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Friday, August 07, 2009

Mr. Goding was named TWB Ballet Master in 1998 and went on to stage and rehearse many works in the Company's repertoire. A featured dancer with TWB in the 1970s through 1998, Mr. Goding performed with renowned dancers such as Amanda McKerrow in leading roles created for him by Choo-San Goh, TWB's first Artist-in-Residence. Mr. Goding originated roles in Birds of Paradise, In the Glow of the Night and Unknown Territory, as well as others in the classical and contemporary repertoire. He choreographed numerous works for the Company including Danzon, Mysteries and Rhapsody in Swing, all of which premiered at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Trained at the Woodbridge Ballet Arts School in Virginia and The Washington School of Ballet, he also studied at the School of American Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School.

Mr. Goding's performances have been hailed for decades, with critics noting his expansive reach as a dancer, lauding everything from his partnering skills to his ability to bring to life some of the ballet world's most beloved character roles.

In recent years, Mr. Goding received acclaim from audiences and ballet students for his classic performances in roles such as "Mr. Drosselmeyer" in TWB Artistic Director Septime Webre's The Nutcracker and as Captain Hook in Mr. Webre's Peter Pan. He was especially thrilled to portray "Madge" in Sorella Englund and Tomas Lundt's staging of La Sylphide in February 2009 and had been eager to add the role of Don Quixote to his repertoire this fall.

"We are all stunned by the news of John's passing," said Mr. Webre. "John was more than a ballet master. He was a trusted friend and colleague who helped to shape almost every work performed by The Washington Ballet in the past three decades. The TWB family extends its deepest sympathies to John's family and mourns this loss deeply."

A memorial service is planned for September 20, 200- at the Kennedy Center; details are below. An email account, rememberingjgoding@washingtonballet.org, has been set up for those who wish to share memories of Mr. Goding. These thoughts will be collected and shared with his family.

Mr. Goding is survived by his partner of 30 years as well as his parents, siblings and numerous nieces and nephews. In his honor, The Washington Ballet has established The John Goding Memorial Fund in honor of Mr. Goding's contributions. Donations may be sent to The Washington Ballet, c/o the John Goding Memorial Fund, 3515 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016.

Photo by Rosalie O'Connor

The Washington Ballet and
The Laurel Fund for the Performing Arts
invite you to a celebration honoring
the life and accomplishments of John Goding,
TWB’s beloved Ballet Master and friend.
September 20, 2009 at 2 PM
The Kennedy Center
Terrace Theater
RSVP with your full name and number of guests by September 16:
202.362.3606 x135 or rsvp@washingtonballet.org

*While this event is open to all, seating is limited and will be filled in the order in which RSVPs are received. Please note that those attending will need to arrive early to pick up their tickets at the check-in table prior to entering the theater


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