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Classic Black, The experience of the black dancer in choosing a school
Additional title: Swan lake (Choreographic work : Bel'skiĭ after Ivanov and Petipa, M)
Greene, Jonnie (Commentator)
Horwitz, Dawn Lille (Commentator)
Browne, Delores (Moderator)
Johnson, Louis, 1930- (Speaker)
Nichols, Betty (Speaker)
Nicks, Walter (Speaker)
Quitman, Cleo (Speaker)
Romero, Carmencita, 1914- 2001 (Speaker)
Spencer, Marion (Speaker)
Moore, Katherine (Dancer) (Speaker)
Cuyjet, Marion (Speaker)
Jones, Doris (Narrator)
Williams, Ruth (Native American textile worker, contemporary) (Speaker)
Brown, Joan Myers (Moderator)
Wilkinson, Raven (Speaker)
Beatty, Talley (Interviewee)
Haywood, Claire (Narrator)
Belʹskiĭ, Igorʹ Dmitrievich, 1925-1999 (Choreographer)
Busken, Hans van den, 1935- (Cinematographer)
Ward, Penny (Videographer)
Nationale Ballet (Netherlands) (Dancer)
New York Public Library. Dance Collection (Presenter)
Dance Research Foundation (Presenter)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1996-02-12
Table of Contents
Reel 1 (ca. 61 min.). Introductory remarks / by Jonnie Greene and Dawn Lille Horwitz -- Panel: The white schools and teachers / panelists, Delores Browne, Louis Johnson, Betty Nichols, Walter Nicks, Cleo Quitman, Carmencita Romero, and Marion Spencer ; moderator, Katherine Moore. Dancers discuss their first contacts with ballet, then a predominantly white art, at the School of American Ballet, Ballet Arts, and the schools of Joseph Rickard, Maria Nevelska, Marion Cuyjet, and others. A taped interview with Talley Beatty opens the discussion. Reel 2 (ca. 60 min.). Continuation of The white schools and teachers -- Panel: The black schools / panelists, Marion Cuyjet, Doris Jones, Carmencita Romero, and Ruth Williams ; moderator, Joan Myers Brown. Five noted dance teachers (including Brown) talk about their dance background, how their schools began, and the value of ballet technique. Reel 3 (ca. 61 min.). Video excerpts: Artists of the dance / presented by Louise Tiranoff Productions ; produced by WRC-TV Community Affairs ; narrated by Doris Jones and Claire Haywood ; documentary on the Capitol Ballet Company and the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet of Washington, D.C. -- Swan lake: Act IV / filmed by Hans van den Busken ; choreography, Igor Belski after Ivanov and Petipa ; music, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky ; danced by Het Nationale Ballet (Netherlands): Sylvester Campbell (Siegfried), Olga de Haas (Odette), and corps de ballet -- A film excerpt of Afternoon of a faun was screened but not videotaped due to rights restrictions -- Panel: Being black in a white classical world / panelists, Louis Johnson, Betty Nichols, and Raven Wilkinson ; moderator, Delores Browne. Dancers discuss the presence or absence of racism in the dance world. Reel 4 (ca. 28 min.). Continuation of Being black in a white classical world.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-7859
Rickard, Joe
School of American Ballet
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
Classic black (Exhibition : 1996)
Minorities in art
Minority students
Minority teachers
Panel discussions
Statement of responsibility: presented by the Dance Collection, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and Dance Research Foundation ; developed by Dawn Lille Horwitz ; designed by Jonnie Greene in cooperation with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Funding: Recording made possible by the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image of the Dance Collection of The New York Public Library.
Content: Accompanied by house program.
Venue: Videotaped at Bruno Walter Auditorium, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York, on February 12, 1996, by Penny Ward.
Funding: Recorded with the assistance of grants from New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 videocassettes (U-matic) (210 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in
Symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition Classic Black, presented in the Dance Collection reading room from February 9 to April 27, 1996.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12574899
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a7002b90-f79c-0130-925e-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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  • 1996: Created
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Classic Black" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1996.

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Classic Black