She learnt every dance from ballet to Russian and Hungarian jigs but returned to her “first love, Spanish.
This was followed by a season in “Intimate Revue” at the Henry Irving Theatre, London giving Ochita great opportunity to fulfill her choreographic skills and acting ability.
Ochita was chosen to appear in two Royal Command Performances, one at the Adelphi Theatre, London, and the other to re-join the International Ballet Company whom once again contracted her to dance the lead role and do the choreography.
Ochita in Capriccio Espagnol
In London’s West End, Ochita performed as the Prima Ballerina in “Capriccio Espagnol” [choreographed by Léonide Massine” at the Festival Hall, London]. The company toured for two and a half years ending at the Arena di Verona for a summer season in conjunction with the Scala Milan Opera Company. This production opened the season at the Festival Hall playing before her Majesty the Queen.
An extensive tour of the UK and Ireland of almost 3 years followed. Then another season in Italy in conjunction with the Milan Opera Company at the Arena di Verona with Maria Callas.
Ochita with dancer, Luis Nieto
Her final performance with the International Ballet Company was in Italy at the Arena di Verona with Maria Callas and the Scals Milan Opera Company. Ochita finally left the company to marry actor and comedian, Ron Parry. Shortly after, they were booked to tour the American Zone of Germany, followed by a contract to play the Tivoli Theatre Circuit in Australia. Ron acted as the principal comedian, and Ochita as the principal Flamenco dancer with a 12 month contract before heading back to London to fulfill other working commitments.
Ochita choreographed and danced in various TV and theatre productions in the U.K. such as “Along the Gypsy Trail” and “Flamenco Fire” after which she again toured the American Zone of Germany this time with a male Spanish dancer Luis Nieto, combining Spanish and Adagio.
Ochita with her future husband, Ron Parry
On December 15, 1952, Ron Parry, a talented comedian, entered Ochita’s life, and they married prior to Ron’s appearing at his first Royal Command Performance which was followed by a seven month season with Cliff Richard at the London Palladium. Ochita and Ron travelled to Australia with the Tivoli Theatre Circuit on an original three month contract which was extended to twelve months.
Ochita visiting the Great Levante in Sydney, going up a cable car on the cliff slope to his house
Two daughters were born. Australia once again beckoned for Ochita and her husband on a 3 month Queensland tour with the then world famous International magician ‘Great Levante’ with the Stanley Mackay Variety show of which Mario Calpe, The Italian Tenor, accompanied Ochita in her own ‘scene’ by singing ‘Granada’. Ochita performed as a Spanish Dancer and Ron, as a Compere/Comedian.
Ochita and Ron then decided that Australia was the country for their children to grow up in. Ochita then had another daughter in Sydney. They then returned to Sydney to fulfill nightclub and TV engagements, Ochita as a flamenco soloist and Ron to start his own twice weekly TV show “Here’s Parry“ for A .D .S .7.
Ochita dancing at a photo shoot
Whilst in Sydney, Ochita was asked by the Spanish Club to perform solo at the historical Cell Block theatre and to give the public a taste of all the different types of Spanish dance with Flamenco guitarists and singers playing in between her costume changes. This was to enable her to display the variety of Flamenco dances such as Bulerias, Fandango de Huelva, Tientos, etc. Ochita also performed the Soleares with a cola (costume with a long train) to demonstrate the art of performing in such a costume. She also displayed her knowledge of Regional dances, such as ‘Jota Aragonesa,’ ‘Valenciana’, etc., as well as Classical Spanish pieces where her uncanny dexterous and incredibly multitalented castanet playing were performed with true natural musicianship featuring the music of Lecuona’s “Malaguena”.
Ochita with student, Sandi Goff
This gave Ochita the opportunity to demonstrate her knowledge of Classical Spanish, Flamenco and Regional Spanish – such as Jotas, etc. She also received many requests in Adelaide by well-known dance schools to choreograph and teach their students in preparation for competitions and Eisteddfods. Ochita proudly stated 98% of them won first prize (the remaining 2% win second!)
When the famous Spanish Guitarist, “Segovia,” visited Australia, he honoured Ochita by inviting her to be photographed with him for his newspaper publicity photos. Other famous guitarists, who honoured her by spending some of their valuable time with Ochita during their short visits to Adelaide, were Paco Pena and Manitas de Plata.
Joaquin, Ochita and Manitas de Plata
3 months booking at the “Tabou Nightclub” in Sydney’s Centre and besides performing, Ochita was requested to train and choreograph six young dancers.
Later, though 5 months pregnant with their third child,
In 1972, Ochita and her famous husband, stand-up comedian and actor, “Ron Parry,” decided Adelaide was the best city for their children to grow up in and moved to South Australia. Due to her husband’s success with his variety show, “Here’s Parry“, on Channel 7 [Adelaide] the family moved to Adelaide. A contract with NWS Channel 9 brought the Parry family back to Adelaide and a decision was made to settle there.
Ochita returned to performing as a Spanish Dancer commencing with Los Amigos and found herself teaching students her passionate art form.
Ochita at Los Amigos with John and Joaquin
The demand for her teaching skills in Flamenco and Spanish Dance kept growing so much that, in 1974 Ochita formed “The Spanish Dancing Academy of Australia” – the first of its kind in Adelaide. And her entourage known as “The Flamenco Fiesta Compania” performed at various restaurants, clubs, public and private functions over many years. Often, SDSA would put on their own productions which Ochita loved putting together whilst her husband Ron would proudly compere the shows.
Ochita continued for 3 years at the, then famous, “Los Amigos,” then “El Matadors,” followed by “La Taverna Espanola.” where she became the resident Flamenco dancer.
Ochita with some students and Paco, the guitarist