Dance on: Sarah Petronio

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Petronio, Sarah (Interviewee)
Mahoney, Billie (Producer)
Kelly, Ann (Director)
Dance Films Association (Associated name)

Dance On Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1994-06-13
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 4999
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5555 (former)
Slyde, Jimmy
Tap dancing
Improvisation in dance
Music and dance
Statement of responsibility: produced by Billie Mahoney in association with Dance Films Association ; directed by Ann Kelly.
Venue: Videotaped for the public access cable television program Dance on: With Billie Mahoney in Kansas City, Mo., on June 13, 1994 ; produced through the facilities of American Cablevision of Kansas City, Inc.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (30 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Tap dancer Sarah Petronio discusses the terms "jazz tap" and "rhythm tap," and her preference for a "jazz mode" in dancing. She remembers her childhood in India, where she began dancing and developed a taste for jazz music in cosmopolitan Bombay. After immigrating to New York, she studied tap dancing with Henry Le Tang, but only began to find her own style after moving to Paris. She credits Jimmy Slyde with freeing her from the prevalent conception of tap dancing as set routines. She discusses improvisation in tap dancing, and the importance of collaboration and communication between dancers and musicians.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13721510
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9ba0df50-8048-0135-5716-0c58c38183ac
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dance on: Sarah Petronio" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1994.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dance on: Sarah Petronio" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 5, 2023.

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Dance on: Sarah Petronio