RIP: Maria Tallchief (1925-2013)
America’s first prima ballerina, Maria Tallchief: January 24, 1925 – April 11, 2013.
She talks of working with her first husband, George Balanchine:
To me, her performance as Eurydice in Orpheus may be the most emotionally expressive thing I have ever seen danced, though I only saw portions of it on video:
Even after she retired from dance, she remained a national treasure.
Rest in peace.