International in scope, the Dancing Times is the longest-running and most important dance periodical in Britain. It forms a unique chronicle of 20th century classical and non-classical dance. Interviews with, and reviews and articles on, performers, choreographers, composers, designers and performances in London, Paris, Moscow, New York and elsewhere have been regular features of the journal since its inception.
Russian ballet, classical and popular dance are all fully documented. The first ballet review and interview of Lydia Kyasht of the Imperial Dancing Academy in St. Petersburg appears in the December 1910 issue; the Diaghlev ballets are covered from their first London visit in 1911. Also among the great names included are Frederick Ashton, Anton Dolin, Isadora Duncan, Margot Fonteyn, Fred Astaire, Adeline Genee, Robert Helpmann, Gene Kelly, Alicia Markova, Nijinsky, Nureyev, Anna Pavlova, Marie Rambert and Victor Silvester. Waltz and tango, cinema and musical, classical ballet and modern dance, and the dance styles introduced with ragtime and jazz are some of the dance forms given comprehensive coverage.
Music in dance is represented by commentaries and reviews of work by Berlioz, Bizet, Borodin, de Falla, Delibes, Gershwin, Grieg, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Ravel, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Walton and many other major composers. The different interpretations and productions of their work throughout the 20th century offer ready-made subjects for both dance and music historians.
This microfilm edition is reproduced from the publisher's own complete set, and includes annual indexes which appeared up to 1964. The index appears complete in the first reel of Part One, and the relevant section of the index appears also at the end of each year's issues.
Part One: 1910-1930
Part Two: 1931-1951
Complete Collection: 30 reels