I only see paper copies of the UK magazines, so I’ll focus on them. First I have to declare an interest as I write regularly for “Dance Europe”
. However, it is also my favourite. Just today in fact I was looking through the latest issue with a friend. We agreed that the layout and images are excellent and make it very attractive. Although the Editor, Emma Manning, is from the ballet world, she admires modern and other dance forms and the magazine reflects her eclectic taste. Most of the writers are ex-dancers (I’m one of the exceptions) and this means that dance artists are rarely skewered in the way that can happen in the UK national newspapers. It’s primarily about dance today, as opposed to a historical perspective.
The quarterly, “Dance Now”
, features longer pieces and fewer images. The focus is mainly, but not entirely, ballet and the writers are often authorities in their respective fields. Historic themes are included and there is a lot of good material. “Dance Theatre Journal”
is usually about two-thirds modern/contemporary dance and has a style somewhere between popular and journal. It is highly respected in the dance profession and explores areas and themes that the others don’t. “Dancing Times”
is the largest selling UK magazine. It includes material about schools and technique, so it doesn’t fit so well with my interests. The Editor, Mary Clarke, is one of the most respected UK dance writers.
Similarly, “Dance Expression”
with its wide coverage of both performance and social dance goes beyond my personal interests, so I tend not to see it regularly.
Like silvia I'm keen to hear about the magazines that others enjoy from the UK, US and elsewhere. If you can, please provide a link to the websites of any magazines you mention.
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