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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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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…

David Bintley. Photographer Unknown.
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,…

gable1979jul31_tape2_sidea_clip.mp3
Gable discusses what makes a great solo: appearing organic and adding to the story, instead of stopping the story. Good choreography, he feels, should be an expression of an emotion, not an expression of dancing. Gable discusses the difficult work of…

sarry1979apr26_sidea_clip.mp3
Sarry talks about learning the role of Swanilda in Coppelia and crafting a "flashy" ending for her final performance of the Aurora Variation.Biographical note: Sarry got her start in the ballet world when she was scouted by the Joffrey Ballet in high…

fracci1979oct17_sidea_clip.mp3
Fracci discusses her first appearance on stage as a singer in La Boheme at age 10, and the inspiration of seeing Margot Fonteyn in Sleeping Beauty at age 12.Biographical note: Fracci was born in Milan in 1936. She joined La Scala Theatre Ballet in…

Bruce Sansom. Photograph by Jerry Telfer.
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…

marks1979apr21_sidea_clip.mp3
Marks discusses his role as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. He presents his interpretation of a particular scene in Swan Lake where Prince Siegfried spots Odette. Marks speaks about the intuitiveness of the Prince's character, and wishes for more…

Berky_Bob_1989.mp3
Berky discusses his journey from the world of classical music, to theater, and then to the circus. He talks about his early roots as an athlete and how that impacted his work as a mime, his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War and subsequent work with…

grey1979jul24_sidea_clip.mp3
Grey discusses her notion of a "musical dancer" which was a term often used to describe her style. Grey discusses the importance of a good conductor in ballet performances, learning about the role of Giselle from Audrey De Vos, and the challenge of…

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…

Chorley_Asya_1987.mp3
Chorley discusses Sotheby's role as a dealer and their relationship to buyers, private collections and museums. Chorley emphasizes the importance of provenance and discloses that many fakes exist on the market. Her obligation is to authenticate…

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…

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…

Antionette Sibley.jpg
Sibley discusses her training at Sadler's Wells School and her roles in classical ballet, focusing on Swan Lake. She explains what it means to be a musical dancer and the huge impact music played in helping her interpret roles. Sibley speaks about…

Anne Marie Vessel. Photographer Unknown.
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.

vilzak1979may23_saidea_clip 2.mp3
Vilzak talks about learning and dancing the classical ballet repertory in tsarist Russia. The principal works discussed are Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. In the interview clip, Vilzak reminisces about watching dancers perform from the…

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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alonso1979jul19_sidea_clip.mp3
Alonso talks about her approach to learning lead roles (such as Giselle) from observing steps, entrances, and exits while in the corps de ballet (chorus). She discusses her "famous year" in bed, rehearsing steps on her fingers from memory. Alonso…

Schouvaloff_Alexander_1987.mp3
In anticipation of its opening, Schouvaloff defines the Theatre Museum's scope, mission, and its importance within the context of contemporary London culture.Biographical note:Descended from Russian aristocrats, Alexander Schouvaloff was born in…

grant1979jul09_sidea_clip.mp3
Grant talks about finding inspiration as a young dancer, his first professional performances in England, and some of his many collaborations with choreographer Frederick Ashton, who created many roles for Grant. For most of the interview, Grant…

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…
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