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En Pointe

During the 1920's and 1930's, international ballet was dominated by Russians. As World War II approached, a new generation of Americans were preparing to dance their way to the top of the ballet world.

Five of those dancers were Native Americans from small communities in the State of Oklahoma.

These are their stories, told in their own words...

Maria Tallchief... America's most famous prima ballerina, the star of the New York City BalletÍ the supreme embodiment of the Balanchine style.

Rosella Hightower... As prima ballerina with the Marquis de Cuevas Company, she was the toast of Europe and an exquisite interpreter of the Russian classical tradition.

Marjorie Tallchief... A ballerina of technical virtuosity combined with an electric presence, she was the first American to become a prima ballerina with the Paris Opera Ballet.

Yvonne Chouteau... As a ballerina with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, she was the perfect romantic dancer, combining beauty and grace in her signature role in the ballet Romeo and Juliet.

Moscelyne Larkin... As a ballerina with the original Ballet Russe, Ms. Larkin became a living encyclopedia of the classic repertoire of the Russian ballet.

En Pointe


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