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then grandchildren to learn fromthe teacherwhowas demanding, but encouraging.

Still, her secret remained. It livedwithin her until a littlemore than two years ago,whenBrown decided, after sixty-seven years, that itwas time to say to someone, “this iswho I am.”Andwho better to break the silence to, than her granddaughterMadison at herBatMitzvah (two ofBrown’s children turned to Judaismas adults despite her keep- ing her faith hidden) bywrapping herwith the sacred prayer shawl (Tallit) that had belonged to her father (an unexpected gift sent to her sixty years after thewar). Thesewere herwords: “I’mwrapping you in my father’s Tallit.His life ended inAuschwitz in early 1942. Today is the first day it’s beenworn in 67 years. Your great-grandfather is part of the past. Today is part of the present, and thank you formaking it part of the future.”

For her ballet school’s 60th anniversary in 2010,Denisewas honored with a documentary of her life. In it,Denise said that for her, “Dancing was like touching heaven,” and that is howshe lived her life. Today, she is free to dance again.

Her legacy carries on through her family and all of those in the dance communitywhose lives she has touched indelibly.Among the former students inspired byDenise to become performers, teachers and dance studio owners are:KathyChamberlain, JaneEvelynChalkDavis, Lori Darley,Cyndi Jones, JenniferMabus and LisaOwen.

Survivors include daughters Janine Lichstein (SantaMonica,CA), AnetteBrown,Evelyn Johnson and sonMichaelBrown (Kingwood, TX), daughter-in-lawThereseBrown, sons-in-lawHenry Lichstein and John Johnson, grandchildren:Daniel Lichstein (d), Zander Lichstein (Morina), SarahBrownChatfield (David),EmilyBrown Schrader (Adam), JordonBrown,Madison Johnson, andMackenzie Johnson, and two great grandsons:Oliver Lichstein and JackChatfield.

The family requests that donations bemade toDidiHirschMental Health Services 4760 South SepulvedaBlvd.CulverCity,CA90230, or AnchorCenter forBlindChildren 2550Roslyn StreetDenver,CO. 80238.




HISTORY and DANCE NOTES By Russell P. Foreman, Jr. (Happy Feet)

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