Corliss Jeanne Johnson

August 15, 1921August 3, 2017

Corliss Jeanne Ingram Johnson, 95, a long time resident of Oklahoma City died on August 3, 2017. She was the Artistic Director of Ingram Ballet Theater School. “Mrs. Ingram” as her students knew her, and her husband John Ingram were directors of Ingram Ballet Theater School for decades, developing a dance culture in Oklahoma City and enhancing the lives of hundreds of students. She is revered in the Oklahoma City dance community as one of the premiere dance educators of her time. The Ingram’s created and produced Stairway to the Stars at Lincoln Park Amphitheater, Oklahoma City Dance Workshop and Junior Assembly, later known as Dance Soiree teaching ballroom dance. She was a gifted choreographer and besides many performances at their school and McGuinness High School there were performances for large student audiences with the Oklahoma Symphony at the Civic Center. In 1990 she was presented with the Special Recognition Award by the Honorable Governor Henry Bellmon at the Governor’s Arts Award Ceremony for her work and lasting legacy in the Oklahoma City community.

Corliss Jeanne was born August 15, 1921 in Oklahoma City to Horace and Ethylyn Kenady. She was preceded in death by her first husband, John “Red” Ingram, their daughter Cherilyn Ann Ingram, and by her second husband Major General Edward “Gillis” Johnson. Her Memorial Service will be held on August 25 at 11:00 am in the Chapel at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, August 25, 2017


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Kimberly Davis Tranbarger

August 22, 2017

Mrs. Ingram and her daughter, Cheri, along with Red had such a lasting impact on so many young ladies in Oklahoma City. She taught us poise and grace, to stand tall, work hard, eat in moderation, dance for a lifetime, and that the show must go on! Jean was a beautiful ballerina, choreographer and teacher. She will be missed. Blessings and Peace,

Carla O'Hornett

August 20, 2017

Jean and Red gave me the confidence and belief in myself to be a part of dance, to create, to choreograph, to teach dance, to work lighting, and to just express myself, which carried me through more than 40 years of my life. I still remember all of the choreography of my first recital dance in 1965 of "I Feel Pretty". Being in the studio at Ballet Theater, working with Red on the winter recital show lighting, the excitement of being backstage, being onstage, being a dancer for the special shows of Sleeping Beauty and Kismet, attending summer classes taught by her daughter, Cheri, and so much more. (No one can forget the days Kelso would be there to fit us for our costumes!)
All of it I have held dear to my heart, and always will.

Thank you, Mrs. Ingram. You changed lives. You made a difference so many of us will never forget.

Betty K Fletcher

August 19, 2017

A pleasure being one of their first dance students and selling their home in Nichols Hills. A beautiful, charming, intelligent couple with abundant grace and poise.