I think he would say that he’s the proudest of educating an audience. Because when he came to Akron — [Ohio Ballet] danced both in Akron and Cleveland — I think he was really pleased that the audience grew in sophistication. He thought he had as sophisticated an audience in Akron and Cleveland as anywhere.
You had a chance to see Poll instruct dancers with Ohio Ballet. What was that like?
Oh, I used to love to watch him teach. He never sat down. He moved constantly through the room, adjusting sometimes just a finger or the way a person held his hand. He was constantly correcting and showing. He was well into his 60s and early 70s when he might walk into a room and lift a dancer to show how it should be done.
I think maybe the most amazing thing is that he landed in Northeastern Ohio. He had a list of what he thought were the finest pieces ever done that could be done by a company the size of his, and he tried to get them all. We had a variety of dance that maybe wasn’t anywhere except New York.