Gayle Young was a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater for twenty-one years. He partnered with leading ballerinas, such as Margot Fonteyn, Sallie Wilson, Marcia Haydee, Lynn Seymour and Cynthia Gregory. Young danced lead roles in "Giselle," "Swan Lake," "Coppelia" and the "The Nutcracker." Young studied dance with Dorothy Prince while he was a student at the University of California at Berkeley. He also taught dance at the State University of New York at Purchase for 16 years and staged ballets for companies throughout the world. Young died at the age of 63 after teaching the world to dance. Overview of Collection: Included are approximately 63 Ballet Programs, most are 9 x 12 inches, dating from the late 1940's through the late 1990's. Most represented are the American Ballet Theatre and the Ballet Theatre. One of the programs is signed but most were kept as souvenirs of performances Young danced in or attended. Numerous ballet companies are represented: Houston Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, London Theatres, Royal Danish Ballet, Boston Ballet portfolio, Denver Civil Ballet, Dance Company from Moscow, Houston Sadler's Wells Ballet, Milwaukee, Leningrad Kirov Ballet, Agnes De Mille Dance Theatre and the Stockholm Ballet, Most of the programs are from the 1950's and have interesting mid-century themes and motifs. There are also anniversary editions and theatre annuals. Included is a revised (9/95) Student and Faculty Handbook from Dance Division/School of Arts at Purchase College, where Young taught until his death in 1998. Most of the programs are in very good to near fine condition, with the exception of 3 or 4 which are separating from staples and without a cover. Spanning fifty years of American and International theatre, Young's Theatre Collection offers a view into the classic years of American professional dance and the changes that occurred from the mid to late 20th century.
Included in Young's book collection is his personal copy of THE CLASSIC BALLET, which is inscribed to him from "Libby" at his 1953 graduation. Another book contains the original invoice by Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, CT with a note that this is a "free copy due by contract. As author/contributor on future purchases you are entitled to a 40% discount..." One book was sent to Darryl Dodson after Gayle's death with a personal note from the publisher. The complete lists of books: 1. Tchaikovsky And His Contemporaries: A Centennial Symposium/Prepared under the auspices of Hofstra University. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999. 6 1⁄2 x 9 1⁄2 inches. 418 pp. Blue boards with gild engraving. Lacking dust jacket, if one was issued, mild wear, very good. 2. A Very Young Dancer by Jill Krementz. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. First edition with moderate wear to dustjacket. 9 x 12 inches. Unpaginated with black and white photographs. Good. 3. The New Ballet by Kurt Joos. London: Dennis Dobson Limited, 1946. 8 1⁄2 x 11 inches, 156pp with black and white photos and colored illustrations. Dust Jacket in good condition, with many chips. Text is very good plus. 4. The Classic Ballet: Basic Technique and Terminology. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1952. 10 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄2 inches. Brown boards, 243 pp. Edges worn along with bottom and top of spine. No dust jacket, if ever issued. Good plus. 5. Die Wiener Oper: 350 Jahe Glanz und Tradition. Wien: Ueberreuter, 1986. 9 x 10 1⁄2 inches. 276 pp. Dustjacket has mild wear, text near fine. Photographs throughout. 6. Het Nationale Ballet. Amsterdam, Het Nationale Ballet, 1987. 11 x 8 inches, 383 pp. Hard glossy boards with cover on photograph, title in red. Mild wear to boards, else near fine. 7. The Manual: A Manual of the Theory and Practice of Classical Theatrical Dancing/ Cecchetti Method). London: C.W. Beaumont, 1977. 273 pp., 5 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄2 inches. Revised edition. Soft covers with moderate wear, still very good.