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!