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#1 Mel Johnson

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 04:59 PM

http://www.miamihera...ry/1088388.html

It is my sad duty to report to you all the death of a wonderful and beloved teacher and friend. I had wondered whatever I could say to find some joy in making this announcement, and then I realized that Miss Mahr was someone to celebrate in her own right, and also someone who can be appreciated through her students. She taught Fernando Bujones before he fascinated the School of American Ballet, and Lourdes Lopez, Victoria Leigh, Mark Goldweber, and...me, among many others. She helped me recover from my first (involuntary) tour of Vietnam, and showed me a standard of ballet excellence that has stayed with me wherever I go. Anybody professional who came to Miami always seemed to end up in Miss Mahr's classes, they were that demanding and that satisfying to take. Now I have to say that I have even more to celebrate, as the Herald gave a lot of column inches to a ballet teacher, and that is a tribute in itself.

May she have eternal rest;
May light perpetual shine upon her. +

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 05:28 PM

Thank you Mel. I can't express how much I adored this woman. I was not a regular student of hers. I was allowed to take her pas de deux class on Friday evenings and I lived for Friday evenings. What I loved about pas class most was that I got to take her barre. I was fortunate to get to dance in her Miami Ballet rehearsals Wednesday, Thursday, Friday nights plus Saturdays and Sundays. I was in heaven in her studio and begged her to let me clean her studio and wash her air conditioner screens just to repay her in a small way. It was at her studio that I first met Victoria Leigh. Martha Mahr will forever remain the most important influence for me in the dance.

#3 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 30 November 2009 - 11:54 PM

I just came across this thread, and even not having had the pleasure to meet Miss Mahr, just wanted to add my condolences as a member of the exiled Cuban ballet lovers community, to which she seemed to had been a true icon. Thanks Mel and Glebb for recognizing her labor in this site.
Rest in peace, Miss Mahr. :o


[size=2]Martha Mahr, ballet matriarch, passes away[/size]

[size=2] "Martha Mahr, ballet matriarch for over 50 years, slipped quietly away on Monday, June 8th 2009. Miss Mahr trained generations of dancers in her Coral Gables studio. Born and trained in Argentina, Miss Mahr was a member of the Ballet Alicia Alonso in Cuba in the 40s and 50s. After fleeing Cuba in the early 60s, Miss Mahr opened her Coral Gables studio. Her former students have gone on to perform with world reknowned companies such as American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet. She will be missed dearly by the dance community."[/size]

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#4 Gina Ness

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 11:37 PM

Such beautiful tributes by Mr. Johnson and glebb...I have known her name for years but never had the privilege of meeting her or studying with her. It sounds like she will be very, very missed....

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 04:39 PM

I just came across this thread, and even not having had the pleasure to meet Miss Mahr, just wanted to add my condolences as a member of the exiled Cuban ballet lovers community, to which she seemed to had been a true icon. Thanks Mel and Glebb for recognizing her labor in this site.
Rest in peace, Miss Mahr. :)


[size=2]Martha Mahr, ballet matriarch, passes away[/size]

[size=2] "Martha Mahr, ballet matriarch for over 50 years, slipped quietly away on Monday, June 8th 2009. Miss Mahr trained generations of dancers in her Coral Gables studio. Born and trained in Argentina, Miss Mahr was a member of the Ballet Alicia Alonso in Cuba in the 40s and 50s. After fleeing Cuba in the early 60s, Miss Mahr opened her Coral Gables studio. Her former students have gone on to perform with world reknowned companies such as American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet. She will be missed dearly by the dance community."[/size]

http://thomasarmoury...martha_mahr.jpg

http://thomasarmouryouthballet.org/


What a beautiful and heartfelt tribute Mr. Johnson, or Mel, if I may call you that.
I never met Martha Mahr but have read about her for many years. From your description and that of Glebb as well, I can only wish I had. Having recently written myself about the death of George Zoritch I can understand how difficult it is to write about someone you have known and loved, after their passing. It just seems so may of that generation are leaving us, like Autum leaves falling. It's just too sad to contemplate isn't it?


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