Mar 5, 2012

Three weeks after her 27th birthday, while on tour with the company in Denmark, the ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq was stricken with polio.

Muse of many faces: Ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq's life and times, before and after Balanchine, remembered (and, now novelized)

By Joel Lobenthal

On stage, New York City Baller star Tanaquil Le Clercq could embody every archetype of woman she was called on to portray, and so could be every type of ballerina.
Her unique style and sensibility were due in part to the unlikely marriage of her father Jacques, a French academic, and her mother Edith, a former debutante from St. Louis. It reflected, too, the way she was molded by, and had inspired the world’s great choreographers, above all George Balanchine, NYCB’s founder and artistic director

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