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Maria Tallchief with George Balanchine. Photo by Martha Swope.

Balanchine and ballerinas

Maria Tallchief. Prima ballerina and American Indian who married George Balanchine and acted as his muse.

I must read Maria Tallchief's autobiography; the half-Native American ballerina created the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the first Balanchine Nutcracker and was also Balanchine's wife.

vintage ballet...Maria Tallchief

george balanchine’s school of american ballet, 1936.