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.
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, moving online – became unavoidable. Life dragged us along, and we had to adjust. In the past year, I’ve watched 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).
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.
As ballet companies return to the stage, will it be business as usual, or time for change? Have the MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements finally forced a rethink of outdated behaviours? Sally Howard asks young dancers what they need and expect – from auditions to representation, from casting to pastoral care.
Amber Scott, Australian Ballet’s star ballerina, has been an RAD favourite ever since she won a medal at the Genée. This year, the RAD’s flagship competition (now named The Fonteyn) is online, including coaching sessions for the candidates with star dancers like Amber. She tells Jane Albert about passing it forward – online.
Get ready for breakdance as an Olympic sport. South Korean dancers are sure to be among the favourites at the 2024 games in Paris. David D Lee meets the b-boys – and the few b-girls – in Seoul.
Sanjoy Roy meets people working to make dance greener – including the architect of the RAD’s new headquarters, who says the last thing you’d expect from an architect: ‘Do we even need more new buildings in the world?’
Fresh faces at the lake
Anna Winter speaks to choreographers making new versions of Swan Lake. Strange but true: star dance makers Hofesh Shechter and Marie Chouinard have never even seen Swan Lake.
Writing the dance
When the American novelist Brandon Taylor – whose debut, Real Life, was on the Booker prize shortlist – saw World Ballet Day online, he said ‘it was the best thing I’d ever seen.’ Now his new collection of stories is built around dance.