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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…

Alston describes his influences and creative process when choreographing The Rite of Spring (1981), Night Music (1981), and Pulcinella (1987), which he was in the process of creating at the time of this interview.Biographical note:Richard Alston was…

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…

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…

Ashley talks about having preference for certain roles. She didn't think she would get the role of Sanguinic in The Four Temperaments, but then did and had very little time to prepare. She also talks about her difficulty learning certain…

Christensen recalls his experiences working with George Balanchine during the formative period of American ballet in New York City. He tells how be became the first American to dance the role of Apollo in Balanchine's ballet of the same…

Youskevitch tells how he was recruited to become a dancer, and his effort to master the role of Albrecht in the classical ballet Giselle. Biographical note: Born in the Ukraine in 1912, Youskevitch and his family fled the Russian Revolution to settle…

Lazowsky looks back on his time in the ballet Petrouchka, where there was not much dancing except in the last scene. He states that on the stage and life there needs to be sincerity, which he applied in Petrouchka in a scene when it came to crying…

LeClercq primarily discusses creating the role of Choleric in The Four Temperaments, but delves into experiences with other ballets. She describes working with Balanchine and Jerome Robbins as well as other dancers at the Ballet Society/New York City…

In the interview, Park discusses her initial role as understudy for Lise in Fille mal Gardee. She discusses the collaboration between the dancers and the choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton. This interview has not been published in any of Newman's…

Seymour discusses her role as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, focusing on originating the role in Kenneth MacMillan's production and her frequent partner, Christopher Gable. Biographical note: Lynn Seymour, dancer and choreographer, was born in…

Haydée discusses Juliet, the role created for her, and working with John Cranko, who gave her the confidence she needed to define her own Juliet. She also discusses what dancers contribute to their respective roles. This interview was not included…

Madsen talks about the choreographer, John Cranko, and the relationship between choreographers and dancers in general. This interview was not included in Newman's books.Biographical note:Born in Denmark in 1942, Madsen first took the stage at age 10…

Martins discusses his enormous love for dance, and his motivations for becoming a dancer.Biographical note:Peter Martins was born in 1946. He first danced with the New York City Ballet in a production of George Balanchine's Apollo in 1967. He became…

Larsen talks about becoming a dancer and the technique of miming. He discusses his debut in a Balanchine product of Boutique Phantasm as a young man. He also offers an in-depth analysis of the role of Dr. Coppelius in the classical ballet…
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