|aWho was Maria Tallchief? /|cby Catherine Gourley ; illustrated by Val Paul Taylor.
|aNew York :|bGrosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Random House,|cc2013.
|a103 p. :|bill., maps ;|c20 cm.
|aWho is Maria Tallchief? -- Osage reservation -- Rampage -- Keeper of the drum -- Pianos and toe shoes -- Madame Jijinska -- On the road -- Mr. Balanchine's muse -- Firebird's magic -- Princess of two worlds -- New loves and sad farewells -- Protest -- Swans.
|aA biography of the Osage Indian ballerina whose love of dance took her from a life on a reservation to a career on the stage.
Born in 1925, Maria Tallchief spent part of her childhood on an Osage reservation in Oklahoma. With the support of her family and world-renowned choreographer George Balanchine, she rose to the top of her art form to become America's first prima ballerina. Black-and-white illustrations provide visual sidebars to the history of ballet while taking readers through the life of this amazing dancer.