dance

Remembering Rosemary Butcher – the choreographer who changed the way I see dance

9 August 2016 17:11

My ancient Liddell and Scott Greek dictionary of 1849 defines choreia as ‘a dancing, especially with joy’. The word choros…

The Royal Ballet and Sadler’s Wells explain how Brexit will hurt dance

13 June 2016 18:52

What would Brexit mean to dance? Many big hitters in dance were among the 300-plus arts people who signed last…

Height, weight, hair colour, race, bum size: critics must be allowed to discuss how performers look

13 May 2016 16:44

‘Dancer sees red at critic’s ginger jibes’ was the Times headline on Tuesday. You can call the Royal Ballet dancer…

Giselle v Superman

5 April 2016 13:31

I’ve turned up at my local cinemas for quite a few of the live ballet relays that now represent a…

I’m having trouble finding an anti-woman conspiracy in dance

19 January 2016 17:44

I’m bemused by the outburst of claims that female choreographers are under-represented, held back, or discouraged by ‘institutionalised sexism’ from…

Sylvie Guillem is telling porkie-pies: this is not a vegan body

16 September 2015 17:54

The evangelical vegan ballerina Sylvie Guillem has been caught in a porkie-pie in her fervour to promote radical action against…

Why dance needs a Simon Cowell

15 May 2015 17:08

I have more and more time for Simon Cowell. On Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday night he was dishing out…

Why is British dance training so poor? ‘Diversity’ is trumping quality

16 April 2015 17:55

A very British thing happened at the dance industry conference last weekend. Three of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary choreographers…

Dance has never addressed whether making money is a good or bad thing. It’s time to do so

1 April 2015 16:45

A couple of weeks ago some dance instructors went to Westminster to coach MPs to shake their tushes for the…

What happened to virtuosity in dance?

23 January 2015 16:42

I was watching the Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza at the Royal Albert Hall last week, thinking how much base, uncomplicated…

Ismene Brown’s best of dance in 2014

30 December 2014 11:49

As the revels of the year end, here are my best memories. I think new was the word: new names, and…

The best (and worst) of ballet and dance over Christmas

19 December 2014 15:50

The Nutcracker, English National Ballet, until 4 Jan *** The Little Match Girl, Lilian Baylis Studio, until 4 Jan ***** Edward Scissorhands, Sadler’s Wells, until 11 Jan *** Alice’s…

Hugo Chavez – the ballet

28 November 2014 17:12

Here’s something to watch next time you’re visiting Venezuela, if you can avoid getting murdered while you’re there – a…

English National Ballet’s star ballerina infuriates fans

19 November 2014 17:06

Which would you rather dance in: Milton Keynes or Moscow’s Bolshoi? It’s that age-old dilemma for a star ballerina like…

What happens to male ballet greats when they retire?

3 November 2014 15:46

What happens when a torrent of exceptional male stars leave the stage and flood the jobs market? Especially in a…

The best of Frieze Art Fair was free

22 October 2014 17:10

Frieze and its ever-multiplying layers – some fantastically rich, others disappointingly dry – has expanded into a millefeuille so dense that you…

In praise of #WorldBalletDay, Ivan Vasiliev and beautiful butts

8 October 2014 10:00

The Twittersphere never fails to surprise but it’s still hard to believe that last week #WorldBalletDay actually beat #HongKong and…

We have a new dance critic – and she’s not happy with The Arts Council

26 September 2014 14:51

Hello. I recognize some of you. We’ve bumped against each other in Sadler’s Wells or Covent Garden or the Birmingham…

House music is great music – or can be

8 April 2014 12:14

When Chicago DJ Frankie Knuckles died last week, a novelty number by a Brylcreemed Aussie pop punk group had just…

Monty Python’s dancing circus

31 March 2014 10:02

For those who are worried that five men in their 70s might struggle to bring the kind of energy befitting…

Shelf Life: Anton du Beke

24 October 2012 12:32

Stalwart of Strictly, winner of Rear of the Year 2011 and author of B is for Ballroom: Be Your Own…