Dorothy Marsh in Guides uniform 1930s
Guide Camp at Castle Carey c1936
From left: Dorothy Marsh; Nesta Gale; Kathy Smith; Mary Phillips
Elizabeth's interest in dance began at the age of 5, when her mother took her to Louis and Edna Spriddell's dance school. Elizabeth then went on to the Cone & Ripman School, Stratford Place, London; now the famous Arts Educational School, for full time training. She gained her Associate's Certificate from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in July 1937. An Associate was a person who had passed the required examination, but is either under age or has not the necessary three years' experience as a Teacher of Dancing in a responsible position, to qualify for Membership. In August 1937 she was admitted as a full member as her qualifications as a Teacher of Dancing had been proved to the satisfaction of the Administrative Council. Elizabeth then took over Spriddell's school before the war. During the war she served in the Land Army in Upwey, whilst keeping the school going in her spare time.
By 1948 the family were living at The Maples in Laurel Lane, Upwey. Daphne joined Elizabeth's school of dance when she was 10 (c.1950) and classes were held in the Sowter Lodge, Weymouth -
Saturdays during the summer, were spent dancing at many fetes for churches and various charities. The transport to and from these numerous performances was in Elizabeth's old Austin Seven car, affectionately known as 'Tiddler'.
Daphne recalls: 'Whilst returning from a fete at Frampton, I noticed that we could see the road through the floor and as it had started raining, the roof was also leaking. Elizabeth said 'Don't worry dear, as long as we get home -
The whole family were musicians and one amusing memory that Roy (Elizabeth's brother) had is of plying at a fete on a piano that was wheeled out onto the lawn. Whilst playing, the piano started to sink into the ground and Roy had to ask parents to help hold the piano up as he continued to play.
Elizabeth's life long love of the arts continued long after she retired and right up to the end of her life she attended adult ballet classes run by her past pupil and friend Daphne Crump who says 'She will always be remembered for her dignity, elegance and disposition -
Elizabeth would certainly be proud of Daphne's achievements, being Principal of Weymouth School of Ballet & Theatre Arts; a family run business started by Daphne 49 years ago and now involving her daughter Lisa.