A classic portrait of Margaret Craske on Happy House porch at Meher Spiritual Center, where she retired in her later years.
Photographer: Win Coates.
British-born Margaret Craske was among the group who welcomed Meher Baba on his first visit to England in 1931. A ballet teacher with her own school in London, she had danced with the Ballet Russe and the Royal Ballet, but gave the school away in 1941 to sail for India to spend seven years in Meher Baba’s ashram at Meherabad.
Upon her return to England in 1946, she was appointed ballet mistress of American Ballet Theatre and sailed for America, where, Meher Baba told her, she would “lay cables” for him. Over the following years, she also taught at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet , the Julliard School and Manhattan School of Ballet. Some of her dance students became followers of Meher Baba. Miss Craske retired from teaching in 1987 and moved to Myrtle Beach, SC, near the Meher Spiritual Center, where she was a member of the Board of Directors. She died on February 18, 1990 at the age of 97.