In 2008, I had the honor of interviewing the former New York City Ballet principal dancer Yvonne Mounsey for a George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive film about the ballet "Prodigal Son." The Balanchine Foundation recently published the videos, which had previously been available in libraries. Below is our interview, which followed a rehearsal coaching session with Melissa Barak as the Siren, Mounsey's signature role in the 1950s.
Yvonne was my ballet teacher and one of my most fun friends. She died in 2012. The interview was conducted at her school, Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica, California.