For Maria Tallchief

An altar, on Dia de Los Muertos.



Photo of Maria Tallchief from Ballet Portraits by Maurice Seymour, copyright 1952, Pellegrini and Cudahy, New York
P.S., I’m not an expert on her life or anything, I just wanted to honor her today for being awesome. America’s first prima, and all that.

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Had my first ballet class Ever at the advanced age of thirty-two. Yikes.
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7 Responses to For Maria Tallchief

  1. Jane Lambert says:

    My own tribute to her on her death last year and the recollections of one of my friends who met Tallchief at the studio of Olga Prebrajenska in Paris

    • That description of Preobrajenksa is delightful, thanks for sharing. How amazing to have studied with her as a girl, how big but small and constantly overlapping the world of ballet is.

  2. Molly says:

    I did a report on her in the 4th grade! For my presentation, I choreographed my own dance to a Fleetwood Mac song. I really nailed the classical element of her career, I think.

  3. 22dncr says:

    She was the first Ballerina I ever saw and one of the reasons I danced. I saw her do Dying Swan on Ed Sullivan and was hooked!

    Madam Preo (what the students called Preobrajenska) was one of the main teachers of my first Master Teacher. He used to tell the funniest stories about her and boy, could he mimic her.

    Thanks for the memory

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