April 13, 2013 12:38 AM Subscribe
"If anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away." American ballerina Maria Tallchief
A native of Oklahoma, she was descended from the Osage Nation. She began dancing at a young age and studied with another formidable woman of ballet, Bronislava Njinska
. At age 17, she joined the Ballets Russes
and went on to become the first-ever prima ballerina
of Native American descent.
During the course of her 88 years
Her sister, Marjorie Tallchief
, was also a prima ballerina.