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Front to Back: Dorothy Newcomb, Norman, Jeanne Freitag, Unknown, Richard (Dickie) Cahill, Somebody Simpson, Unknown.
Student and Studio Photos 1940's - 1990's Portland OR
3rd from left: Elizabeth Chenowith.  The others remain to be identified.
Nancy Beth Falloon
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Rozanne      Nancy Beth Falloon
Carol Hines danced in New York, Ballet Russe Co.. When she came home for vacation and attended my class, I always danced twice as hard trying to keep up with her
Carmen Henderson
Jeannie Bell went on to Sch of San Francisco Ballet
Cheryl Peterson went to New York to dance, got married, had 2 kid
Anne Marie Niemi got married. I've heard that she lives and teaches in SW Washington.
Nancy Beth went on to Juliard then settled into performing on Broadway and has lived in NY, NY ever since.  Her career has spanned a wide range from an opera tour to a comedian wearing pointe shoes.

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Dorothy Neelan, Doris Lottridge (often taught the Mexican/Folkloric Dance for Maria), Alicia?, Ann Williams (Maria had two students named Ann Williams), JoAnne McLeod
back row, left to right: Barbara Spears, Lynn Stafford, Kris Martens, JoAnne McLeod, Susan Jacobs, Janet Towner,
front row, left to right: Maria Dare, Char (Charlene) Simantel,
Maria's Saturday Morning Class
back row, left to right: Susan Jacobs, Sandra Bruce, Lynn Stafford, JoAnne McLeod, Janet Towner, Char Simantel, Maria Dare,
front row, left to right: Unknown, Barbara Spears, Dagmar,
The Ballet House Masters in their final performance, May 1998, in Neptune's Ballet Classics.
top row:
Sandy Fuchter, Lee Hunt, Joe Lerma Jr, Rozanne, JoAnne McLeod, Patti Hobizol,
bottom row:
Sherry Flemming, Brynna Hurwitz, Jane Meskill, Char Simantel,
Not in pic: Kenneth and Roberta Waymire
 
 
1973-1997 the "New Studio"
1950-1972 the "Old Studio"
1940's the "Old Old Studio"
 
Maria Vegh Summer Intensive held at The Ballet House, June 18- 29, 1973, in The "New Studio" 13th and Burnside, Portland OR. Most students were from other studios as Maria was evolving into an all adult clientele. 
Below: Rozanne's students from Seaside Oregon, take a special class with Maria.  Maria taught a very different class to tham than she did to her adults.
The Ballet House began under the direction of Sergei Dare (R. Donald Dare, Serge Volinoff ) upon his return to Portland Oregon. (From where? Perhaps Denver Colorado, or Seattle Washington, or...) It offered the same content as The Lindendare School. By 1941 the school was actively performing as demonstrated in the following programs. (For more see Sergei and Maria bios.) The Ballet House closed when Maria and Sergei moved to Hollywood where Maria studied dance, performed in film and early television shows. Sergei opened the Ballet Shop, a dance supply store.
Over the decades, The Ballet House moved twice.  The "Old Old Studio" and the "Old Studio were in the Selling - Hirsch Building, Portland Oregon.  The "Old Old Studio," was on the 2nd floor  and the "Old Studio," was on the 3rd floor. 
The Ballet House reopened in Portland Oregon 1950 or before , (the "Old Old Studio") under the ownership of the husband and wife team, Maria and Sergei Dare. Rebuilding the studio was slow and difficult. After five months they had three students. They Persevered. The Ballet House was located on the 2nd floor of the Selling Hirsh Building on SW Washington near 10th (downtown Portland OR). By 1953, The Ballet House had moved to the top floor of the same building, (the "Old Studio).

By 1960, The Ballet House was a leading professional preparation school, located on the top floor of the Selling Hirsh Building. Sergei died in 1967. Maria continued to teach and operate the studio by herself. During these years the studio hosted many amazing master classes from gifted teachers such as George Zoritch and Michel Somes. It served as a private rehearsal studio for Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev while they were on tour in Portland. Robert Joffrey conducted auditions as well as the Bolshoi Ballet.
When the Selling Hirsh building was demolished, Maria moved The Ballet House to the corner of Burnside and SW 13th - still on the top floor. The transition from professional preparation to adult ballet had begun before the move. In the new location adult ballet evolved until 99% of her students were over age 21. Maria Vegh was one of the last to conduct a week long intensive workshop there for dancers from many dance studios.

The doors closed on the day Maria died, 1997.

The Selling - Hirs

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Home of the

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A parking lot now occupies the location that was one the grand Selling-Hirsch Building of downtown Portland Oregon, Washington Street and 10th.  A wonderful Bohemian Bakery was located at the beginning of the climb up the beautiful staircase.  The 2nd and 3rd floors belonged to the arts.  Teachers of music occupied studios small and large.  A harp was usually playing when I climbed the stairs.  It put me in the right mood for dance every time. 

The “Old Old” Ballet House was located on the 2nd floor, probably from 1940 to about 1946 or 1947.  It was a large studio.  The Vasilieff School was on the 3rd floor.  Then, Maria and Serge Dare moved to Los Angeles.  While they were in LA, Florence Pickett taught in the 2nd floor studio. 

When the Dares returned from LA, around 1950, they moved into the 3rd floor studio formerly occupied by Mr. V.  This 3rd floor studio is referred to as the “Old Studio.”  The Ballet House occupied the “Old Studio” for a couple of decades.  The Selling-Hirsh Building was sold, scheduled for destruction.  Maria Dare was forced to relocate the Ballet House.  She moved to the “New Studio,” located on the corner of west Burnside and 13th.  Previously, the “New Studio” location had been home to a music recording studio where The Kingsmen recorded the song “Louie Louie,” and later a beatnik coffee house.  Both of the previous occupants left their marks to add to the “New Studio” flavor.  The dressing room was sound proofed from the recording studio days, and some less used areas retained their wild color combinations remained from their beatnik days.
Horst, a professional dancer of  Germany
and studied at The Ballet House
for a couple of years + arriving before Serge Dare died.
He returned to Germany where these photos of him were taken
 
Page Updated:  1 Feb 2015
by Rozanne of zandance.com
Contact: info@zandance.com

The Ballet House

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Old Old Studio.

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There were several copies of this picture, indicating it was something special.  It has been identified as a master class, perhaps a summer workshop.  Those identified to date:
Alicia Markova, Maria Dare, Katherine Scott, Joan Smith, Dick Cahill, Mimi Frevert, Estelle Robinson.
Can you identify any others or the year?  Click picture above or  here for enlargements.
"Oh, how I miss ...
The quiet inner contemplation
during the barre's construction,
the little war with body parts, the happiness of flying across a huge floor.  The incredible feeling
of wellness as a reward."
___Shirley,
Former Ballet House dancer, Now. "Viviana”, professional Flamenco dancer and teacher.