Never Far from Dancing

Biography

Interviews from Barbara Newman's 2013 book Never Far from Dancing: Ballet Artists in New Roles.

Kelly describes what first attracted him to dance and his primary influences and inspirations. He explains that his years as a dancers were ultimately leading him to his true passion; dance education. Being a teachers has kept him involved in ballet…

Alonso discusses what her most important career influences have been; dancing and dance itself. She was always very self-critical and aimed to constantly improve her dancing, despite being complimented by others. Since there were not many places to…

Grey talks about how she didn't plan anything for her career beyond dancing and how she fell into the role of dance educator. She describes how each dancer brings a unique interpretation to the role. Biographical note: Born in London in 1927, Grey…

Bonnefoux discusses his take on dance education and teaching style, saying that "teaching is not about serving tradition, it's about serving them [the students]." He also discusses major changes and trends in the dance community since he started out.…

In this interview, Mason mostly discusses her earliest days working at The Royal Ballet. She had only been in school for a year when she had been picked to perform with the company, having taken the place of another company member who had gotten…

As the only interviewee from the 1990s who is still dancing, Ananiashvili discusses the evolution of her signature role of Giselle and how life changes, including her new role as director, different dance partners, and new repertories, instinctively…

Sibley discusses her return to dancing after an 18-month "retirement" in which she gave birth twice. After being asked by Sir Frederick Ashton to perform in a gala in his honor, Sibley was asked to repeat the role several more times. She went on to…

Wall discusses the importance of theater/drama in maintaining and encouraging his interest in dance. He also discusses his influences, including dancers David Blair, John Cranko and Rudolph Nureyev, as well as actor John Scofield.Biographical…

Seymour talks about how the film The Red Shoes and Beethoven's symphonies hooked her into dance. She knew at a very young age that she would need to dance to live. She talks about her major influences in dance: Frederick Ashton, her ballet master in…

In this interview, Ashley describes the expectations that were placed on her as a dancer, like speed and clarity. She describes how these expectations intersected and overlapped with her expectations for herself. Biographical note:Merrill Ashley was…