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Subject: Patricia Barnes, Dance critic, widow of writer Clive Barnes (died 2008)

Died day before 90th birthday
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Date Posted: Saturday, January 30, 04:52:25pm

BARNES--Patricia. (January 8, 1931-January 7, 2021), a beloved figure in the dance world, passed away in Telford, England near her home in Church Stretton, Shropshire. Trish, as she was known to dancers, balletomanes, readers and friends in England and New York, was a brilliant dance writer, contributing reviews to the English magazine, Dance and Dancers, and other publications. Above all, she was known for her beauty, kindness and sparkle: She offered counsel and friendship to young dancers and superstars alike. Trish moved from London to New York with her husband, Clive Barnes and their children Maya and Christopher, when Clive became Dance Critic of The New York Times in 1965. In the 1970's she became active in Amnesty International, especially in the successful campaign to have the Soviet Government permit the dancers Valery and Galina Panov to leave Russia. In addition to reviews, Trish wrote biographical essays for the Dance Horizons series and was the author of "The Children of Theatre Street," a book about the Vaganova ballet school in Leningrad. She also interviewed David Bowie for The Times of London. Trish met Clive when she and her twin sister Rosemary Winckley were young and enthusiastic dance goers in London. They had attended boarding school in England until they were 16 and then moved to India, where their British parents were posted. Trish said she missed "the colors of India" when she returned to England but found a substitute in the theatrical colors of the ballet. As a fervent balletgoer, Trish knew the choreography of the classics by heart. In 1958, Trish and Clive were married and remained close after they divorced in 1982. Trish and Rosemary later lived in Woodstock, NY for 15 years and then moved to Shropshire. In addition to her sister and her brother Jeremy in Shropshire, Trish leaves her beloved family -- her son Christopher Barnes of London, and in Woodstock, her daughter Maya Johansen, her son-in-law Eric Johansen and her grandchildren Ben Johansen and Yogi Johansen.

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Published in New York Times on Jan. 28, 2021.


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