I love reading about Maggie here, and can add a little to the history.
I studied with Maggie in the 1960s when she first began teaching. She had a small apt. on 72d Street in New York with her husband Joe & 2 dogs. The living room, where the front door entered, was the studio. The next room was the *******. The next room was the bedroom. Everything pretty small, no dressing room, I guess we changed in the bathroom, I don't really remember. There were tall stools in the ******* for eating at the counter -- those became our barres ("barre stools" actually
) I was one of only 5 students, and I was just beginning on pointe. This was not easy at the unstable, tippy barres! The dogs wandered around among us as we stood at the barre, begging for attention.
Ultimately Maggie moved on to a bigger space, and yet another even bigger space. I went to her class off and on over the years, until I started teaching myself. And yes, center placement was (and still is!) top priority. I had partly forgotten where my own emphasis on center placement began, starting from first position. I'm still teaching basically the same thing, only starting from 3rd. And I still agree -- center placement is crucial, and makes all other skills easier, actually possible -- turnout, balance, extensions, pirouettes, you name it. Live on, Maggie!