Above all, I wanted to be appreciated as a prima ballerina who happened to be a Native American, never as someone who was an American Indian ballerina.

— Maria Tallchief

The most vibrant Maria Tallchief quotes to get the best of your day

A ballerina takes steps given to her and makes them her own.

Each individual brings something different to the same role.


What's important is that I'm working with very talented young people.


I don't mind being listed alphabetically. I do mind being treated alphabetically.