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Inside this month:

Nicola Rayner interviews former Strictly pro Robin Windsor

Margaret Willis meets Ashley Shaw of New Adventures

Paul Arrowsmith investigates Frederick Ashton’s A Month in the Country

Alison Gallagher-Hughes finds out about Blackpool Dance Festival China

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.

We seem to be going all around the world in this latest issue of Dancing Times, giving the magazine a real international flavour. As well as our popular regular columns from New York and St Petersburg, plus reviews in Dance Scene of productions in Canada, France, Germany and Hong Kong, we also pay visits to Austria, China, Denmark and Spain to find out about the dance happening there, as well as, of course, in the UK. In Vienna, Gerald Dowler meets Manuel Legris, the former étoile of the Paris Opéra Ballet who is now director of the Vienna State Ballet. Barbara Newman pays a visit to Spain to sample some of the dance on offer in both Madrid and Mallorca, and David Mead travels to New York to talk to upcoming young choreographer Justin Peck about his future plans. Alison Gallagher-Hughes finds out about the new Blackpool Dance Festival China, and Lee Knights introduces to us a new social dance style, new hustle, which is making its way to the UK from the US. In addition, Margaret Willis meets our Dancer of the Month, the Australian-born Ashley Shaw, who is currently appearing in Matthew Bourne’s version of Sleeping Beauty, and Nicola Rayner meets up with the professional ballroom and Latin dancer Robin Windsor to find out about his plans post Strictly Come Dancing. As you can see, there’s a lot to read; we hope you enjoy it!





WIN! Tickets to Giselle cinema screening

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Win tickets to see The Royal Ballet’s Giselle, the greatest of all Romantic ballets, live at a participating cinema near you. Peter Wright’s production is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death. Giselle transformed the dance world when it was first performed in Paris in 1841 and remains at the heart of the classical repertory.

We have three pairs of tickets up for grabs at a participating cinema of your choice, courtesy of the Royal Opera House. For a chance to win, send the answer to the following question, with your name and full contact details, to

What is the name of the hero in Giselle?

Tickets are subject to availability, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. The closing date is February 29, 2016.

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