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.
Learn all about this trailblazing performer in this captivating illustrated biography from the Who Was...? series. Black-and-white illustrations provide visual sidebars to the history of ballet while taking readers through the life of this amazing dancer.
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