My name is Linda Turney and I've been doing PyLadies for thousands of years. I started with Robert Fitzgerald in New York
I first met Kathy when she started teaching at Bendel's. That's true. And Clarice Marshall brought Kathy to Bendel's
What was your first impression of Cathy when you first studied with her and met her? Oh, I was terrified. You're terrified. Kathy could have her and I couldn't seem to do what she wanted me to do. It made me very frustrated and she wouldn't really explain. You had to figure it out for yourself. I think I was in tears at the end of my first class with her.
To tell you the truth, I don't, I'm surprised to remember that I went back for another class because it was pretty,
Was it 1988 1988 right. Thank you. And Larry came to ask, Larry asked Clarice if she could invite Cathy to teach it Tish, because Kathy had just been let go. I lost her job at Bendel. She had lost her job because then they'll close their, their studio, not because she was not doing a great job. The goals of the faculty for the students was to train dancers who could do anything, could jump in to any company, do ballet or modern.
So anyway, they would come in and do their, is it eight? There really are maybe eight. And then they would have ballet, 45 minutes of ballet and then an hour and a half of modern technique and then a little break in which they stuffed some fast food down there faces. And then they would have an academic subject and then it'd be either composition or acting or any of the number of then to believe music, which would take them until six o'clock mostly with no break. Then after [inaudible] I ho, I know when I became chair I decided that all the students should take [inaudible] every day. And that was then, and I really insisted that they'd do it. And they did.
They lost credit if they didn't do it.
They, they liked Cathy for the most part. They liked Kathy and she was a character
I was taking class in this extraordinary teacher for nothing, for free and I couldn't believe that students wouldn't jump at the opportunity to do that. They did it. They wanted to or not, but there was a little bit of arm twisting there. I think she taught them how to, how do consider their bodies in a holistic way. I was always, I just wanted to point out to the students, you think it's as early. Kathy grant gets up at five o'clock to get here at this hour.
She got on the train from Brooklyn. She never is laid. God forbid she, she comes in when she's sick or however she's feeling. She's there with her notes. She, she took notes of every class she taught
You could get away with anything. And she really took an interest in the students is to come to all the performances, all the student performances. And believe me, there were a lot of them. And she had her little position. She always went to up in the back of the theater and she took notes
And she wasn't required to do that. That was not part of her charge, but she took it very seriously. And she went and she had her notes that she had made over the course of the year. And she, she always gave more than she was asked to give. No, I can't say that the other faculty members, we're terribly aware.
You walked in there and he really knew what you were supposed to do. It was a very small studio
I think she was testing me. Now it's not like he's testing me to see how much I could take before I collapsed, but I really became to love her. I came to love her
And I think the fact that I was with her at that time brought us closer together. She would never, she didn't talk much about that, but she did to me. I remember I when they, well, the day that it happened, I said, Kathy, go home, take a care of, I said [inaudible] and my yoga teacher took care of, I had no certainty that NYU wouldn't treat her to a camp. I said, God says don't stay around here all day. And she said, I'm gonna stay. I'm going to stay and teach my classes.
Clarice and Charlene and I drove out to Brooklyn to the hospital that Kathy was in and we couldn't find her. Nobody knew where she was, even what hospital she was in. It was maddening, but we did sort of happen upon her and hardly recognized her. She was so puffed up from drugs and we talked a little bit and she was, everybody had said, oh, she won't be able to, she won't know who you are and don't expect anything. Well she knew who we were and we had a nice little conversation and then it was time for us to go and of course it was very hard to go and just as we were leaving he says, we've got to the door. She said, unmistakably well, what is my legacy going to be? And we stopped in our tracks and went back and started jabbering, oh where does your, your legacy is going to be?
And then we had to really stop and think about it. And I think her legacy, and I think I said this, is that she taught them to just in there to take care of their bodies, two, two to be fully present in everything that they did. Value you pay that kind of meticulous attention to your body. It carries over into other things that you do. I miss her so much and I'm just talking about her. Me Too. Really? Me Too.