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Strictly Speaking: Week 12

Two dances is theoretically a good test of range, growth and performance at this crucial stage, but can often make for a night of half-finished numbers – the pros’ steely ambition exceeding the knackered celebs’ execution. So it proved in … Continue reading

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The future is female

Leading dancers and choreographers Kate Prince, Kloé Dean and Emma Houston discusses women in hip hop. Read my full Dancing Times article here

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BWW Interview: Drew McOnie

The director/choreographer on reviving On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Strictly’s newbies and the same-sex debate

My articles in the October issue of the new Dancing Times magazine, out now: Strictly Speaking The class of 2015 assessed, from ringers and dark horses to marmite celebs and comedy acts. Stepping Out Is it time for a same-sex couple on Strictly? New in the Dance … Continue reading

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Swing, Champagne-swilling and Carrie

My articles in the June issue of Dance Today, out now: Swing while you’re winning Scott Cupit, our Teacher of the Year 2015, recalls his journey from struggling start-up to leader of a swing revolution Bloodless Carrie: The Musical at Southwark Playhouse needs more guts … Continue reading

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Beyond Bollywood, London Palladium

It seems almost redundant to critique a show that so ably – if unconsciously – critiques itself. “The power of Bollywood is it’s unique!” cries one character, before squandering that uniqueness in tired East/West fusion; and “Dance should have feeling!” … Continue reading

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Boa, Trafalgar Studios

Casting existing partners is no guarantee of artistic success – for every Burton/Taylor, there is a Bennifer. Hannah Price has taken a risk, too, by pairing the revered Dame Harriet Walter with her comparatively unfamiliar American husband, Guy Paul, in … Continue reading

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Ready for his close-up

Legendary movie musicals director? You’re thinking Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly – not Charles Walters. But, as Brent Phillips argues cogently in his illuminating new book, that exclusion is simply unjust. Charles “Chuck” Walters’ work has certainly left an … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: launch show

It’s back! Forget X Factor, forget Stepping Out, if you can (my eyes! Oh, my eyes!), for Strictly Come Dancing, the real star of Saturday-night entertainment, has returned, and it’s as joyously deranged as ever.  We have a new studio (lovely big floor), new … Continue reading

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