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The magic of dance, part I
Additional title: Swan lake (Choreographic work)
Additional title: Fascinating rhythm (Choreographic work : Petit)
Additional title: Greatest (Choreographic work : Mitchell)
Additional title: Corsair (Choreographic work : Nureyev after Petipa, M)
Additional title: Pierrot lunaire (Choreographic work : Tetley)
Additional title: Sleeping beauty (Choreographic work)
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991 (Narrator)
Makarova, Natalia, 1940- (Dancer)
Denard, Michaël (Dancer)
Astaire, Fred (Dancer)
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993 (Dancer)
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993 (Choreographer)
Nureyev, Rudolf, 1938-1993 (Interviewee)
Bonino, Luigi (Dancer)
Davis, Sammy, Jr., 1925-1990 (Performer)
Ulanova, Galina Sergeevna, 1910-1998 (Dancer)
Johnson, Virginia, 1950- (Dancer)
Shellman, Eddie J (Dancer)
Seymour, Lynn, 1939- (Dancer)
Foy, Patricia (Producer)
Guest, Ivor, 1920-2018 (Consultant)
Petit, Roland, 1924-2011 (Choreographer)
Mitchell, Arthur, 1934- (Choreographer)
Tetley, Glen (Choreographer)
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991 (Host)
Fonteyn, Margot, 1919-1991 (Dancer)
Ballet national de Marseille Roland Petit (Performer)
Bolʹshoĭ teatr Rossii. Balet (Performer)
British Broadcasting Corporation (Production company)

The magic of dance

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1979
Place: U.K.
Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation
Table of Contents
Introduction by Fonteyn discussing her early training and career, with background shots of present-day Shanghai and London -- Swan lake: Act II pas de deux (7 min.) / performed by Natalia Makarova and Michael Denard -- Interview with Fred Astaire (5 min.) -- Fascinating rhythm [excerpt] (4 min.) / choreography, Roland Petit ; performed by Luigi Bonino and Ballets de Marseille -- Sammy Davis Jr. discussing and demonstrating several styles of tap dancing (8 min.) -- Galina Ulanova in a 1954 film excerpt of Romeo and Juliet with the Bolshoi Ballet (ca. 4 min.) -- The greatest (3 min.) / performed by Virginia Johnson and Eddie Shellman -- The corsair: pas de deux (ca. 8 min.) / from a 1964 film, performed by Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev -- Interview with Nureyev -- Pierrot lunaire [excerpt] (3 min.) / choreography, Glen Tetley ; performed by Nureyev -- The sleeping beauty: Act III, Grand pas de deux (10 min.) / performed by Lynn Seymour and Rudolf Nureyev.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2865
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-145 (former)
Tap dancing
Dance -- History
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Television programs
Statement of responsibility: BBC-TV production in association with Time-Life TV and RM Productions, Munich ; producer, Patricia Foy.
Content: Part I: The scene changes.
Creation/production credits: Historical consultant: Ivor Guest.
Performers: Narrator/host: Margot Fonteyn.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (60 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
First in a six-part series that surveys the history of theatrical dance (non-chronological).
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY837012981-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12159792
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 988607c0-55b1-0138-bc91-5169b7d3def5
Rights Statement
The copyright and related rights status of this item has been reviewed by The New York Public Library, but we were unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the item. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.

Item timeline of events

  • 1919: Creator Born
  • 1979: Created
  • 1991: Creator Died
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The magic of dance" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1979.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The magic of dance" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 18, 2024.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1979). The magic of dance Retrieved from

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The magic of dance