Virginia Johnson of the San Francisco Ballet
Posted 06 October 2011 - 10:44 AM
Posted 06 October 2011 - 04:29 PM
I sadly report that Virginia Johnson, ballerina of the San Francisco Ballet, passed away on September 21, 2011. "Ginny" was one of the most talented and accomplished dancers trained by the Christensen brothers. She created the role of Cupid in Lew Christensen's popular comedy ballet Con Amore. She appeared as the Snow Queen partnered by David Coll for the premiere of the gorgeous 1967 Robert O'Hearn production of Lew Christensen's The Nutcracker. Ginny was one of my favorite company dancers when I was studying at SFB school. She could move like the wind with brilliant technical clarity. I loved that quality in her. When she retired from SFB, she became our Ballet Mistress staging and rehearsing many works for the company including our Balanchine repertory. She was one of the few people allowed to stage Mr. Christensen's ballets throughout the country. She shall be missed...
I also danced at SF Ballet with "Ginny" and agree she was a dancer of great precision and style. I also danced the role of Cupid in "Con Amore" and Ginny was always very generous with her help and coaching of the role. Her work ethic and the demands she made on herself as an artist were always an inspiration for me. Sad news, indeed.
Posted 06 October 2011 - 08:28 PM
Posted 26 October 2011 - 04:31 PM
i never knew Virginia Johnson, but I saw some of her stagings of Lew Christensen's ballets and was very impressed. Oakland Ballet, in particular, did Christensen's "Jinx" surpassingly well in her staging --
San Francisco Ballet -In Memory of Virginia "Ginny" Johnson 2011
Posted 26 October 2011 - 08:54 PM
It only makes me want more!!! Especially Barocco....
The footage of everybody is wonderful.
Posted 28 October 2011 - 12:25 AM
I saw Virginia Johnson dance on a number of occasions and I can only say she was truly memorable.
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