Sorry to hear that Leo Kersley, dancer and ballet teacher, and author of my favourite ballet dictionary, died yesterday, aged 92. I would love to have met him. There are two lovely tributes to him from former pupils on a blog post I wrote about A Dictionary of Ballet Terms, and there are links in that post to an interview with him at the The Theatre Archive Project. See also this wonderful story from 2006 by Judith Mackrell about Leo Kersley, skateboarders and Massine.
It’s not often that I get really excited about a dance website, but this is one HUGE mother of an exception. Launched today (I think) the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive site has excerpts of dance performances going back to the 1930s, catalogued by artist/genre/era. This is the most wonderful guide to all kinds of stuff you thought you might never see, including clips of Ted Shawn dancers from the 30s, and dances of all styles from around the world right up to 2010. It’s beautifully presented and fascinatingly, joyfully diverse. Phenomenal.