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Gina Ness

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About Gina Ness

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    Bronze Circle
  • Birthday 03/04/1951

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    Retired ballet teacher and former principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet
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    Santa Rosa
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  1. Gina Ness

    Sean Lavery Has Died

    I knew Sean when he was a teenager at SFB back in the days before he became a star at NYCB. What a great guy with a great sense of humor! We all loved him! He will truly be missed by many, many people. Many friends feeling very sad today...
  2. She was so amazing in A Midsummer Night's Dream! What a wonderful, inspiring life...
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    Ruth Ann Koesun

    So sorry to hear of her passing. I grew up looking at photos of her in the souvenir programs. She was so beautiful...
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    RIP Willa Kim

    I was so very sorry to hear of Willa's passing. I had the privilege to wear costumes designed by her ( Michael Smuin's "TheTempest" and his "Shinju", to name a couple ballets) when I danced with San Francisco Ballet in the seventies and eighties. Her costumes were designed with the movement of the dancer in mind as well as just being amazingly beautiful! She shall be missed!
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    RIP Violette Verdy

    http://news.iu.edu/releases/iu/2016/02/violette-verdy-tribute.shtml Such sad news... She was a brilliant teacher and mentor to so many young dancers at Indiana University. An iconic ballerina has left us...
  6. Richard G. Holden has passed. He was known on this forum as "richka". He will be missed by family and friends. He had a remarkable career, and it was an honor to know him. Kathleen C-Schwartzman wrote this wonderful obituary. I met Richard on this forum several years ago. He helped Mr. George Zoritch in Mr. Zoritch's final years and days. We will miss you, dear Richard... http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tucson/obituary.aspx?pid=176188285
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    Maya Plisetskaya

    I was privileged to see her dance Odette/Odile and the Dying Swan at the SF Opera House when I was young... She inspired my generation with her strength, artistry, and passion. I was speaking about her at some length with my advanced class the very day she passed away! I didn't know she had left us until I returned home! I try to tell my students about the amazing dancers of the past who are leaving us... I don't wish for Maya to be forgotten! She is iconic and will be so missed...
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    Joan Benesh

    Thank you, Richka, for sharing your remarkable connection... May she rest in peace.
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    Margo Marshall

    I am so sorry to read this... I didn't know her personally, but I know and danced with her son Dennis at SFB during the seventies. I'm really thinking of her family and the many students she inspired throughout the years at this sad time...
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    Marc Platt

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    Marc Platt

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    Marc Platt

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    Marc Platt

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    Marc Platt

    In the "Barn Raising Dance" from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" posted above, Marc is brother Daniel in the purple shirt...
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    Marc Platt

    I am sad to tell you all that Marc Platt died yesterday, March 29th, 2014. He was born on December 2nd, 1913 and celebrated his 100th birthday with a beautiful party last year organized by his wonderful family. He died peacefully surrounded by his loving family and friends... Marc was a treasure. He was one of the last of that great generation of dancers of the Ballets Russes represented so beautifully in the Ballets Russes documentary in which he was featured. He was a star on Broadway, creating the role of "Dream Curly" in the original Broadway production of "Oklahoma!". He was featured in the later film, as well. In addition to being a featured star on Broadway, he made several films including "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (he was brother Daniel!), "Tonight and Every Night", and "Down to Earth" among several others. From 1962 to 1970 he was principal choreographer of the ballet at Radio City Music Hall. He married Jean Goodall who was a dancer appearing in several films including "Carousel", "Guys and Dolls", and "Pajama Game". Together, they owned ballet schools and created local companies from 1962 through 1992 in both New York and Florida. Marc moved to California in 1994 to be closer to his family. In addition to being a guest artist in several Bay Area local company productions including Marin Dance Theater, Marc became a good friend to me and to Santa Rosa Dance Theater. He would come and watch rehearsals, coach, and give wonderful, always "spot on" feedback to our students. We adored him!!! He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. What an amazing man and artist! It was a blessing to know him...