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Marjorie Tallchief

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Premier Dancer

Paris Opera Ballet

Employment History

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    Ballet Archive
  • Dancers
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Web References
Vote for the Greatest Native American, 16 June 2006 [cached]
191. Marjorie Tallchief (Osage) - Ballerina She was 21 months younger than her sister, Maria, but Marjorie was a brilliant dancer in her own right. She was the first American to join the Paris Opera Ballet as "Premiere danseuse etoile" and with her sister, founded the Chicago City Ballet in 1981. "Marjorie does not receive the recognition she deserves. Yes, Maria was wonderful and made great strides in race relations and understanding in this country, but so did his sister Marjorie."
Press Enterprise, Inc, 18 Oct 2004 [cached]
Audrey Magee presented an interesting program on five living Native American women, all from Oklahoma, who achieved prima ballerina status in the 1950's and 60's: Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, Osage Indians; Rosella Hightower, Choctow Indian; Yvonne Chouteau, Shawnee-Cherokee Indian, and Moscelyne Larkin, Shawnee-Peoria Indian.
Marjorie Tallchief was the first American to become a premier dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet.
Ballet Archive: All Dancers, 3 Oct 2004 [cached]
Marjorie Tallchief
Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain | History, 29 April 2014 [cached]
Actors Jane Alexander and Richard Thomas, Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday, Grammy Award winner Leona Mitchell, dancers Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, Academy Award winning director Ross Kauffman, and visual artists Fritz Scholder, Robert Zakanitch, and Richard Avedon have all taught at Quartz Mountain.
Dance Spirit Magazine - Dancing Out Of The Dust Bowl, 16 May 2005 [cached]
The four small Oklahoma towns in which Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, Rosella Hightower, Moscelyne Larkin and Yvonne Chouteau grew up in during the 1920s and their Native American heritage connected them forever,giving them a special sense of groundedness.
Maria and Marjorie studied at Ernest Belcher studios in Los Angeles, while the others studied with ballet teacher Dorothy Perkins in Kansas City.
Four of them eventually became Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo members; Marjorie was offered a position but chose not to join because her older sister Maria,too similar in appearance to perform different roles in the same ballet,was already in the company.
Marjorie Tallchief performing Giselle at the Paris Opéra
Marjorie was extremely limber and just as talented, but "a little more happy-go-lucky," Livingston adds.
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