Maria Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina / Edition 1by Maria Tallchief, Larry Kaplan
Pub. Date: 04/28/2005
Publisher: University Press of Florida
A fascinating self-portrait of the fairy-tale life of a woman who understood that a committed talent could transform the world around her.
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Maria Tallchief starts her childhood in Oklahoma when her dance was forced upon her by her mother. Her sister and her were in the same dance class the whole time they were growing up. They move to Los Angles to pursue dancing careers but Maria is the only one that goes to Dance. She travles with a professional dance team where she meets her older husband and becomes a hit ballerina and is famous for the way she can dance. Major themes in this book would be dedication and perseverance because Maria puts forth 100% effort at every practice, she takes all advice seriously and practices out her weak points. I really enjoyed the story of how much she had to travel and the detail in how she was feeling for the crazy life of a dancer. There were a lot of lists of long names and theatres and other dancers that were always being talked about that made the book a little boring and hard to read at points. I would recommend this book if you are really into dance and need some inspiration to be the best. I wouldn't read this book if you have no connection to dance because you will be very lost.
As a dancer, I was definately inspired by Maria Tallchief's autobiography. I felt as though I had a little peice of her inside me, once I knew about her story.