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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Latest Issue

Editor’s welcome

RAD CEO Tim Arthur. Photo by Spiros Politis.

This issue of Dance Gazette explores the idea of home. We celebrate the RAD’s new global headquarters and offer a unique audio tour of Battersea, the RAD’s London neighbourhood. We discover how dance can feel like home for the LGBTQ+ community, how choreographer Bronislava Nijinska created a masterpiece in exile, and how dance teachers and artists balance a demanding career with equally demanding caring responsibilities. And we also meet Tim Arthur, the RAD’s enthusiastic new Chief Executive. 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.


Where dance happens
The RAD’s new global headquarters will let the Academy spread its wings. Sarah Crompton explores the building and meets the people who made it happen.

Meet the boss
Tim Arthur has worked in theatre, publishing and finance, and now he’s the RAD’s new Chief Executive. He tells David Jays about his love of the arts and unexpected dancing past.

Welcome to Battersea
Take Veronica Horwell’s unique audio tour through Battersea’s rich history – a place of pets, parks and power, and home to the RAD.

Here, queer and dancing
A male pairing on the British tv’s Strictly Come Dancing shone a spotlight on the LGBTQ+ dance scene. Emily Garside explores the history and power of queer dance.

Taking care
Dance is a demanding career – especially when you also have caring responsibilities at home. Georgina Lawton hears about the challenges of combining them.

Long way from home
Bronislava Nijinska’s greatest ballet, Les Noces, is a Russian tragedy created in exile. As it approaches its centenary, Lynn Garafola traces its evolution and shattering effect.

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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

Shake It Up

In recognition of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we're featuring an article from Dance Gazette in which Isaac Ouro-Gnao asks – as…
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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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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…
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Here, queer and dancing

A male pairing on the British tv show Strictly Come Dancing shone a spotlight on the LGBTQ+ dance scene. Emily Garside explores the history and power of…
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