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April 2022 - Dance times

Published on April 28, 2022

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Editorial and content April 2022

Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24 left the world in shock and, like many of our readers, I was appalled to see scenes on the television news of innocent people in Ukraine taking shelter from Russian bombing in the basements of their own homes or trying to flee the country for their lives. Many people have been affected by this horrific situation, including members of my own family who live and work in Kiev, the capital, and Russia has rightly received strong condemnation, as well as economic sanctions, from around the world. Condemnation has also come from many in the dance industry, who have added their voices to the outrage at the situation, especially dancers, teachers, choreographers, and directors who are either native Ukrainians or Russians with close ties to the country.

In light of this terrible situation, and with an extremely heavy heart, I have made the difficult decision from next month to stop publishing Igor Stupnikov's popular Letter from St. Petersburg for the foreseeable future - in this issue you will find his most recent letter, written by him and received by us long before the invasion. All shows taking place in Russia and listed in our Calendar pages have also been removed. For more on the dance response to the war in Ukraine, see our News pages.


Dancing Times, April 2022 Volume 112 Number 1340

Cover stories

16 - In his own words. Gérald Dowler interviews Laura Morera, director of the Royal Ballet, before her debut in Frederick Ashton's A month in the country

20 - "How do we break our own convention?" Nicolas Rayner meets Jonzi D, director of Termination agreement

26 - To survive or to prosper? Imogen Aujla looks at freelancers in the UK dance industry

69 - Dancers of the month. Marguerite Willis talks to three young dancers from the London Children's Ballet


31 - Magic time. Laura Duester explores the world of preschool ballet classes

Dance today

60 - The last dance of Oti. Marianka Swain look what's coming up for Oti Mabuse

62 - Technical advice. By James Whitehead

63 - Technical clinic. By Phil Meacham

64 - Simon's guide to swinging. By Simon Selmon

65 - Get out. By Skinny Pete

66 - Somewhere in time. By Jack Revely


6 - News. English National Ballet, New Adventures and Northern Ballet new seasons announced

13 - Letters

15 - Discussion point. By Eduardo Vilaro

35 - International Dance Scene. Critics include the Capitol Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet, Lost Dog, Mark Bruce Company, Miami City Ballet, NDT2, The Royal Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet

51 - Various lights. Barbara Newmann watch two shows at the Barbican Centre in London

52 - FRANCE/dance. Laura Capelle reports on the Kyiv City Ballet in Paris

55 - Letter of Saint-Petersburg. Igor Stupnikov criticizes a gala at the Mikhailovsky

56 - Notes from New York. Leigh Witch sees the New York City Ballet in George Balanchine's one-act version Swan Lake

73 - People. Federico Bonelli's farewell to the Royal Ballet, tribute to Anthony Crickmay at the Victoria and Albert Museum

74 - Death notices. Clement Crisp, Henry Danton, Josephine Gordon, Joseph Horovitz, Dorothea Zaymes

78 - Media

81 - Products

82 - Education. Jazz Theatre Arts UK, official opening of the RAD, Helsinki International Ballet Competition

84 - Health. Debbie Malina reviews the evolution of first aid for soft tissue injuries

87 - Classifieds

88 - Calendar. Find out what's happening on stage this month in the UK and abroad

94 - Registration. Where to learn to dance in the UK

98 - Last dance. We look at what has been published in Dance Schedule in April 1982

Simon Olivier

Simon Oliver has been editor of Dancing Times since 2010 and has extensive experience in print and online magazine design. Throughout his career, Simon has worked on a wide range of topics including music, family history, book collecting and poker.

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