Maria Tallchief was a ballerina born in Fairfax, Oklahoma on January 24, 1925. She danced from a very young age, and when she was 8, her parents moved to LA to help advance her dancing career as well as her sister’s. She stayed committed to to the art of ballet and at 17, she moved to New York to pursue her dream. She spent 5 years with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, where she met George Balanchine who advanced her career substantially and who she fell in love with and wed. In 1946, Balanchine co-founded the New York City Ballet, and Tallchief became the company’s first star. Tallchief danced her heart out, and Balanchine choreographed her steps; together they revolutionized the Ballet. Dancing in Firebird and The Nutcracker, Tallchief established herself as the prima ballerina of her time. She was an amazing dancer, and her skills made the ballet attractive and alluring to Americans for one of the first times in US history. Additionally, after touring in with the Paris Opera Ballet, the french fell in love with her and worshiped her creativity and skill. Tallchief was disliked by many dancers due to her talent, but she changed the ballet scene forever. After her retirement from the ballet, she continued promoting her passion as the director of ballet at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and by founding the Chicago city ballet. Tallchief fascinated me with her intense devotion to her passion of ballet. Her relationship with Balanchine also interested me as two lovers worked together to change their niche in the world of ballet into something more advanced and beautiful.