Began training with Christensen brothers, Ruby Asquith, and Gisella Caccialanza, San Francisco. Studied with Leo Staats, Lubov Egorova, Olga Preobrajenska, Mathilde Kshessinskaya, Paris, 1951.
Dancer Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, Paris, 1952-1955, Chicago, Utah and San Francisco Ballets, 1955. Prima ballerina Berlin Ballet, 1956. Director Academy of Ballet, San Francisco, 1974-1989, associate director, 1989-1997.
Coach master classes in ballet, professional dancers including Natalia Makarova, Karen Averty, Wes Chapman, Jean Charles Gil, others. Coached principle dancers, Cincinnati Ballet. Guest coach for Ballet Camille-Boston Ballet.
Daughter of Edward and Flora (Bar) S. M. John Roland Upton Junior, August 7, 1983.