There are a few magazines on the market that are either specifically aimed at the ballet industry, or who have a core focus on ballet. I tend to go a bit overboard when it comes to buying magazines, so I have narrowed down my subscription to two magazines. One digital, one print.
The digital magazine, that I subscribe to is Pointe. It’s a US-based publication, with pretty much a 100% focus on ballet. It is published once every two months. Print versions of the magazine are available, but as I am an avid iPad user, it just made sense for me to subscribe to the digital version.
Pointe is 52 pages long, including covers and has a varied selection of articles, opinions, interviews and news stories. Most of the pieces are on US dancers, but as most of the dancers featured in the magazine are part of travelling companies, the likelihood is that as a Brit, you would be able to see them perform. They also do feature international dancers, include those that are based in the UK, and there were more than plenty of names that I recognised.
There are plenty of full pages photos, with incredible imagery using staff photographers as well as photos owned by either dancer or agency. The front cover of Pointe magazine is always a studio shot of one of more dancers, that are then interviewed and featured in the magazine later on.
Features within Pointe magazine include ‘Your Style’, ‘Call Board’, and ’Show and Tell’ which focus on a ballet dancer’s individual clothing style, notes from ballet companies and showing what a specific pro dancer has in their dance bag, respectively.
A really great read!
The other magazine that I subscribe to, and this one is in print and based in the UK, is Dancing Times. This publication is 124 pages including covers and is aimed at mostly ballet, but also modern and tap.
The articles inside Dancing Times generally cover the UK dance scene and include news stories, interest pieces, features and opinion pieces.
One of the most useful regular features within Dancing Times is the calendar of events. This shows you National and International listings for various ballet companies and venues.
Although Dancing Times is not 100% focused on ballet, it’s still a really good read, and does tend to veer more towards ballet than any of the other disciplines. It’s not available, as yet, from the high street, so I buy it though Newsstand, online.