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 Note

In this issue of Dance Gazette we meet some of the other new artistic leaders who are responding to the demands of the 21st century, and enjoy a revealing exit interview with Luke Rittner, the RAD’s retiring Chief Executive. As West Side Story marches towards the Oscars, we also explore dance on film, with voices from India and South Korea, from the Netherlands and the USA. Grab yourself some popcorn and tuck in.
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.


Leading the way

Carlos Acosta’s life would have been very different without ballet. So he is committed to sharing the artform and its opportunities – as artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet and through a new partnership with the RAD. David Jays reports.

New Reality

Demands on dance companies are changing rapidly – and they require new kinds of leaders. Three newly-appointed directors of prominent companies tell Deirdre Kelly about what it takes to make a difference.

Luke Rittner: exit interview

Dance Gazette invites RAD National Directors to put questions to Luke Rittner as he prepares to stand down as Chief Executive. What are his proudest achievements and fondest memories?

Say it with silence

A colourful new film based on the classic ballet Coppélia puts live action alongside animation. The cast of star dancers had to discover how to communicate on camera.

Singing and dancing in the rain

Rain-drenched song and dance is a staple of Indian films: romantic and dangerous. Sally Howard and Geetanjali Krishna chart the past and future of this key Bollywood motif.

Moving Pictures

When dance meets film, magic can happen. Isaac Ouro-Gnao speaks to the makers of three striking new movies: documentary, fashion film and major Hollywood musical.

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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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