Marie Tallchief

I chose to research information about Marie Tallchief because as we were watching The Rite of Spring in our last class session, the dancers reminded me of Native Americans, causing me to be curious on whether there were any famous ballerina’s who had an impact on ballet. Marie was the first Native American ballerina to break into the world of ballet, which she studied while living in California. She had the opportunity to dance with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. In 1947, she became the first prima ballerina of the New York City Ballet, and in that same year, she became the first American to dance with the Paris Opera Ballet. I feel that she is an exceptional dancer who not only broke the barrier to allow Native Americans to be apart of the world of ballet, but was also involved in major productions. She received the Kennedy Center Honors for contributing her artistic ideas the United States, and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame!

Dia Clark

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2 thoughts on “Marie Tallchief

  1. Over the years, I have found that the dance world does not get as much recognition as it deserves. There are so many amazing people in the industry, but it is constantly being overlooked by celebrities or athletes. Tallchief won all these awards and accomplished all of these goals, yet I have never heard of her. She is clearly an inspirational woman and could be a great role model. I find it astounding she broke into the industry so early in the 1900s, as Civil Rights hadn’t even happened yet. That fact proves how great a dancer she was, and how much she deserved every ounce of recognition she recieved.

    Lana Rakestraw

  2. I agree with Lana, it amazes me that ballet can be such a beautiful art, and get overlooked so much. Marie Tallchief is a great example of the successes of ballet. She managed to accomplish so much, and not let anything hold her back. She broke the barriers of ballet and because of that made an impact on the world of ballet.

    Aislin Sheffield

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