Typical Party After a Boston Ballet Company Performance - left to right - Shanna, Veronica, Alphy, Jeanne & Cecily

Typical Party After a Boston Ballet Company Performance - left to right - Shanna, Veronica, Alphy,  Jeanne  & Cecily

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Typical Party After a Boston Ballet Company (BBC) Performance - left to right - Shanna, Veronica, Alphy, Jeanne & Cecily.

  • Shanna Bereska, from Maine, was very exquisite. As you can plainly see, she looked like Ava Gardner, and her skin was like porcelain. Shanna was already teaching at this point. Rhonda L. mentioned her recently in an email. Shanna often taught for Virginia when she was otherwise preoccupied.
  • Veronica Fell from New Zealand. She and Alphy were great friends. I believe Veronica has been teaching in Europe at a high level for the past decades. Veronica was very elegant and fun, with a beautiful, tiny tiny ribcage. You can see that in the picture. Alphy just adored her.
  • Alphonse Poulin who was also from Maine. Alphy was my first Dance Partner. He will always be extra special to me, and to so many others he has touched with his sheer love of dance.
  • Jeanne Churchill, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, I think, or maybe Brookline. Jeanne is the Head of the Dance Department at Bard College. My husband, Chic says Jeanne is beautiful and looks like me. (;-)
  • Cecily Travsky Winslow Bressel in a rare photo before my first rhinoplasty. That dress was silver which was all the rage that year. My mother, Shelley, often bought me orchids, usually on a wrist band. I had taken off my fake eyelashes after the performance, but, Jeanne, who hardly ever wore make-up on a daily basis, kept hers on. We would finish the performance, change out of our costumes, and rush to get ready for the Post Performance Party. We were always allowed alcohol though some of us were underage- usually champagne! We happily mingled with the balletomanes - the patrons, sponsors, and benefactors, as well as other Boston Ballet Staff members, who also attended the party. We had so much fun! The parties were always Hollywood perfect. How lucky we were to be so young and free.
  • Shanna taught for Virginia in the afternoon. Sydney would teach later on, after she got off work... Many times, Sydney would even take class. She did great chainee turns. On Friday afternoons, Dorothy Etheridge Smith (from the Ballet Russe) taught at 4 or 4:30. It was the only class she taught all week. Usually, I was the only serious dancer from my age group at the school or dancing in the Company who took Dorothy's class. She had gorgeous legs and demonstrated beautiful ronds de jambe on l'air. Other days it either was Virginia or Shanna. They both taught very dance-y classes; Shanna definitely taught in E. Virginia's style, a special gift for everyone.

    This photo was taken at the party, by Studio 350, Inc., 350 Newbury St., Boston. Newbury Street was and is very ritzy. That word comes from The Ritz Carlton Hotel, at the corner of Newbury and the Public Garden.

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