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Phillips_Ailne_1985_A.mp3
Ailne Phillips discusses teaching at Sadler's Wells Ballet School under the direction of the "extraordinary" Ninette de Valois (referred to here simply as "Madam"), including the structure of the school and style of coaching and instruction. In…

Dunlop_Geoff_1985.mp3
Geoff Dunlap discusses his career as videographer for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, filming them for British Television. Mr. Dunlop describes Merce Cunningham as a singular genius who is consistent and ordered with an inquiring mind, always…

Paxton_Steve_1986_A.mp3
In this interview, Paxton discusses using improvisation and the process of stepping back to look at how forms influence what's created. He also discusses working with the Extemporary Dance Theatre on his work Audible Scenery which he was involved in…

Flavin_Tim_1985.mp3
Tim Flavin discusses his early roots in Texas, through his move to New York City, getting his union card, starting on the stage, and finally ending in London before his performance of Dracula (1986) at the Lyric Hammersmith.Biographical note:Tim…

Mitchell_Arthur_1986.mp3
Mitchell discusses a grant received from the Greater London Council to fund a year's training for five black English students at his New York school. The conversation extends into Mitchell's larger approach to ballet training, touching upon issues of…

Gayle_David_1985.mp3
Gayle discusses the beginnings of the Royal Ballet Summer School, the people involved, and the finer administrative details of running a dance program, and of students' life while at the program. He cites Anya Linden, Lady Sainsbury as the first to…

Leonard_David_1986.mp3
Leonard discusses his work in publishing books on dance. He elaborates on coverage of Russian Ballet (the Bolshoi), and photography books of dance.Biographical note:David Leonard is the managing director of Dance Books Ltd., the English bookselling…

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Henderson_Gavin_1987.mp3
Gavin Henderson discusses the Brighton Festival, which he has been director of since 1984. The festival gives Brighton's arts and artists exposure and brings new art to the city.Biographical note:Born in 1948, Gavin Henderson is a native of Brighton,…

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Layton_Joe_1988.mp3
Layton discusses the difficulty of finding good experienced dancers in London because there are too many shows and not enough dancers, which affects the quality. Conversely in New York, there are not enough shows and too many dancers. Layton…

Jurgensen_Knud_1989.mp3
Jürgensen reveals that he trained as a dancer in Copenhagen and Paris from age sixteen to nineteen before attending the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, and eventually the University of Copenhagen, to study Musicology. He then explains how his…

Kustow_Michael_1989.mp3
In this interview, Kustow discusses at length how his career in contemporary dance developed through his interest in contemporary music. He describes being a student at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in the late 1960s and John Cage's influence on…

Kent_Allegra_1988.mp3
Kent discusses coaching the Royal Ballet's production of Bugaku, and approaches in movement required by certain ballets, for instance, the extremes required by Balanchine ballets. Relates early motivation for choosing to study ballet and her early…

Alicia Alonso 2008.mp3
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…

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Beryl Grey 2009.mp3
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…

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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.…

Monica Mason 2008.mp3
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…

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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_2009.mp3
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_2008.mp3
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_2008.mp3
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…

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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…

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