The Los Angeles Examiner featured a photo of June in her costume with fellow performers Mrs. Shunway Enderley - reader, interpreter and harpist - and Margaret Goetz- "who is giving highly instructive operalogues." The caption above June's photo read "Highly Talented".
Elizabeth and June must have been hoping that George Roper wouldn't be in Los Angeles and that he didn't read the Examiner.
In her third year of high school, June's father died and this opened avenues for the young woman. No longer would she need to hide her activities and she could make more positive moves towards the career she longed for.
George left her an inheritance and June used it to enrol in a private school where she learned English, French and painting in the afternoons and left her mornings free for her dance training. At 7 a.m., June was at the Belcher Studios.
June's studies brought a mastery of basic ballet technique. She was also able to acquire a profound insight into the mechanics and physics of dancing through private lessons. She got occasional assignments in films which helped pay for the the personal instruction.
One such assignment where she was a stand-in for Billie Dove required June to do a spectacular high dive into the water at Catalina Island and stab a shark that threatened the film's heroine. Fortunately, her brothers gave her lessons in high-diving.
At sixteen, June was an accomplished ballroom dancer and had mastered many theatrical versions of the major ethnic dance forms. She began to incorporate elements from her ballet training into her adagio work. She worked with Jose Novarro, brother of the film idol Ramon, who worked with her for two months developing a routine she tried out at her high school's annual show. She was successful in training a partner from scratch and this talent would be repeated in her years as a performer and a teacher in Canada.
Monday, I will start telling you about June Roper's professional career. She was a determined young woman and I think we can all learn from her on how to succeed at what you want to do. Once again, I would like to thank Leland Windreich and his book June Roper Ballet Starmaker for the information above.
Have a great weekend and I hope you find the beauty around you.