In addition to being a Disnerd and a lover of fairy tales, I’m also a (lousy) ballet dancer, and was to saddened to hear of the death of Maria Tallchief, one of the most talented American ballet dancers of the twentieth century and the first Native American prima ballerina of a major company.

Photo by Walter B. Owen: Maria Tallchief in George Balanchine’s Scotch Symphony, from the New York City Ballet Archives.