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Stepping Out

Marianka Swain looks back on a busy year and previews 2016 Same-sex dance made headlines again in 2015 with the Strictly debate, but the real news was on the dancefloor, with improvements in outreach and visibility leading to exciting competitions … Continue reading

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Stepping Out

Is it time for a same-sex couple on Strictly? In May, Craig Revel Horwood said a same-sex pair would compete on the show “this year or next year”, adding: “There are competitions throughout the world that have same-sex couples. You just … Continue reading

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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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Strictly Speaking: launch show

After seemingly decades of celebrity reveals on every BBC outlet known to man (“Now the ident hippos will announce ‘Peter Andre’ via synchronised swimming!”), Strictly has finally begun in earnest and the pairings unveiled to an eager nation. Well, ish. … Continue reading

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Practice, nudity and the German Open

My articles in the July issue of Dance Today, out now: Practice makes perfect How to master the art of practising The naked truth Is flashing the flesh a necessary part of dance? Stepping Out The Brits impress at the competitive German Open Championships New in … 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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Too Strictly? Battle in the ballroom

Ballroom dancing, that most civilised of pastimes, may seem an unlikely target for controversy, but a proposed rule change by the British Dance Council (BDC) has thrust our nation’s waltzers into a heated debate. This weekend, the BDC will discuss … Continue reading

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Doctor dance, Blackpool remembered and competition revolution

New articles in the Dance Today section include: Darren and Lilia’s Dance Clinic Strictly champions and top coaches Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova answer readers’ burning questions. Blackpool remembered The top 10 memories of the  Blackpool Dance Festival, from classic rivalries and emotional farewells to … Continue reading

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Dance crazes and international co-operation

New articles in the Dance Today section include: Crazy for dance The ultimate countdown of the top 30 dance crazes, from Y.M.C.A. and Gangnam Style to MJ’s unforgettable Moonwalk and Thriller. Stepping Out Close contests, shock results and international co-operation at the 16th annual Pink … Continue reading

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May issue of ‘Dance Today’

The new issue of Dance Today magazine is now on sale. My features this month include: Strictly favourites Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova‘s first-ever ballroom clinic, solving our readers’ most pressing dance dilemmas The top 10 memories of the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival … Continue reading

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