American Prima Ballerina, Maria Tallchief, on the American quarter

Maria Tallchief Honored by the U.S. Mint

Covet is proud to join the U.S. Mint in honoring Maria Tallchief, the first American prima ballerina! Her image is now being featured on an American quarter as part of a program that exclusively acknowledges the achievements of women. This inspiring collection demonstrates what can be possible with determination, perseverance and the indomitable spirit of American women. As part of this tribute we are including one of these beautiful brand new coins straight from the U.S. Mint with every order.*
Covet Dance is giving away a commemorative Maria Tallchief quarter with every order
Here's some inspiring facts about the groundbreaking dancer, Maria Tallchief:
  • Maria Tallchief's Native American heritage made her a true trailblazer in the ballet world. Her success broke barriers and inspired future generations of diverse dancers!
  • Tallchief joined some of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world, including Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and the New York City Ballet. In 1947, she became the first American to dance with the Paris Opera Ballet.
  • As the first Prima of the New York City Ballet, George Balanchine was so inspired by her that he created iconic roles for her in "The Firebird" and "The Nutcracker," where her  Sugar Plum Fairy helped to elevate the holiday classic from relative obscurity in the U.S. into one of ballet’s most popular, annual productions.
  • Her sister, Marjorie Tallchief, was also a renowned dancer, and danced with the Paris Opera Ballet.  
  • In her retirement she became the founder and artistic director of the Chicago City Ballet.
  • In honor of her contribution to the arts, Maria Tallchief has been selected to be featured on the American quarter! The coin features Tallchief in a flying saut de chat wearing her costume from "The Firebird." Her Osage name, Wa-Xthe-Thonba, which means "Two Standards" is written in Osage orthography underneath her image.  

 *While supplies last

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