Interview with Dorothy Alexander, 1977
NamesAlexander, Dorothy, 1904-1986Terry, Walter (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1977
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-854
TopicsAlexander, Dorothy, 1904-1986Atlanta Civic BalletAtlanta Ballet
NotesStatement of responsibility: Walter TerryContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Walter Terry 1977 Augusta (Ga.)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 Walter TerryContent: Streaming audio file 1 (approximately 17 minutes). Walter Terry records a series of questions he would like to ask Dorothy Alexander as research for his book on regional ballet; topics include: her company, Dorothy Alexander Concert Dancers, founded in 1928; the development of regional ballet from seasonal festivals to standing companies; the relationship between the growth in regional ballet and standards of technique, choreography, and teaching as well as audience preferences in the relevant regions; funding sources; whether dance that disturbs should have a place on regional dance programs.Content: Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 57 minutes). [Sound quality is poor.] Dorothy Alexander records her answers to Walter Terry's questions as well as speaking about other topics including: her own training and dance career; the formation of the Atlanta Civic Ballet [now the Atlanta Ballet]; the development of regional ballet companies throughout the United States; what she sees as the purpose of regional ballet. After listening to the recording of herself, Alexander adds a few clarifying remarks.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 2 audiocassettes (approximately 1 hr., 14 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ipsSound quality is good in streaming audio file 1. It is poor in streaming audio file 2; the interviewee's voice is very soft and difficult to understand, and the recording is marred by occasional bursts of noise.
DescriptionWalter Terry records a series of questions to be answered by Dorothy Alexander (streaming audio file 1; approximately 16 minutes); Dorothy Alexander records her responses (streaming audio file 2; approximately 57 minutes), in Augusta, Georgia, in 1977. The interview is conducted as part of Terry's research for a book on regional ballet. It is not clear if this book was ever published.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 77985570NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118718Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c876bd40-795f-0136-3fe0-3f3d8b4442ce
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