Dorothy Bird Villard

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Dorothy Bird Villard
Bird, Dorothy, 1912-1996 (Speaker)
Adelphi College (Event place)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1981
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 8928
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-1014 (former)
Graham, Martha
Horst, Louis
Filmed dance
Venue: Videotaped in a classroom at Adelphi College.
Content: Mrs. Villard describes the key elements of the very early Graham technique, including how it developed and was abstracted.
Content: Topics discussed include: Sacre du printemps, potential motion, use of the five senses, command of the audience, kinetic response, suspended motion, and strong impulses.
Content: Mrs.Villard also discusses her memories of Louis Horst and his role in Martha Graham's choreography.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Videotape reel
Extent: 2 videotape reels (64 min.) : sound, black and white ; 1/2 in.
Dorothy Bird Villard, a member of the Martha Graham Company in the early 1930s, speaks to a class about her memories of Martha Graham and the Graham technique.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY887027920-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12166350
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5ce9f300-7958-0135-eb20-11c6b680b039
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Item timeline of events

  • 1912: Creator Born
  • 1981: Created
  • 1996: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dorothy Bird Villard" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1981.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dorothy Bird Villard" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 19, 2024.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1981). Dorothy Bird Villard Retrieved from

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Dorothy Bird Villard