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Tallchief, a brilliant American ballerina, dies

One of the 20th-century’s greatest ballerinas,¬† who was also a force on Chicago’s dance scene, has died.

Maria Tallchief passed away on Thursday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital of complications from a broken hip. She was 88.

Tallchief was instrumental in the Joffrey Ballet’s relocation to Chicago in the 1990′s.

She was also director of ballet for Chicago’s Lyric Opera¬† during the 1970′s.

The following decade Tallchief debuted the Chicago City Ballet.

Tallchief was born in a small town on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma in 1925.

She was an inspiration for renowned choreographer George Balanchine, to whom she was married for several years.

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2 Comments to “Tallchief, a brilliant American ballerina, dies”

    MAG said:
    April 13, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    In my teens I became a fan of the NYC Ballet Co. & the beauty of her dance. She was perfection.

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