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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…

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…

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…

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…

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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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…

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…

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.

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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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Wall discusses the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet, the emotional life of the characters, and applying the narrative dynamics of the play to the ballet.Biographical note:David Wall was born in 1946 and trained at the Royal Ballet School. He toured…

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…

bergsma1979jul25_sideb_clip.mp3
Bergsma addresses her non-traditional height and the difficulty it produced to dance with others because of it. She says she was always happiest dancing by herself. When she danced with a partner, she left it up to them to “take over,” but she was…

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Kelly discusses his early training in Rhodesia, coming to dance for the London Festival Ballet, and his sojourn with companies in New Zealand and Zurich. The bulk of the interview is an extended discussion of the role of the Prodigal Son, which Kelly…

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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…

macleary1979may17_sidea_clip.mp3
MacLeary discusses his role as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake. Biographical note: MacLeary was born in Glasgow in 1937. He began his training with Sheila Ross in Inverness shortly before he entered Sadler’s Wells Ballet School and joined Sadler’s…

madsen1979jul03_sidea_clip.mp3
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…

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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…

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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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…

Tomasson, Helgi_1991_Chris Stewart.jpg
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…

Helgi Tomasson, 1991. Photograph by Chris Stewart.
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…

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Tomasson talks about the difference between dancing to please an audience and dancing to please oneself, the self-criticism of dancers, and his own process.Biographical note:Born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1942, Tomasson began his career at age fifteen…

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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…

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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…
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