Virginia Barry Donohoe, 58, a ballet and tap dancer who operated her own dance studio in Washington from 1936 to 1953, died early Tuesday at Capitol Hill Hospital after choking on a piece of food.

She had studied dancing here and in New York City under Michel Fokine, master of Russian ballet, and Ernest Carlos, a well known tap dancer. In addition to operating her studio, she had taught dancing at various Catholic elementary schools here.

Mrs. Donohoe was born in Washington. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Dunbarton College.

At one time she had been active in the Mothers' Club of St. John's College High School and had been a member of the board of directors of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Montgomery County and its successor, the Centers for the Handicapped. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and its sodality.

She is survived by her husband, James A. Donohoe, Jr., a daughter, Rosemary, and a son, D. Patrick, all of the home in Chevy Chase; another daugther, Virginia D. McHugh, of Bethesda; two other sons, James A. III and Robert B., both of Washington; two sisters, Dorothy B. Vlcek, of Washington, and Mercedes B. Manders, of Bethesda; a brother, David E. Barry, of Chevy Chase, and four grandchildren.