Interview with Janet Panetta
Disc 1, Jan. 28, 2011 (ca. 61 min.). Janet Panetta speaks with Gia Kourlas about starting dance classes at age five and first seeing dance performed; the reasons she decided to leave American Ballet Theatre; her memories of studying with Margaret Craske and Celene Keller; assisting Craske as a scholarship… More »
Disc 1, Jan. 28, 2011 (ca. 61 min.). Janet Panetta speaks with Gia Kourlas about starting dance classes at age five and first seeing dance performed; the reasons she decided to leave American Ballet Theatre; her memories of studying with Margaret Craske and Celene Keller; assisting Craske as a scholarship student; the impact of studying Cecchetti technique on her dancing as well as her teaching; studying with Alfredo Corvino; training with modern dancers and exploring the idea of what it means to be a dancer rather than solely a ballerina; studying with Antony Tudor; her own teaching and first professional teaching experience; other professional dancing experiences; more on dancing at American Ballet Theatre and Lucia Chase.
Disc 2, Jan. 28, 2011 (ca. 54 min.). Janet Panetta speaks with Gia Kourlas about her increasing involvement with modern dance and performance art; teaching in the 1980s; drawing from various forms for her own dance education and fitness; her early teaching; the changing goals of her dance students and how her teaching has responded; the development of her teaching career in Europe; the difference between just giving a class and true teaching; more on her teaching intentions and interests; several specific teaching experiences and responses to her teaching; more on her teaching method and situations in which she would expect to encounter resistance from students in her class; the typical structure of one of her classes.
Disc 3, Feb. 4, 2011 (ca. 52 min.). Janet Panetta continues to speak with Gia Kourlas about the structure of her class including the across the floor section and her choices regarding music; the importance of spontaneity in teaching; the sense of democracy and acceptance in her classroom; her current teaching situation and challenges after closing her own studio; the particular contribution her teaching has made; her response to current choreography that she sees; dancers whom she has worked with; the response of other teachers to her teaching.
Disc 4, Feb. 4, 2011 (ca. 61 min.). Janet Panetta speaks with Gia Kourlas about her experiences working with Tanztheater Wuppertal; her close relationship with Pina Bausch and her feelings regarding Bausch's importance and the future of her company; current teaching and students; her teaching schedule; compares various dance education models and the situation of dance students today as compared to the past; the attributes of a great teacher; her changing relationship to her students; her method of giving feedback or criticism to her students without undermining their confidence.
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