Maria Tallchief Scholarship Fund

The School of American Ballet joined the world in mourning the passing of the singular American ballerina Maria Tallchief on April 11, 2013. Maria first stepped into SAB’s studios in 1942 at the age of 17 as a newly minted member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Inspired by the example of the SAB-trained dancer Mary Ellen Moylan and a growing artistic partnership with George Balanchine, she returned many times in subsequent years to absorb the lessons of SAB’s faculty, most notably Muriel Stuart, Anatole Oboukoff and Pierre Vladimiroff. After rising to renown as the leading dancer of the newly established New York City Ballet in the late-1940s, Maria continued to appear in SAB’s classrooms, serving as a shining role model for the School’s students. She was also a member of the guest faculty during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1977, Maria joined SAB’s Advisory Council and remained a member until her death. The School is deeply honored to share in Maria’s history and will treasure her legacy always.

The family of Maria Tallchief has established a scholarship in her honor to support the development of future ballerinas at SAB. Contributions to the Maria Tallchief Scholarship Fund may be made online by clicking the link below or by mailing a check payable to SAB to:

The School of American Ballet
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10023-6592
ATTN: Tallchief Fund

Click here to make a donation online to the Maria Tallchief Scholarship Fund

Gifts to the Maria Tallchief Scholarship Fund will be included in the School’s permanent endowment fund. Appropriations from the permanent endowment fund will be approved annually by the School’s Board based on applicable New York State not-for-profit corporation law. The School may appropriate and spend from a permanent endowment fund that has a market value that is less than the value of the original gifts so long as any appropriation is prudently determined in accordance with the law and the School’s mission.