Miss Roche before we knew her

 

Miss Roche was taught by Madame Vacani, who also taught Royalty, and debutantes how to curtsey to Royalty

 

 

 Beatrice models for a cigarette card - she was a very early pupil of Miss Roche

 

Beatrice Appleyard, 1934, photographed by society photographer, Emil Otto Hoppé 

 

 

 Beatrice, by Hoppé

 

 Beatrice introduced British ballet to Turkey and married a famous pianist there, Mithat Fenmen

 

 

 As a boarder for many years and a great favourite, Jeanette Grainger was given lots of ballet books - here, the signatures include Miss Roche, Colonel Bowyer and Daphne Hawkesworth

 

 

 

 

Jeanette, from the personal photo collection of Miss Roche 

 

Jeanette 1951, during the run of Bless The Bride  at

Stoll Theatre in the West End

 

 

"Decima, Jeanette and Helen" painted by William Russell Flint, 1945 

 

Sylvia Ody - a one-time boarder with Miss Roche, Sylvia went on to run her own ballet school in Australia for 26 years 

 

 

Marion Astill, also a boarder, seen here during her cabaret days 

 

Ann Talbot, voted the most beautiful woman on television, and she was the tallest TV Topper 

 

 

Picturegoer  cover, 17 March 1956 

 

 Ann models the 'Chick's Kiss' hairstyle, Easter 1958

 

 

 

 

Pauline Fleet (Walmsley) in costume for I Love 'em All'  with Terry Thomas in Happy Holiday Blackpool 1954 

 

 

 

 

 Toi in Greek costume, during her Roche days

 

 

 Toi when a teenager and back in Thailand

 

Toi more recently 

 

 

 Susan Stoddart looks up to her Auntie, Anne Devonshire -

they were the Junior and Senior cup winners, 1956

 

 

 Anne Devonshire, The Lepidopterist's Dream

 

 

 Susan Stoddart, The Little Nut Tree

 

 Jim, Dorothy, and Susan White

 

 

 Dorothy White, aged 7

 

 Paula Dunn, actress, dancer and choreographer

 

 

 Paula, modelling

 

 Vivien Squibb as Red Riding Hood  Bury St Edmunds, 1971/72

 

 

two portraits of Moira Grassi  

 

 Moira

 

 

 Moira, dance teacher

 

Noël Nicol, dance teacher and choreographer, Tasmania 1976 

 

 

 Carolyn Lacey

 

 following her years with the National Ballet of Iran, and the Festival Ballet, Carolyn became an air hostess

 

 

Maxine and Michele Gordon  

 

 Marian Golec

 

 

Janet French, Northern Ballet (private collection of Miss Roche) 

 

Yvonne Plester, Sargent & Plester School of Dancing 

 

 

 Annette was taught by our teacher, Miss Mona Clague

 

 Miss Clague drew her own costume designs

 

 

 It's great that Paula kept all these drawings!

 

 

 

 

Puss in Boots 

 

 "Will the mothers please be quiet over there, we can't hear ourselves think!"   cried Miss Roche.  Drawn by Libby Evans

 

 

Marmaduke's Dream Duchess - Libby Evans

 

Les Sylphides our Gill is 3rd left, front, Margot Fonteyn, centre  'Gala Ballet Season', Royal Festival Hall, 1978 

 

 

 Artist Libby Evans' portrayal of Miss Roche

 

KJ Chua, Bluebird 

 

 

Gillian & KJ, The Bluebird pas de deux