Interview with Helen Priest Rogers, 1972
NamesRogers, Helen Priest (Interviewee)Hubbard, Vickery (Interviewer)American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (Contributor)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1972-02-20
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-542
TopicsRogers, Helen PriestBennington College., School of the Dance, 1934-1942Dance teachersDance -- Study and teachingDance notationLabanotation
NotesCitation/reference: For transcript of interview, see *MGZMT 3-542.Content: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Vickery Hubbard 1972, February 20 South Hadley (Mass.)Funding: The conservation and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.Acquisition: Gift American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and RecreationContent: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 48 minutes). Helen Priest Rogers speaks with Vickery Hubbard about changes she has seen in students since she began teaching;her consistent approach to her teaching methods; her focus on winning dance its deserved recognition as an art; the origins of her career in dance, at the Bennington Summer School of the Dance; her early dance training including with Alice Bentley; attending New College Columbia [New College for the Education of Teachers; created under Teachers College at Columbia University]; taking class with Martha Graham, and performing with her company at the Bennington Summer School of the Dance; studying Labonotation with Albrecht Knust in Germany; formation of the Dance Notation Bureau and its goal of a unified system of choreographic notation; her attempts to record some of Graham's works; marrying and moving to Ottawa, Canada; her return to teaching, at Mount Holyoke College; how notation contributes to a dancer's education; her thoughts on the teaching of composition and technique including the role of improvisation; the value of all kinds of dance as a principle of her teaching; the difficulties in teaching ethnic dance; dance education at an academic institution compared with that in a professional environment; the inter-departmental aspects of the dance program at Mount Holyoke College; Louis Horst and his influence, generally stated, on choreographers.Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 28 minutes). Helen Priest Rogers speaks with Vickery Hubbard about the recent trend toward less formalism in dance; the role of public performances in dance education; lecture-demonstrations and dance audiences; the place of dance education in a university curriculum; current trends including the ballet renaissance; the need to develop and use notation more [recording ends at approximately 27:05 minutes].
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 1 hr., 16 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ipsSound quality is good overall. The recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise, and the final approximate 1:30 minutes of streaming audio file 2 is blank.
DescriptionInterview with Helen Priest Rogers conducted by Vickery Hubbard on February 20, 1972, in South Hadley, Massachusetts, for the archives of the Dance Division of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 80124458NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118330Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b479fb50-795f-0136-0ac0-0b9de1e88149
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