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July 2022 situation – Dancing Occasions

Posted on June 23, 2022

The July version of Dancing Occasions highlights some present and essential points throughout the dance world at massive. Karen Berry, who has supplied some thought-provoking articles for us up to now, this month asks if the dance career is doing sufficient to problem studio tradition, each in colleges and firms, while Matthew Paluch, in his Speaking Level column, wonders if present skilled dancers’ employment contracts are good friend or foe in gentle of current occasions throughout the UK’s dance sector. We’d very very like to listen to your ideas on these topics for additional debate, so why not tell us what you suppose by emailing

Additionally on this situation, we discover out the names of the winners at each the 2022 Blackpool Dance Competition and the Nationwide Dance Awards, and rejoice the profession of Rudolf Nureyev, the person who, maybe greater than anybody else, introduced dance to the broader public at massive by his inspirational performances and staging of the Russian classics.

We additionally hear from director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall, whose hit manufacturing of the stage musical Something Goes returns to London this month, and from former Northern Ballet premier dancer Javier Torres, who not too long ago retired from the stage.


Curating the legend of Nureyev

Gerald Dowler interviews Nehemiah Kish a couple of new challenge

Nureyev July22

GD: Why Nureyev?
NK: In some ways, the motivation to place this collectively has come out of my very own profession – I entered the world of ballet conscious of Nureyev’s affect on it. Nureyev embodied the concept that dance can come from wherever and from any background and in addition heightened the notice and acceptability of the male dancer as an artist in his personal proper. 

“Once I went to Canada’s Nationwide Ballet Faculty, I used to be instantly acutely aware of how essential he had been to the corporate. Additionally, my instructor there, Sergiu Stefanschi, had been on the Vaganova Academy with Nureyev they usually had been principals of the corporate on the identical time, so his title was talked about every day as I grew up. Once I entered the corporate, I used to be surrounded by individuals who had recognized Nureyev, from the character artists all the way in which as much as the director Karen Kain, and when my profession took me overseas, Nureyev’s presence was felt wherever I went, from Denmark to right here in London on the Royal Opera Home the place artists cross below an unlimited image of Nureyev as they enter the stage.’”

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Blackpool 2022

Martin Cutler experiences on this yr’s Blackpool Dance Competition

50 51 Blackpool July“It has not been a straightforward yr globally, as everyone knows, and the struggle in Ukraine had a direct affect on numbers at this yr’s Blackpool Dance Competition, with many acquainted faces lacking from the dance flooring. We, in fact, very a lot hope issues can be again to regular by this time subsequent yr, however within the meantime the organisers ought to be congratulated on a smooth-running competition. The entire occasion had a sense of ‘what’s going to occur?’, provided that areas have been accessible for anybody who carried out. Musical director Ashley Frohlick and the Empress Orchestra have been as nice as ever and raised the entire dancers to ranges that lots of them had by no means reached earlier than, offering spectators with the same old Blackpool shivers down the backbone.

“Winners in all 5 dances within the Novice Latin have been Salvatore Sinardi and Alexandra Kondrashova, who had an awesome evening, guaranteeing there was by no means any doubt within the judges’ minds as to first place. An ideal three-way tussle occurred between Lloyd Perry and Rebecca Scott, Adam Hathazi and Morgana Lakatos-Hayward and Tal Livshitz and Ilana Keselman for the next locations, with the ultimate couple triumphing in second place, Hathazi and Lakatos-Hayward third, and Perry and Scott fourth. Any considered one of these three may have completed second, which is what made the entire closing so fascinating. Fifth have been Taha Batu Cosar and Aleksandra Povzun, and Tang Yi Ming and Huang Xin Yi got here sixth.”

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Dancer, researcher, solutionist

Matthew Paluch talks to Javier Torres following his retirement from Northern Ballet

26 29 Javier Torres July“There aren’t many individuals who discuss grounded principle in an interview. Javier Torres, former premier dancer with Northern Ballet, is likely one of the few who do. He completed his 12-year profession with the corporate in Could with performances of Kenneth Tindall’s Casanova at London’s Sadler’s Wells (see Dance Scene). Previous to this, Torres danced in his native Cuba for a decade with Ballet Nacional de Cuba, the place he additionally reached the best rank doable.

“On the cusp of retiring from his 22-year profession as knowledgeable dancer, we had a dialogue that reminisced about his beginnings, lined his skilled years and contemplated on his future.”

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Additionally within the July situation…

Karen Berry asks if the dance career is doing sufficient to problem studio tradition

Nicola Rayner speaks to Kathleen Marshall, director-choreographer of Something Goes

James Whitehead appears on the hip twist within the rumba

Matthew Paluch on skilled dancers’ employment contracts

Phil Meacham appears on the working end within the quickstep

Barbara Newman critiques My Honest Woman and Age of Rage

Simon Selmon says thank goodness for dance

Laura Cappelle on the Ballet de Lorraine’s Pas assez suédois

Pete Meager speaks to one of many UK’s latest equality dance {couples}

Graham Spicer watches a gala tribute to Carla Fracci at La Scala, Milan

Jack Reavely remembers the magnificence of ballroom’s golden years

Leigh Witchel sees New York Metropolis Ballet and Trisha Brown Dance Firm

Margaret Willis interviews Eric Snyder of English Nationwide Ballet

Debbie Malina explores the topic of stress, and considers a number of the methods to deal with this tough situation


07 Cover July 1Winners of the Nationwide Dance Awards introduced, Queen’s Birthday Honours, Mark Morris declares a brand new full-length work, new president of the British Dance Council is introduced, Cabaret to carry charity present for Ukraine, Andrea and Sara Ghigiarelli retire from skilled ballroom, Aurélie Dupont resigns as director of dance on the Paris Opéra Ballet, Jasmin Vardimon launches Alice, Sammy Stopford’s lecture at Blackpool causes equality outcry; Critiques of dwell performances from A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, Ballet de Santiago, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Boston Ballet, Ecole des Sables, Let’s Dance Worldwide Frontiers 2022, Northern Ballet, Rambert, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet; Liane Daydé, John Leach and Ann Hutchinson Visitor remembered in Obituaries; New books, CDs and DVDs; New issues to strive in Merchandise; bbodance’s GradPro, Ballet Central, Elmhurst Ballet Firm; Calendar dates for performances within the UK and overseas; The place to study to bop within the UK; We glance again to July 1982

The July situation is now in retailers – together with branches of WHSmith – or you should buy your print copy right here or purchase your digital copy from all good app shops

Simon Oliver has been manufacturing editor of Dancing Occasions since 2010 and is very skilled in design throughout print and on-line journal manufacturing. All through his profession, Simon has labored on a various vary of topics together with music, household historical past, e book amassing and poker.



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