Interview with Betty Lynd Thompson, 1978
NamesThompson, Betty Lynd (Interviewee)Atkinson, Pearl (Interviewer)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978-10-13
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-1005
TopicsGraham, MarthaThompson, Betty LyndOregon., State College, CorvallisDance -- Study and teachingDance teachers -- United States
NotesContent: Title supplied by cataloger.Venue: Recorded by Pearl Atkinson 1978, Corvallis (Or.)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 National Dance AssociationContent: Streaming file 1 (approximately 30 minutes). [Introductory remarks]. Betty Lynd Thompson, staff member at Oregon State University from 1927-1971, speaks with Pearl Atkinson about the beginnings of her career as a dance teacher including her teacher Margaret [Newell] D'Houbler; the concept of modern dance, then known as "natural dance," at the time; her training, with Martha Graham and Hanya Holm, and at Bennington College; bringing Martha Graham to Oregon in 1940 including the local response as well as Thompson's arranging of a performance for children; her dance classes at Oregon State College; her touring company; her book entitled: Fundamentals of rhythm and dance, with an analysis of the rhythmic approach in teaching dance skills (1933); the teaching manual she created based on her course syllabuses; Miriam Lidster.Content: Streaming file 2 (approximately 26 minutes). Betty Lynd Thompson speaks with Betty Lynd Thompson about student performances; musical accompaniment for her classes; teaching at other venues; her ceramics hobby; creating a cooperative relationship with her students; her thoughts on improvisation; teaching older people; Thompson reads aloud, from her "last book" [title not given], an excerpt that describes her philosophy of dance.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 56 min.) : quarter-track; 1.875 ips.Sound quality is good. The recording is marred by "tape hiss," but the speakers' voices are clear and easily intelligible.
DescriptionInterview with Betty Lynd Thompson conducted by Pearl Atkinson on October 13, 1978 in Corvallis, Oregon, as an NDA [National Dance Association] oral history interview.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 82814229NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118907Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): bdcfe7d0-b311-0133-9e73-3c07547a230f
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