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Issue 2 – June 2021

FRESH START

Royal Academy of Dance

Front cover illustration: Kingsley Nebechi for Dance Gazette. Animation by Olz McCoy

Issue 2 – June 2021

Sometimes the world coaxes you gently towards change. Sometimes it gives you a shove. During the rude shove of this pandemic time, what had been gradual changes – working from home more often, moving things online – became unavoidable. Life dragged us along, and we had to adjust. In the past year, I’ve Zoomed on the regular and seen more dance on my phone than I have on stage. I’ve seen less of my friends, but more of my cats. As life, at least in the UK, shuffles out of lockdown, many changes are here to stay (especially the cats).

interviews

Fan fiction

Beautiful things can happen when a leading novelist is also a devoted ballet nerd. David Jays meets the American writer Brandon Taylor.

reports

Begin again

Post-pandemic, it’s time to reset the dance industry. Is this a turning point? Sally Howard asks young dancers what they hope for and expect from the profession.

interviews

Forever Amber

The Australian star ballerina has been coaching RAD students online for The Fonteyn. Amber Scott tells Jane Albert about a changing dance world and passing it forward.

features

Breaking the mould

Breakdancing will make its debut in the next Olympic Games, and South Korea hopes for medals. David D Lee meets b-boys and b-girls in Seoul’s breaking scene.

reports

Step change

Environmental thinking is at long last on the dance agenda. From dancewear to touring, from audience behaviours to the RAD’s new HQ: Sanjoy Roy asks if we can dance the world greener.

features

Fresh faces at the lake

Swan Lake holds its place at the heart of the ballet repertoire. But can leading contemporary choreographers rethink it? Anna Winter hears more.

SHORT READS Issue 2 – June 2021

Big Picture

Tamara Karsavina

A rare portrait of the legendary Russian ballerina has been gifted to the RAD.


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Playlist

Ayanna Witter-Johnson

The composer and cellist selects music that makes her dance like no-one is watching.


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Advice Bureau

Lachlan Monaghan

The former Genée medallist, now with Birmingham Royal Ballet, says: be brave and be you.


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RAD Q&A

Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel

The Head of Research from the RAD Faculty of Education co-edits a new guide to contemporary ballet.


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Inside RAD

David McAllister

The former director of the Australian Ballet receives the RAD’s highest honour.


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Why Dance Matters

Xander Parish

The Mariinsky Ballet principal describes turning his career around.


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