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The Guardian appoints Lyndsey Winship as dance critic

Lyndsey Winship has been appointed dance critic at The Guardian following Judith Mackrell's decision to step down from the role.

Lyndsey, who has contributed to The Guardian's arts coverage for several years, will take up the post in September. She was previously dance critic at the London Evening Standard and dance editor at Time Out. She has also authored a book, 'Being a Dancer'.

Judith, who began as The Guardian's dance critic in 1995, has enjoyed success with her books 'Bloomsbury Ballerina', 'Flappers' and 'The Unfinished Palazzo'. She will continue to write about dance for The Guardian.

On her appointment, Lyndsey said: "I'm really excited to be joining The Guardian. I've always been a huge admirer of Judith's writing so it's an honour to pick up the mantle from her. There's so much that's interesting, awe-inspiring, provocative and just plain beautiful happening in the world of dance and I'm looking forward to sharing that with readers."

Judith commented: "Dance has been so very generous to me as a writer, and The Guardian such a fantastic platform, that I feel I'm walking away from my own dream job. But I've been doing it for 32 years (nine of them at the Independent before I joined The Guardian) and if it's time for me to focus on other projects it's also time to hand the mic to another voice. I'm delighted that it's going to be Lyndsey – she is a terrific writer and I'm much looking forward to the very fresh and different energy she’ll be bringing to the paper."

Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media, added: "Lyndsey is a bright and perceptive critic with a keen understanding of dance in all its many forms. We are thrilled that she is joining our team of arts critics. 

"Judith's elegant writing and depth of knowledge have been a central part of The Guardian's arts coverage for more than two decades. We are very pleased she will continue to write for us on a regular basis."

by Jessie Sampson 22/05/18

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