American Indian Ballerinas

American Indian Ballerinas

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This is the first authorized biography of four twentieth-century American Indian ballerinas: Maria Tallchief, Rosella Hightower, Marjorie Tallchief, and Yvonne Chouteau. Each grew up in Oklahoma during the 1920s and 1930s and went on to achieve international fame. Lili Cockerille Livingston, who worked with all four ballerinas during her own career as a dancer, draws upon her extensive interviews with the women to bring their stories to life while also shedding new light both on the development of New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the now-defunct Harkness Ballet and Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas.She was going to dance in essentially the same company that had sent her to ballet class in the first place. Time could not move fast enough. The news was received with great trepidation at home, however. ... aquot;I did not speak a word of French, but I had my train schedules written out on a card in French so I could make the right connections after we docked at Le ... I packed one black dress for going out, a few everyday things, what pointe shoes I had, and hundreds of practice clothes.

Title:American Indian Ballerinas
Author:Lili Cockerille Livingston
Publisher:University of Oklahoma Press - 1999-03-01


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