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Gailene Stock interviewed by Michelle Potter [sound recording]
Bib ID 5894084
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Stock, Gailene, 1946-2014, Interviewee
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2012 
3 sound files (ca. 249 min.) 
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Mode of access: Online. 


Gailene Stock speaks about her family background; taking up dancing as a young child; her schooling; contracting poliomyelitis as a child; her hospital experiences; the Sister Kenny method; treatment and financial implications; her car accident and its implications; resuming her dance training, Paul Hammond; ballet exams; auditioning for the Australian Ballet, being offered a contract; changing her name; her previous training in the Cecchetti method; Dame Ninette de Valois; Margaret Scott's classes; taking up a bursary offered by the Royal Academy of Dance (London); passing Advanced and Solo Seal ballet exams of the Royal Academy of Dance; living in London and conditions; classes and teachers at the Royal Ballet School; training and performing in Europe; Rosella Hightower; injuries; rejoining the Australian Ballet in Nice (1965); changes to her dancing style; tours to NZ by the Australian Ballet in the 1960s; the recurrence of her polio symptoms; her sisters and their careers and families; her marriage to Gary Norman; becoming a soloist and her roles; performing in Russia; Antony Tudor; John Butler; resigning from the Australian Ballet, Robert Helpmann's reaction; Rudolf Nureyev.

Stock discusses joining the Royal Ballet of Canada and highlights; joining the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, her roles; returning to Australia to join the Australian Ballet; Anne Woolliams; Marilyn Jones; taking on the directorship of the National Theatre Ballet School; ballet syllabi; taking on the directorship of the Australian Ballet School; teachers and students at the School during her directorship; Maina Gielgud; Erik Bruhn's productions in Canada; being offered the job as director of the Royal Ballet School and her acceptance; her vision for the school; student accommodation; philanthropic activities and funding arrangements; the syllabus; accreditation for students; their future beyond dance; choreography at the Royal Ballet School; outreach programs at the school; teacher training courses; Mark Annear; choreography; the Royal College of Music; Ross Stretton; her daughter's career in Japan, Paris and London; future directions for her career; her sense of purpose at the Royal Ballet School, recommending her students for positions in companies around the world.


Recorded on 9-10 April 2012 in Melbourne, Vic.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (6 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 127 leaves) 
Subjects Stock, Gailene, 1946-2014 -- Interviews.  |  Royal Ballet School (Great Britain) -- Professional staff -- Interviews.  |  Australian Ballet -- History.  |  Ballet -- Australia -- History.  |  Ballet dancers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Executives -- England -- Interviews.  |  Poliomyelitis -- Australia.
Occupation Ballet dancers.  |  Executives.
Other authors/contributors Potter, Michelle, 1944-, Interviewer

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