Andrew McNicol

From Mozart to Joni Mitchell – the commissioned choreographer for The Fonteyn 2024 selects his favourite music.

Dance Gazette | Playlist | Issue 10 – June 2024

1 Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Powerful, profound and deeply moving. I was introduced to this work by an important mentor of mine and later created a ballet to this music for BalletX in Philadelphia.

2 A Case of You by Joni Mitchell

I adore Joni Mitchell: the simplicity, poetry and honesty. Her body of work seems to be filled with a nuance and wisdom from a life fully lived.

3 My Way by Frank Sinatra

This is a piece of music that I have listened to throughout all the seasons of my life. The lyrics and the delivery say it all.

4 Sea Interludes by Benjamin Britten

Peter Grimes was one of the first operas I ever saw and I remember the first time I heard the Four Sea Interludes, I felt it would be perfect for a new ballet. Years later a close friend reminded me about them and I subsequently created a new piece for the Royal Ballet School that became my first work performed on the ROH main stage.

5 Songbird by Eva Cassidy

An artist gone far too soon. The unaffected purity, beauty of her voice and rare capacity to interpret a range of work, as if it was always written just for her. Timeless.


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REST OF Issue 10 – June 2024


Opportunity knocks

Goodbye spotlight, hello Power Point: Alexander Campbell, the Royal Ballet Principal, is the RAD’s new Artistic Director. He tells David Jays that he’s excited for the role ahead.

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Walk the line

Eyes up, swaying hips, no smile. Fashion models have used the same fundamental walk to showcase clothes for over a century. But how easy is it? Veronica Horwell joins a catwalk workshop.


In other words

The words we use and hear in dance classes can have a lasting impact – for good and bad. Lyndsey Winship explores how teachers can harness the power of language.

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Fresh brand for a fresh era

Why has the RAD refreshed its brand – and what ideas and emotion does the refresh convey?


Take your shot

The Fonteyn famously helps dancers grow. But how can the competition share opportunities more widely? Isaac Ouro-Gnao reports on the bursaries making The Fonteyn accessible.

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A day to remember

Workshops and masterclasses at Members’ Day 2024.

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Natalie Hall

RAD teacher Natalie Hall won an RAD Award for her ballet classes for the cancer community. But how does dance help cancer patients?


Testing times

100 years on from the first RAD children’s exam, Rosemary Waugh looks at how exams have changed, and how their fundamental principles hold true.

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Jasmin Vardimon

Explore and feed your curiosity, urges the acclaimed choreographer.


Breaking point

Dance features in the Olympics for the first time this summer, when breakers compete for medals in Paris. But how was breaking chosen, and what will be the impact on the art form? Kaelen Jones reports.

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Misty Copeland

The superstar ballerina launches the new season of the RAD podcast.

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Values added

In the first column in his new Dance Gazette series, Chief Executive Tim Arthur reflects on the RAD’s new set of values – and explains why he’s always ‘happy to help.’