Edith Sancroft interview, 1994 November 22

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Edith Sancroft interview, 1994 November 22
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Poll, Carol (Interviewer)
Sancroft, Edith
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Edith Sancroft, professor of health and physical education at the time of this interview, and former Dean of Liberal Arts, joined FIT in 1964. She immediately began a large expansion of the school's dance program and talks about the introduction of an intermediate level of dance for her more advanced students. Sancroft sees choreography and dance as a natural partner to fashion design; her students benefit from the knowledge that body movement has to offer. She pays homage to the 1960s as a period of great growth for FIT. With the formation of the union and the presence of the Civil Rights Movement, the curriculum offerings at FIT grew in variety and scale. During this period, she was also able to offer master classes in dance with guests such as Syvilla Fort, Charles Wiedman, and Mary Anthony. Sancroft talks about how her department has changed and its eventual separation from the Math and Science Department. She also discusses the growth in diversity within the student body. Sancroft laments the loss of intimacy at FIT and remembers its former familial nature. That being said, she gives a lot of credit to faculty members such as Mildred [last name unknown] who wrote a series of grants to support the creation of the educational skills program, an invaluable part of FIT's curriculum.
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Oral histories
Sancroft, Edith
Feldman, Marvin
Jarvie, Lawrence
Goodman, Shirley, 1915-1991
Karp, Barry
Wiedman, Charles
Marcus, Gladys
Anthony, Mary
Fort, Syvilla
Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982
Health and Physical Education
Education, Humanistic
Civil rights movements
Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.)
New York (State)--New York
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Fashion Institute of Technology. (1994, November 21). Edith Sancroft interview, 1994 November 22 [Video]. Archive on Demand. https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/135885
Fashion Institute of Technology. "Edith Sancroft interview, 1994 November 22." Archive on Demand, 21 Nov. 1994, https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/135885
Fashion Institute of Technology, "Edith Sancroft interview, 1994 November 22," Archive on Demand, November 21, 1994, video, https://archiveondemand.fitnyc.edu/item/135885