Interview with Leon Danielian

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Interview with Leon Danielian
Danielian, Leon, 1920-1997 (Interviewee)
Terry, Walter (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1976
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTCO 3-820 Side 2
Danielian, Leon, 1920-1997
Male dancers
Content: Title supplied by cataloger.
Venue: Recorded by Walter Terry ca. 1976? New York (New York)
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 Terry
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (approximately 48 min.)
Sound quality overall ranges from very good to very poor. The recording is marred by "tape hiss" and there are segments where the voices are extremely distorted; these segments significantly increase in frequency and length at approximately 36:50 minutes into the streaming audio file.
Interview with Leon Danielian conducted by Walter Terry in New York City, probably in or around 1976, as research for his book Great male dancers of the ballet (Garden City, NY: Anchor Books, 1978). Streaming audio file (approximately 48 minutes). Leon Danielian speaks with Walter Terry about some of the eminent American danseurs of his generation; playing to the audience, including an anecdote about dancing in a movie house; his first teacher Seda [Madame Seda Suny]; training with Mikhail Mordkin; Anton Dolan and his influence on Danielian; his reasons for leaving Ballet Theatre [later American Ballet Theatre]; joining the Ballets russes du Col. W. de Basil and leaving just before the South American tour; the effect of World War II on American male ballet dancers in the United States; his large repertoire; his self-image as a dancer; Nora Kaye; training male dancers [beginning at approximately 36:50, the frequency and length of sections marred by severe distortion increases significantly]; his demi-caractère roles.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 954469982
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118644
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b5ab81b0-7956-0136-dc97-4564dc81985b
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Item timeline of events

  • 1920: Creator Born
  • 1976: Created
  • 1997: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Leon Danielian" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1976.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Leon Danielian" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 26, 2022.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1976). Interview with Leon Danielian Retrieved from

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Interview with Leon Danielian