In Memoriam: Jill Johnston (1929-2010)


Jill Johnston died on September 18, following a stroke nine days earlier. The shock waves are reverberating. Perhaps we thought she was indestructible. Jill began to write about dance for The Village Voice in 1959, four years after Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, and Norman Mailer founded the small, feisty downtown weekly. She’d danced briefly, but became fascinated with the history and criticism of the field while working in the New York Public Library’s Dance Collection. By the mid 1950s, she was contributing articles to Dance Observer and Art News.