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

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.


Begin again

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 Have the MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements finally forced a rethink of outdated behaviours?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.

Forever Amber
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.

Break through
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.

Step change
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.

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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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