Dance Gazette

Dance Gazette is our highly-respected international dance magazine, produced as part of our mission to inspire the world to dance and with over 100 years of dance teaching and training knowledge and expertise. After 91 years as the printed voice of the Royal Academy of Dance, it re-invents itself as a digital-only magazine. It still offers inspiring stories, exploring how the RAD impacts upon the world and how the world affects us all. We still work with imaginative writers, photographers and illustrators but we now offer more multimedia content, more ways to bring stories to life.

Published three times a year (February, June and October) it is a benefit of membership of the Royal Academy of Dance, available free of charge to our worldwide membership of teachers and students in 89 countries. Single issues can be purchased – order your copy now.


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Editor’s Note

This issue of Dance Gazette examines the face we present to the world. As the RAD launches a portrait competition for its new London home, we meet leading portrait artists and uncover the subject of the competition, RAD founder Adeline Genée. For dancers, their stage face is shaped by make-up; our enthralling history of ballet slap includes chalk, rice powder and the stinky grease of sperm whales. Happily, no whales were harmed in our mesmerising cover film with English National Ballet.
Dance Gazette Editor, David Jays

David Jays writes for the Guardian and Sunday Times, and is editor of Dance Gazette, the Royal Academy of Dance magazine. @mrdavidjays.


Paint Job

From chalk and lard to gold leaf and mascara: Vera Rule reveals the hidden history of ballet make-up.

Picture This

As the RAD launches a portrait competition for its new London headquarters, Sarah Crompton asks leading portrait artists how they capture a personality in paint.

Living Doll

The RAD’s new portrait competition celebrates its first President, Adeline Genée. But who was she – and how did she rise from the music hall to the peak of British ballet? Carol Martin reveals the woman behind the porcelain princess.

Founding Father

The French painter Poussin is often called the father of classicism. He was also fascinated by dance – so Rosemary Waugh asks a choreographer and a curator to delve into his paintings.

Shake It Up

As calls for racial equity in dance teaching grow, Isaac Ouro-Gnao asks what tangible action looks like and explores how to bring about change.

Walk Tall

A migrant child crossed Europe this summer. What makes Amal unusual is that she is an 11-foot puppet who draws crowds wherever she goes. She began her journey in Turkey, where Altuğ Akin sees her welcomed by Izmir’s folk dancers.

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Dance Gazette guest editors

Throughout 2020, three guest editors have taken the helm of Dance Gazette, presenting the RAD and its work through their eyes and the lens of another industry, providing an alternative perspective
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Dance Gazette Commemorative Folder

You can still buy commemorative copies of our 2020 guest-edited editions of Dance Gazette.
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A selection of articles from previous editions of Dance Gazette

Dance Gazette to Your Screen 

Challenge and change Facing up to challenges is very 2020 – but it isn't easy. David Jays, Dance Gazette editor, selects some inspiring articles about…
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10 from 10

David Jays, Dance Gazette editor, selects some favourite feature articles – one from each year of the past decade. At this strange, scary moment, it…
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Who run the world?

From strut to slut drop, Beyoncé has given modern pop its most iconic moves. Lyndsey Winship asks her choreographers and other experts what dancers can…
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The buck stops here

Dance Gazette celebrates dancing women as leaders, creators, role models. Anna Winter meets three inspirational women. A century since the first British women got the vote,…
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Fonteyn Icon

Ballerina assoluta, fashion heroine and RAD President, Margot Fonteyn was the ultimate ballet icon. Anna Winter traces her unique impact on dance. Margot Fonteyn at…
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Looking for leaders

Heading a ballet company isn't easy. Mess it up and the end can be brutal. Sarah Crompton meets directors who have stayed the course, and…
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National treasure

As Karen Kain receives the RAD's most prestigious award, she tells David Jays that her stellar career happened almost by accident. Karen Kain. Photo: Karolina…
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From The World, To The World

A host of objects from the RAD's rich history appear in an illuminating museum display. How do the curators choose which stories to tell, and…
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If you don't want a robot to steal your job, you need the arts!

As the RAD celebrates its centenary with a major display at the V&A, the museum's director Tristram Hunt discusses the importance of arts education. Tristram…
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And the category is

Voguing and classical ballet seem worlds apart, but Gareth was eager to bring them together. Anna Winter invites leaders from these very different worlds to…
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Ballet boys, b-boys and superheroes

Do boys still have a problem with dance? Is ballet especially daunting? Sanjoy Roy meets ballet boys, b-boys and superheroes. I walk through a foyer…
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Bodies Don't Lie

How does a dance company create new work? Is it unlike an actor's process? Our guest editor Noma Dumezweni watches the Alvin Ailey company rehearse,…
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