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Dance Gazette | Advice Bureau | Issue 9 – Feb 2024

The best advice I ever received
The truth is like oil. It always comes to the surface.

The advice I would pass on
Patience and humility.

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Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo in their duet common ground[s]. Photos: Maarten Vanden Abeele

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50 episodes of Why Dance Matters

Olga Smirnova marks 50 episodes of the RAD podcast, writes David Jays.

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Dance Gazette Top 40

Music and dance are intimately linked. Sanjoy Roy explores this essential relationship, and we share the Dance Gazette Top 40 – music for movement ranging through place, time and style.

Musicality is phrasing… 000 rehearsing for The Fonteyn. Photo: Martin Bell
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Inside the music

Dancers are often praised for musicality – but what does that mean? Lyndsey Winship asks dancers, musicians and coaches at The Fonteyn.

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Scene Change

Ballet classics can contain beloved dance and music – but also outdated cultural stereotypes. Can we reimagine them? Phil Chan offers a sound solution to problematic music.

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Think fig

Ballet, music and more are on the syllabus at the Fig Club in Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Bekir Aydoğan visits the only RAD-registered school in Iraq.

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Power in Motion

Darcey Bussell helps launch the RAD’s new leadership training programme.

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Holly Pooley

Australian teacher Holly Pooley describes the appeal of the Rambert Grades syllabus – and why RAD teachers should explore it.

Why Dance Matters post

Jakob Wheway Hughes

Meet the gold medallist at The Fonteyn 2023.

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Jonathan Lo

Australian Ballet’s music director picks favourite tracks from Beethoven to Michael Bublé.

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Swan songs

The RAD’s Silver Swans programme brings older students to ballet classes. As the RAD launches the next stage of the programme, Emily May meets dancers in Germany and the UK.

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Fight the power

Celebrating 50 years of hip hop, expert voices – including the rapper Ice T – talk dance, relevance and sneakers.