Grace Under Pressure

Biography

Interviews from Barbara Newman's 2004 book Grace Under Pressure: Passing Dance Through Time.

Anne Marie Vessel is a Danish ballet dancer and director. She trained at the Royal Danish Ballet school before joining the company in 1965. She was appointed Director of the company in 1988.

Richard Thomas was an American ballet dancer and teacher. He danced with the American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Ballet Alicia Alonso (now National Ballet of Cuba), and New York City Ballet. He and his wife, Barbara Fallis, founded…

Margaret Mercier is a Canadian ballet dancer and teacher. She trained at the Royal Ballet School before joining the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet). She has taught at the Royal Danish Ballet school and the Swedish Ballet…

Marc du Bouays is a French ballet dancer and teacher. He trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet school before becoming a member of the company in 1968. He has danced with English National Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet and Northern Ballet Theatre. In 1982, he…

Yuri Fateyev is a Russian ballet dancer, teacher, and director. He trained at the Vaganova Academy. In 1982 he joined the Kirov Ballet (now Mariinsky Ballet), he has since acted as company teacher, ballet master, and Acting Director since 2008.

Francia Russell is an American ballet dancer, master, and director. She trained at the San Francisco Ballet school. She has danced with the New York City Ballet and with Jerome Robbins' Ballet U.S.A. She acted as ballet master at the New York City…

Irina Kolpakova is a Russian ballet dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She trained at the Leningrad Choreographic School before becoming the prima ballerina at the Kirov Ballet (now Mariinsky Ballet). She went on to choreograph and teach at the…

Kathryn Wade trained, danced, and taught at the Royal Ballet School in London, U.K.. In 1992 she was appointed Director of the English National Ballet School. Following her tenure as Director, she returned to the Royal Ballet School as Principal of…

Robert Denvers is a Belgian ballet dancer and director. He has danced with the Strasbourg Opera Ballet, the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, and Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the 20th Century. From 1979 to 1986, he lead his own New York studio, the…

Shelley Washington is an American ballet dancer and master. She trained at the Interlochen Arts Academy and Juilliard School of Music. She has danced with the companies of Martha Graham and Twyla Tharp as well as the American Ballet Theatre, where…

Suki Schorer is an American ballet dancer, teacher, and author. She trained at the San Francisco Ballet School and the School of American Ballet before joining the New York City Ballet in 1959, where she remained until 1972. In her retirement, she…

Suki Schorer is an American ballet dancer, teacher, and author. She trained at the San Francisco Ballet School and the School of American Ballet before joining the New York City Ballet in 1959, where she remained until 1972. In her retirement, she…

Robert Denvers is a Belgian ballet dancer and director. He has danced with the Strasbourg Opera Ballet, the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, and Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the 20th Century. From 1979 to 1986, he lead his own New York studio, the…

Violette Verdy is a French ballet dancer, director, and professor. She has danced with Les Ballets de Paris, the London Festival Ballet, Ballet Rambert, Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the New York City Ballet. She has acted as the…

Mark Morris is an American ballet dancer, choreographer, and director. He has danced with Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble and the Laura Dean, Hannah Kahn, Eliot Feld and Lar Lubovitch companies. He has acted as Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal…

Sorella Englund is a Finnish ballet dancer, master, and teacher. She trained at the Finnish National Opera ballet school before joining the Royal Danish Ballet where she performed from 1966 to 1978. She has acted as the ballet master at the Boston…

Helgi Tomasson is an Icelandic ballet dancer, choreographer, and director. He trained at the National School of Reykjavik and the School of American Ballet. He danced with the Joffrey Ballet, Harkness Ballet, and as the principal of the New York City…

Maina Gielgud is a British ballet dancer and director. She has danced with Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the 20th Century, Deutsche Oper Berlin, London Festival Ballet, and the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet). From 1983-96 she…

Maina Gielgud is a British ballet dancer and director. She has danced with Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the 20th Century, Deutsche Oper Berlin, London Festival Ballet, and the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet). From 1983-96 she…

David Bintley is a British ballet dancer, choreographer, and director. He trained at the Royal Ballet School where he choreographed his first work at 16. He danced with the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) and Royal Ballet,…

Kathryn Wade trained, danced, and taught at the Royal Ballet School in London, U.K.. In 1992 she was appointed Director of the English National Ballet School. Following her tenure as Director, she returned to the Royal Ballet School as Principal of…

Jean-Pierre Frohlich is an American ballet dancer, master, and choreographer. He trained at the School of American Ballet before joining the New York City Ballet, where he performed as a soloist and went on to become a ballet master. He is now a…

Jean-Pierre Frohlich is an American ballet dancer, master, and choreographer. He trained at the School of American Ballet before joining the New York City Ballet, where he performed as a soloist and went on to become a ballet master. He is now a…

Violette Verdy is a French ballet dancer, director, and professor. She has danced with Les Ballets de Paris, the London Festival Ballet, Ballet Rambert, Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the New York City Ballet. She has acted as the…

Bruce Sansom is a British dancer, teacher, and director. He trained at the Royal Ballet School before joining the company in 1982. He has also danced with the Australian Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Scottish Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. From…

Helgi Tomasson is an Icelandic ballet dancer, choreographer, and director. He trained at the National School of Reykjavik and the School of American Ballet. He danced with the Joffrey Ballet, Harkness Ballet, and as the principal of the New York City…