Barbra Hennigs

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Barbra Hennigs

A dancer and choreographer who shared her immense talents with Findlay for over 40 years, Barb began dancing as a child and spent her summers performing as part of the dancing chorus for the St. Louis Muny Opera. While there, she met her future husband, Donald Hennigs, who was part of the singing chorus. After graduation, she moved to New York City, where she studied jazz dance under Peter Gennaro and choreographer Micheal Kidd. She became a repertoire chorus dancer for the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, leading her to the dancing chorus for the original cast of Guys and Dolls, as well as the Broadway U.S. touring productions of Guys and Dolls and Can Can. She danced as part of the ballet ensemble for the Radio City Music Hall, as well as performing for three seasons on The Sid Caesar Show.

When Hennigs and her family moved to Findlay, she immediately recognized the need for adult dance lessons. She founded the ETC Dance Studio offering jazz, tap, ballroom, ballet and even yoga. She helped choreograph many of the musicals produced by the Findlay Light Opera Company, University of Findlay, Fort Findlay Playhouse, Findlay City Schools, Carey Schools and regional theaters throughout Northwest Ohio.

(b. 1934 d. 2021: choreographer)

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