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CodeDS/UK/P3150
Person NamePfister; Phrosso
SurnamePfister
ForenamesPhrosso
ActivityTrained at the London College of Dance. Teacher at London College of Dance (1949-1972); Principal of London College of Dance (1972-1985); freelance teacher (1985-).
During the early years of the Second World War Pfister took examinations in Ballet, Modern, Natural Movement and Ballroom. It was at this time that she first met Madge Atkinson and Anita Heyworth.
After the war, Phrosso Pfister became a student of the recently founded London College of Educational Dance. In 1949, she accepted a position on the team of staff, and spent the next 36 years in the service of London College initially teaching a wide variety of dance forms and lecturing on the History of Dance.
In 1972, Miss Pfister followed a special one-year course for the Certificate in Education, and was appointed Principal of London College in the following year upon the retirement of Anita Heyworth.
On her retirement as Principal of London College in 1985, Phrosso Pfister became a freelance teacher and lecturer. She taught Natural Movement in the UK, and also had commitments abroad in Italy and Portugal.
Phrosso Pfister regularly lectured on the History of Dance for teachers and student courses, and also on Teaching Methodology for young teachers as part of the ISTD Associate Diploma examination. In 1981, Phrosso Pfister was the recipient of the Imperial Award.
Her long-term service on the Council of the ISTD began in 1950, and, with a short break in the 1970's, ended in 1998.
GenderFemale
Dates and Placesborn in London, UK
Published WorksBase paper: 'Dance In Education' by The Gulbenkian Action Conference on Dance Education, 1974. Paper: 'The Future of the Cecchetti Method in Schools and Training' for the Cecchetti Society's International and Commonwealth Conference, 1976. Paper: 'Pre-Blasis Dancing - a Neglected Heritage?' for the HISPA International Conference, the Heritage of Sport, Games and Dance.
Sourcewebsite www.istd.org/about/autobiographys/ppfister.html
Catalogue
RefNoTitleDate
XZJ/20Natural Movement Workshop1 June 1986
NM/T/2/3/3/3"Monday's Child"26th January 1958
NM/E/2/9/2/7Crewe Training College examinations 19571957
NM/F/5/2/1/5Diploma Day photographs 1976-19811976-1981
NM/F/5/2/1/3Diploma Day photographs 1969-19751969-1975
NM/F/5/2/1/2Diploma Day photographs 1963-19681963-1968
NM/F/5/2/1/4Diploma Day photographs 19731973
NM/F/5/2/1/9Diploma Day photographs various years 1960-1984
NM/F/5/2/8Anita Heyworth's own photos of London College of Educational Dancec1949-1950s
NM/E/2/9/2/9Crewe Training College examinations 19591959
NM/F/5/2/1/6Diploma Day photographs July 19821982
XZJ/127Study of Dance Conference 1983 \ Natural Movement Lecture Demonstration and Performance1984
NM/H/4/8/5The School of Classical Ballet and Western Dances Open Day at the Homi Bhabha Auditorium, Bombay7 October 1975
NM/M/8London College News Cuttings 1965-19831965-1983
NM/T/2/4/3/9"The Voices of Domrémy"c1945
NM/F/5/2/7Phrosso Pfister Imperial Award 20 May 1981
NM/F/5/2/6Photographs by Jack Blake. April 1976
NM/F/5/7Sheila Stothard photographsUndated
NM/E/2/10/2Dance notes for 1983 conference1983
NM/F/5/2/10 London College/ISTD variousUndated
NM/E/2/9/2/8Crewe Training College examinations 19581958
NM/F/5/2/1/7Diploma Day photographs July 19831983
XZJ/201Study of Dance Conference 1983 \ Natural Movement Lecture Demonstration and Performance1984
NM/E/2/10/1National Resource Centre for Dance and Conference papers1982-1991
NM/E/2/2/2/3Photographsc1970s-1980s
NM/E/2/7/3/7Notes upon Dancing Historical and Practical by C. BlasisUndated
NM/R/2Natural Movement lecture-demonstration at the Study of Dance Conference1987
NM/E/2/10/3File of dance notation1930s
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