffaele Del Savio and Anna Anni. We have one copy of the DVD and one of the Blu-ray disc to give away as competition prizes. To win one, send your answer to the following question, along with your full contact details by email to

What is the name of the composer of the music for Don Quixote?

The closing date for the competition is May 31, 2016. Please specify whether you would prefer the DVD or the Blu-ray disc.


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