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Judith Cruickshank

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It is with great sadness that I report that Judith Percival (widow of the late John Percival, long-time dance critic of the London Times) who wrote under the name of Judith Cruickshank, most recently for danceviewtimes.com and The Guardian, but also for many British dance publications for many years, has died. A friend wrote that she passed away of a brain tumor about a week ago.

Many of you know Judith by "aylmer," one of the earliest posters on Ballet Alert!, and someone whose knowledge of ballet (and the world) and beautiful writing was crucial to this site. She was not only our eye on the London stage, but she had seen so much, and interviewed so many people in the ballet world, she could provide fascinating background for many of our conversations and was a model of the "civilized discourse" we'd wanted to have on the site.

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That is such sad news for the ballet community. I was lucky to have met her, thanks to Leigh Witchel, when we did Ballet Talk on Tour in the late 00's. Meeting her was the highlight of that trip for me.

May she rest in peace.

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This is a great loss. I am so sad to learn this news. Judith will be sorely missed!

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I'm very sorry to hear about her passing. I had looked forward to her writing.

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