Portraits on the Dance Studio Walls

All who entered Joanne Perez’s dance studio will remember the striking vintage portraits on the walls, encircling the room above the mirrors. Would you like to see them again? Scroll down.

Joanne’s husband Jose Escobar Perez, “Pepito, the Spanish Clown,” used his skills as an artist to apply oil paints on top of photographic enlargements of their vaudeville and nightclub publicity pictures, to “colorize” the originally black-and-white images.

Do you have any clues to the names of two “mystery women” in the portraits? Leave a reply below.

5 thoughts on “Portraits on the Dance Studio Walls

  1. I was a ballet student of Joanne’s in the 80’s. I danced for ten years. I have very fond memories of my time there. I visited her once when I moved out the area. I often thought of her. She was a great ballet teacher and wonderful woman.


  2. The mystery woman portrait is Maria Tallchief.
    I asked Ms Joanne about it and ended up writing a book report on her.
    I was a student of Ms. Joanne for 8 years, Portia for hula, and Chanda for jazz. I loved the recitals outside, the old costumes that were still so gorgeous, was always in awe of the hand painted butterfly wings for the lucky girl who did the solo on pointe shoes…singing Honey Bun, the little flower baskets we used in the early years, the canes – she was truly special. It was also so very special the very few times I got to go into her house. Everything was amazing to look at. Miss her and the studio so much. I still drive by it when I visit family in Santa Ana.


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