Music: American as Wampum

The U.S., which lacks Europe's state-supported ballet schools and its longstanding ballet tradition, is supposed to be a dim spot for the production of topflight classical ballerinas. Last week, watching Oklahoma-born Maria Tallchief dance with the vigorous young New York City Ballet Company, balletomanes could smile at that one. Combining gusto with flawless technique, Maria's performance in Firebird already ranks as one of the finest in present-day ballet; her other specialties, e.g., the Balanchine-Bizet Symphony in C, her Pas de Deux from Sylvia, and Divertimento, are danced with the style and confidence...

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